Josh's Christian music journey began in 1992 while he was involved with a high school peer ministry team. During that time, he saw the power of God at work in the lives of teens as they were transformed into believers and lovers of Jesus Christ.
He vowed to be "sold out" for Christ and to use his gift of writing music to glorify God. In a world where well-produced secular music is dominant, he has dedicated himself to making quality contemporary Catholic music.
In 2003, Josh released his first solo album, Immersed, which includes original songs written mostly from his experiences in youth and music ministry. Immersed was followed by his sophomore album Waiting and by his 3rd album, Free. His fourth album, You Are the Light was released to iTunes in March of 2012 debuting at #16 on the Christian and Gospel charts. You Are the Light is an answer to Pope Benedict XVI’s call to “search for the true, the good and the beautiful.” Even in This, Josh and his band’s latest album, features songs co-written by Farren, Mia Fieldes, Marc Byrd, and Sarah Hart.
In addition to composing and recording music, Josh has participated in several World Youth Day celebrations including the 1993 Denver event and the 2011 Madrid event. He has led music for over 15 years at various Steubenville Youth Conferences throughout the U.S and has worked extensively as a musician with Life Teen International and Catholic Heart Work Camps. Josh and his band have performed on EWTN’s Life on the Rock, been played on Sirius XM and have performed with well-known bands like Kutless, Jars of Clay, The City Harmonic and The Newsboys.The Josh Blakesley Band is currently touring the United States and abroad. Click here for tour dates.
Booking information: If you’d like to book an event, please contact OCP Events via email or call 1-800-LITURGY. Currently, Josh serves as assistant music director at Our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic Church in Alexandria, Louisiana where he, his wife Heather and their two children, Sophie and Sutton live. Josh travels many weekends to other parishes throughout the U.S. doing concerts, conducting workshops for musicians, speaking at youth rallies and conferences, and leading praise and worship.