In a buzzing South African music scene Josh Kempen has created a name for himself as an enchanting performer & gifted songwriter, captivating SA’s festival scene with his raspy voice, energetic performances and songs that will get stuck in your head.
“Warner Music South Africa is proud to announce the signing of this truly talented singer-songwriter. We pride ourselves on working with artists that resonate with today’s audiences, whilst being timeless themselves. Josh is the perfect fit and we look forward to working with him,” says Tracy Fraser, MD of Warner Music South Africa.
Previously nominated as "Songwriter of the Year" by SAMRO, he has performed at some of South Africa's largest music festivals; Oppikoppi, Lush Festival & Splashy Fen, as well as the countries most loved venues with the likes of Shortstraw, Desmond & the Tutus, and Matthew Mole. Josh's debut EP, the ‘The Midnight Ship’ was picked as a "Top 20 Record of 2015" by SA blog Texx & the City and made "the Fuss List" of 2015. Josh was recently picked by Deezer ZA as an "Artist to Watch in 2016" alongside international breakthrough artists like Leon Bridges & Jack Garrat.
Says Kempen of his signing; “Warner has a wonderful name, and it's home to some of the most important music makers around. They bring a lot of value to what I do, but I was definitely first drawn to them because of the team I met. Beyond the brand is a group of approachable people who are clearly experts in their field and are passionate about their work and the artists they sign. It gives their work a lot of power. For me, that makes them a company of people you want to be a part of - it's really so inspiring for a team like that to want to get behind me”.