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Who Is… Josh Osho



Josh Osho is an up-and-coming singer/songwriter referred to as “a grittier John Legend or an unplugged Seal by The Guardian UK’s Paul Lester. He is currently signed to the international record label, Island Records which is arguably the most prestigious record label in the history of British music; it has names like Akon, Drake, Asher Roth, Common and so many more global superstars in its repertoire.

Josh Osho was brought up in south London. His parents split when he was young and are now individually involved in programmes that help young people better themselves.

His Nigerian born father, who now runs a youth learning centre and mentor programme in south London, was a boxer. And, as a member of a Ska band, Forbidden Routes which was later renamed Positive Routes, had direct influences to Josh Osho at such a young age.

While his Northern Irish mother, whose father was also Nigerian, came to the UK when she was 19, working all sorts of odd jobs to make ends meet; working everything from a nanny to a cleaner and a social worker.


As a young boy growing up in Lambeth, Josh was encouraged by his parents to be a thinker, to question and to be socially conscious. He loved school, was good at English and football, and accompanied his mum to her twice-weekly church outings. But he wasn’t always able to avoid the inevitable negativities that life in London thrusts upon vulnerable teenagers.

“There’s so much crime in south London because there’s nothing to do. When you’re growing up, you end up getting yourself into trouble because that’s all there is to do.”

Josh Osho got officially jump started his music career  when he was 18 via an online new talent competition “Talent Lives”, which he won. This opened doors for him which enabled him take part in the TV series “Debutantes”, which saw him gain valuable music business experience.

After a year spent working with various songwriting teams, Josh Osho was brought to the attention of Island Records’ Darcus Beese, the man behind Amy Winehouse and Frankmusik. And, by 2011, Josh Osho had been signed to Island Records.

His debut album, “L.I.F.E”, is executive produced by Wu Tang Clan‘s RZA; and his debut single “Redemption Days” which was recently added to BBC 1Xtra’s B-list, features another Wu Tang Clan music industry veteran, Ghostface Killah.


At just 20 years-old, Josh Osho seems far more experienced and mature for his years. And, it has most certainly not been an easy ride for the budding singer/songwriter but, with his innate ability to impart life lessons with a profound mind and a pop sensibility; his intensely spiritual integrity and an undeniable commercial appeal, Josh Osho makes classic songwriting look absolutely effortless.

“Music gives me an opportunity to get people thinking a bit more. If people, especially in the western world, just sat down and thought a little bit each day, their life would be so much richer. I just want to get people thinking.”

With a wealth of life experiences, Josh Osho‘s music has become a means of both expressing himself and relating to others. “L.I.F.E” has the power and the potential to reach the millions, but Josh is only ultimately concerned with pleasing one person.

“If I get inspired to write, there’s no way I could go to sleep. ‘Oh, I’ll do it tomorrow’. It will drag me out of bed and write itself! I’ve got really high expectations for myself. I want to finish the song and be content with it myself. I don’t care if the six billion other people in the world are happy with it. If I’m not happy with it, then it’s not good enough.”

Josh Osho is currently on tour in the UK, both on the MOBO tour line-up and supporting Emeli Sande and recently  dropped his “Manifesto EP” {click here to listen}.

With features from Childish Gambino and Ghostface Killah, we will certainly be hearing more from Josh Osho very soon. For now, here are a few of his music videos:

Josh Osho feat. Ghostface Killah – Redemption days

Josh Osho feat. Childish Gambino – Giants (Live)

Photo Credits: Soulculture | JoshOsho


  1. christy

    March 28, 2012 at 11:33 am

    I jst want 2 giv a piece of my mind.y do BN censored most comment,even wen it nt even it nt a big deal,I hve read several comment on yahoo nd oda blog,dat ar nt worthy of been publish,bt dey allow deir reader. 2 comment freely.we live n a highly digitaliz world,wat have nt yet been heard or seen before?am sure ds site s d most most visited,bt linda ikeji get get ova 500 comment n one story,I respect nd like ds site a lot,bt dis s getin way too much,most of d tym d comment are more interstin dan d actual story,dat al I ve 2 say.

    • Lekan

      March 28, 2012 at 12:27 pm

      Please rest.

    • D Pretty

      March 28, 2012 at 12:28 pm

      I think I know why BN never publish ur comments..Jeez, av got a headache just reading that..Abeg park well

    • Ngozi

      March 28, 2012 at 8:35 pm

      Lol your complaint is packed with hilarious Gbagauns! lol thanks for brightening my day 🙂

  2. Priscy

    March 28, 2012 at 11:57 am

    No comment

  3. pynk

    March 28, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    Wish him loads of luck

  4. Abiola

    March 28, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    This voice, o sexy gan!

  5. Personal Stuff

    March 28, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    Omg!!!Lol..comments on BN are hilarious…lol @ ‘please rest’ and ‘abeg park well’

  6. aosgrl

    March 28, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    redemption days kinda reminds me of the verve’s bittersweet symphony…He’s got a great great raspy voice that reminds you of some of the greats like Sam Cooke, just a different genre. Best of luck to him.

  7. @AfricanLaReina

    March 28, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    Giants is a tune! About to seek for the audio

  8. nok10

    March 28, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    @ Christy: I agree bellanaija censors comments and they overdo it. We can read stories anywhere but the comments make you keep coming back for updates. I visit bellanaija once a day or everyother day because there’s not a lot of comments to catch up on. However, on sites like Ladunliali blog and other blogs I go there several times a day for updates on comments. Bellanaija be careful with your comment moderation because soon you won’t have regular readers due to lagging comments….just saying. I’ll be having a laugh if you choose not to publish this post, lol! That’ll just reinforce my point:)

  9. nok10

    March 28, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    Nice! Wish him loads of luck.

  10. Babe

    March 29, 2012 at 5:41 am

    sometimes i read d comments b4 the main gist bcos sometimes the comments make more sense

  11. cathy

    March 29, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    lol @comments cool one josh

  12. I Am Legend

    March 29, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    WOW!!! Awesome voice!! Love him!! He should come and tour Nigeria abeg. And by Nigeria I mean Lagos and maybe Abuja sha! We need an alternative music concert in this country abeg! Tired of all this pangolo music!

  13. Ola

    March 29, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    Saw him perform recently! He’s an amazing person and musician

  14. faith

    April 8, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    my comments r always pubilshed…

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