Adult contemporary (soft)
|Occupation(s)||Composer, arranger, producer, recording artist|
Saxophone, trombone, guitar
|Years active||1983 – present|
|Label(s)||Robbins Island Music|
Bradley Joseph (born 1965, Willmar, Minnesota) is an American composer, arranger, and producer of contemporary instrumental music. Willmar is a city in and the County seat of Kandiyohi County, Minnesota, United States. Minnesota ( Native Americans demonstrated the name to early settlers The United States of America —commonly referred to as the A music genre is a categorical and typological construct that identifies musical sounds as belonging to a particular category and type of music that can be distinguished from other An instrumental is a Musical composition or recording without Lyrics or any other sort of Vocal music; all of the Music is produced by Adult contemporary music, frequently abbreviated AC, refers to styles of popular music that ranges from "lush Sixties pop often vocal -based and rooted in Smooth jazz, also sometimes referred to as new adult contemporary music is generally described as a genre of music that utilizes instruments (and at times improvisation New Age music is peaceful Music of various styles which is intended to create inspiration relaxation and positive feelings often used by listeners for Yoga, A composer (literally meaning 'one who puts together' is a person who creates Music, usually in the medium of notation, for Interpretation and Performance In Music, an arrangement refers either to a rewriting of a piece of existing Music with additional new material or to a fleshing-out of a compositional sketch such In the Music industry, a record producer or music producer has many roles among them controlling the recording sessions coaching and guiding the musicians organizing A musician is a person who plays or writes Music. Musicians can be classified by their roles in creating or performing music An instrumentalist plays a A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified for the purpose of making Music. The piano is a Musical instrument played by means of a keyboard that produces sound by striking steel strings with Felt covered hammers A keyboard instrument is any musical instrument played using a Musical keyboard. The saxophone (commonly referred to simply as sax) is a conical- bored transposing Musical instrument considered a member of the Woodwind The trombone is a Musical instrument in the brass family Like all brass instruments it is a lip-reed Aerophone: sound is produced when the player’s The guitar is a Musical instrument with ancient roots that is used in a wide variety of musical styles In the Music industry, a record label can be a Brand and a Trademark associated with the Marketing of music recordings and Music Narada is a Record label formed 1983 as an independent New Age music label Yanni (born Yiannis Hrysomallis (Γιάννης Χρυσομάλλης classical transcription Giannis Chrysomallis) on November 14, 1954 in Sheena Easton (born Sheena Shirley Orr on April 27, 1959) is a Scottish pop singer and theatre and television actress Willmar is a city in and the County seat of Kandiyohi County, Minnesota, United States. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the A composer (literally meaning 'one who puts together' is a person who creates Music, usually in the medium of notation, for Interpretation and Performance In Music, an arrangement refers either to a rewriting of a piece of existing Music with additional new material or to a fleshing-out of a compositional sketch such In the Music industry, a record producer or music producer has many roles among them controlling the recording sessions coaching and guiding the musicians organizing His compositions include works for orchestra, quartet, and solo piano, with his musical style ranging from "quietly pensive mood music to a rich orchestration of classical depth and breadth". An orchestra is an instrumental ensemble, usually fairly large with string brass woodwind sections and possibly a percussion section as well In Music, a quartet (quatuor Quartett quartetto cuarteto is a method of instrumentation (or a medium used to perform a musical composition and consisting of four parts 
Active since 1983, he played various instruments in rock bands throughout the Midwest until 1989 when Greek composer Yanni hired him for his next tour, sight unseen, based on a tape of his own compositions. Greece (Ελλάδα transliterated: Elláda, historically, Ellás,) officially the Hellenic Republic (Ελληνική Δημοκρατία Yanni (born Yiannis Hrysomallis (Γιάννης Χρυσομάλλης classical transcription Giannis Chrysomallis) on November 14, 1954 in He was a featured concert keyboardist with Yanni through six major tours and appears in the 1994 multi-platinum album and video, Yanni Live at the Acropolis. Yanni Live at the Acropolis, is the name of both an album and video by contemporary instrumental musician Yanni, recorded live at the Herodes Atticus Theatre  Joseph then reunited with Yanni in 2003 for the 60-city Ethnicity tour. Ethnicity, is Yanni's 13th studio album released in 2003 (see 2003 in music) extending his "One World One People" philosophy He also spent four years as musical director and lead keyboardist for Sheena Easton, including a 1995 performance on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. The title of music director or musical director is used by many Symphony orchestras to designate the primary conductor and artistic leader of the orchestra Sheena Easton (born Sheena Shirley Orr on April 27, 1959) is a Scottish pop singer and theatre and television actress The Tonight Show with Jay Leno is an Emmy Award -winning American late-night Talk show currently hosted by Jay Leno, on
In 1994, Joseph's solo career began when he independently released Hear the Masses, featuring many of his Yanni bandmates. Hear the Masses is the debut album by Bradley Joseph, (see 1994 in music) a self-produced and self-published release consisting of 10 original instrumental This debut release was followed by Rapture, an instrumental album recorded with a 50-piece orchestra, in which Joseph wrote and conducted all of the scores. For the album of the same name by Anita Baker, see Rapture (album Rapture is the second album by It was released on the Narada label and reached NAV's "Airwaves Top 30". Narada is a Record label formed 1983 as an independent New Age music label He has produced 15 albums, DVDs, and numerous piano books under his own record label, Robbins Island Music. Two of these albums, Christmas Around the World and One Deep Breath, also held positions on NAV’s Top 100 radio chart. Christmas Around the World is Bradley Joseph 's fourth album (see 2000 in music) reaching NAV 's top 100 Radio Playlist One Deep Breath is Bradley Joseph 's fifth album (see 2002 in music) His music is included in numerous various-artist compilation albums, most recently the 2008 release of The Weather Channel Presents: Smooth Jazz II. The Weather Channel Presents Smooth Jazz II is a 2008 compilation release by Midas Records.
Joseph was born in 1965 and raised in Willmar, Minnesota, graduating from Willmar Senior High School in 1983. Willmar is a city in and the County seat of Kandiyohi County, Minnesota, United States.  He started playing classical piano at age eight. While playing in the jazz band in junior high, he took a concert field trip where he saw Buddy Rich perform. Bernard "Buddy" Rich ( September 30 1917 &ndash April 2 1987) was an American jazz drummer and Bandleader "I sat in the first row and when Buddy's sax player stood up to take his first solo something just clicked — the world closed in around me. I felt the power of music and knew that it was something special, a gift to be shared. "
Joseph played the trombone through high school and college, studying music at Moorhead State University. Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM is a four-year Public university located in Moorhead Minnesota.  He recalls, "When I picked up the horn, I got a whole new perspective on music, gaining insight into all the different timbres available to me. In Music, timbre (ˈtæm-bər' like timber, or, from Fr timbre tɛ̃bʁ is the quality of a Musical note or sound that distinguishes different This was invaluable to me when I started working with orchestras".  He started playing in local Twin Cities rock bands when he was 19.  He played sax and guitar in some of his earlier bands but left them to concentrate on just the piano/keyboards, such as in the group Ian Faith.  He led some of his own bands around the area and co-founded a rock band in 1987 that toured Midwest nightclubs, before hooking up with veteran guitarist Dugan McNeill, whose U2-like group was signed to Polygram. Dugan McNeill, is an American musician and record producer who most notably worked with the 1980s Minnesota rock band Chameleon with members 
In 1989, the Greek composer Yanni was looking for someone to replace keyboardist John Tesh in his touring band, as Tesh was launching his own solo career. Yanni (born Yiannis Hrysomallis (Γιάννης Χρυσομάλλης classical transcription Giannis Chrysomallis) on November 14, 1954 in John Frank Tesh (born July 9, 1952) is an American Pianist and Composer of new age and Contemporary Christian music  Yanni received a demo tape from Joseph, accompanied by a recommendation from mutual friend, guitarist Dugan McNeill. A demo version or demo of a song (shortened from the word "demonstration" is one recorded for reference rather than for release Dugan McNeill, is an American musician and record producer who most notably worked with the 1980s Minnesota rock band Chameleon with members  When Yanni heard Joseph's compositions and arrangements, he was hired over the phone to join his core band, without even meeting. 
|“||When I reflect back over the years, one of the high points that stand out include performing at the Acropolis with Yanni. ||”|
After moving to Los Angeles at age 23, he composed, arranged, and performed alongside Yanni for more than six years, performing in-concert with a number of notable symphony orchestras, touring throughout the U. Los Angeles (lɑˈsændʒələs los ˈaŋxeles in Spanish) is the largest City in the state of California and the American West S. and abroad as Yanni gained worldwide fame.  His first show was at the Starplex in Dallas with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra filming a video project. The Dallas Symphony Orchestra (DSO is an American Orchestra. It performs its concerts in the Meyerson Symphony Center in the Arts District of "It was a real trial by fire for me", said Joseph.  "First show + 10,000 people + TV cameras equals NERVOUS. " Some of these early tours included the Reflections of Passion, Revolution in Sound, Dare to Dream, Yanni Live, The Symphony Concerts 1993 and 1994 concert tours, as well as a performance in Germany that was broadcast throughout Europe and seen by 30 to 40 million viewers. Reflections of Passion, is Yanni 's sixth album released on the Private Music label in 1990 (see 1990 in music) with a concert tour the In Celebration of Life, is Yanni 's seventh album released on the Private Music label in 1991 (see 1991 in music) Dare to Dream, is Yanni 's eighth album released on the Private Music label in 1992 (see 1992 in music) In My Time, Yanni 's ninth album released on the Private Music label in 1993 (see 1993 in music)  Joseph appears on the 1993 multi-platinum album and video, Yanni Live at the Acropolis. Yanni Live at the Acropolis, is the name of both an album and video by contemporary instrumental musician Yanni, recorded live at the Herodes Atticus Theatre  He recounts, "When I reflect back over the years, one of the high points that stand out include performing at the Acropolis with Yanni. Imagine all these different cultures coming together with the challenges of language, equipment, travel, and weather problems. I still picture the police running their dogs through the dressing rooms to sniff out any bomb possibilities right before the show. People still come up to me and comment how that show has affected their lives. "
In the band, Joseph covered a lot of the keyboard parts that Yanni could not for lack of hands in the shows.  He assisted with the task of managing the 30 or more synthesizers onstage, and helped layer with the orchestra to create a "full-bodied, live-effect sound".  He did have to adjust some parts that did not work well in a live situation and worked extensively on programming sounds for all keyboardists.  Joseph said that "[Yanni] gave us musicians a great deal of freedom to expand the music as well. If you listen to the original recordings he did and what we ended up with in our live recordings, you can really hear the musician's input. " He readily credits Yanni's role in his professional development, and for five years of irreplaceable experiences and memories. 
Between tours, Joseph worked extensively in recording studios on music ranging from rock and pop to rhythm and blues and orchestration with numerous artists from RCA, Epic, Warner Brothers, and Polygram Records, in addition to performing in an elaborate national keyboard show tour with various musicians. RCA Corporation, founded as Radio Corporation of America, was an electronics company in existence from 1919 to 1986 Epic Records is an American Record label. It is owned and operated by Sony Music Entertainment. Warner Bros Entertainment Inc (or Warner Bros, Warner Bros Pictures) is one of the world's largest producers of Film and PolyGram was the name from 1972 of the Major label recording company started by Philips as a holding company for its music interests in 1945  In 2003, Joseph returned for the 60-city Ethnicity tour. Ethnicity, is Yanni's 13th studio album released in 2003 (see 2003 in music) extending his "One World One People" philosophy 
Joseph also performed with Sheena Easton for four years as her co-musical director and lead keyboardist. Sheena Easton (born Sheena Shirley Orr on April 27, 1959) is a Scottish pop singer and theatre and television actress The title of music director or musical director is used by many Symphony orchestras to designate the primary conductor and artistic leader of the orchestra  He went from Yanni to Sheena Easton and back to Yanni in a few years. Joseph said it was ". . . a shock in musical styles but a welcome change. "
|“||Working with Easton was ". . . a shock in musical styles but a welcome change. "||”|
In a 1995 interview, Joseph said that after five years of touring with Yanni and working on his own debut album, he needed a break.  "Yanni is still building his career and, because of that, maintains a hectic concert schedule. Working with Easton, on the other hand, is the best of both worlds. " "She just adopted a baby and is pretty settled in", Joseph said in the interview.  "It was a great transition from Yanni because it made me musically aware again", he said in reference to Easton's R&B style. "I went back to where I started but it felt like a new invention. " Tour venues with Easton included Japan, Indonesia, Puerto Rico, and the United States, as well as routine appearances in Las Vegas and Atlantic City. Las Vegas ( Spanish: "The Meadows" is the most populous City in the state of Nevada, the seat of Clark County, and an internationally  In March 1995, he appeared with her on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno when she performed her new single at the time, "My Cheri". The Tonight Show with Jay Leno is an Emmy Award -winning American late-night Talk show currently hosted by Jay Leno, on 
In 1994, between world tours, Joseph released his debut album, Hear the Masses, a self-produced, self-published release under the More Core Records label consisting of 10 original compositions. Hear the Masses is the debut album by Bradley Joseph, (see 1994 in music) a self-produced and self-published release consisting of 10 original instrumental He invited most of the Yanni band to contribute.  They include Charlie Adams (drums, percussion); Ric Fierabracci (fretless bass); Jeanette Clinger (vocals); and Grammy-winning violinist Charlie Bisharat. Charlie Adams is an American drummer percussionist drum engineer composer music producer and film producer Ric Fierabracci, is an American bass guitarist who has toured and/or recorded with such artists as Frank Gambale, Chick Corea, Dave Jeanette Clinger, is an American singer/vocalist who has toured and/or recorded with such artists as Kim Carnes, Bradley Joseph, Hiroshima (band The Grammy Awards (originally called the Gramophone Awards)—or Grammys —are presented annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Charlie Bisharat, is a Grammy -winning Other guest artists include Larry Preston (guitar); and Terry Brau — featured on numerous Bradley Joseph recordings — playing trumpet, saxophone, and fluegelhorn. The flugelhorn (also spelled fluegelhorn or flügelhorn) is a Brass instrument resembling a Trumpet but with a wider conical bore
|“||Joseph's music is backed by 15 talented musicians, some playing three or more different instruments, that make up a symphony of sounds ranging from quietly pensive mood music to a rich orchestration of classical depth and breadth.||”|
—Ken Moore, Naples Daily News
Joseph's style attracted the attention of Narada Productions, a Virgin Records subsidiary, via the world-wide web. Narada is a Record label formed 1983 as an independent New Age music label Virgin Records is a British Record label founded by English entrepreneur Richard Branson, Simon Draper, and Nik Powell The World Wide Web (commonly shortened to the Web) is a system of interlinked Hypertext documents accessed via the Internet. A representative for Narada came across his website and downloaded some music. This sparked their interest and resulted in signing Joseph to a multi-record deal, according to Peter Spellman of the Berklee College of Music. Berklee College of Music, founded in 1945 is an independent music College in Boston Massachusetts.  The outcome was Rapture, containing intimate piano pieces, quartets, and full orchestral works. For the album of the same name by Anita Baker, see Rapture (album Rapture is the second album by  It reached NAV's "Airwaves Top 30" at #15 in July 1997.  This album was recorded at a number of different studios including Captain and Tennille's studio in Los Angeles, and Pachyderm Studio in Cannon Falls, Minnesota. Captain & Tennille are US Pop music recording artists who achieved recording chart success from 1976-80 with a repertoire of romance and novelty hit songs Los Angeles (lɑˈsændʒələs los ˈaŋxeles in Spanish) is the largest City in the state of California and the American West Pachyderm Recording Studio is a residential recording studio located in rural Cannon Falls Minnesota, 35 Cannon Falls is a city in Goodhue County, Minnesota, United States.  In addition to a core band including Charlie Adams on percussion, Charlie Bisharat on violin, and Steven Trochlil on clarinet, Joseph brought in a 50-piece orchestra, and conducted and wrote all the scores. Charlie Adams is an American drummer percussionist drum engineer composer music producer and film producer Charlie Bisharat, is a Grammy -winning  Ken Moore of the Naples Daily News cites, "Joseph's music is backed by 15 talented musicians, some playing three or more different instruments, that make up a symphony of sounds ranging from quietly pensive mood music to a rich orchestration of classical depth and breadth. " Wind and Wire Magazine contributor, Michael Debbage, recalls, "It was the year 1997 and New Age music had already peaked commercially as the interest and exposure seemed to lag. The genres main labels – Narada, Windham Music, and Higher Octave – were beginning to explore worldly themes versus the warm, earthly, acoustic themes that prior artists had established. It appeared that the abundance of new artists was becoming a dying breed. An exception to the rule was Bradley Joseph, who released his first mainstream album Rapture to glorious reviews, and to this day it remains his tour de force. " One of Joseph's compositions, "The Glen", was written solely for the album Stories, a Narada Artist Collection, and is now also featured on 20 Years of Narada Piano. " The Glen " is a composition by Bradley Joseph and is not included on any of his original albums Stories is a 1998 compilation release by Narada. "Extraordinary performers reveal their artistic inspirations in deeply personal instrumental 20 Years of Narada Piano is a 2001 compilation release by Narada. His works are included in other Narada compilation projects as well.
Although he said that working with Narada was a great experience music-wise, Joseph did not like the lack of control over the end product, and asked to be released from his contract.  He started Robbins Island Music in 1998, composing, producing, and distributing his own recordings. Solo Journey was released and consists of eleven soft piano compositions. Solo Journey is Bradley Joseph 's third album (see 1999 in music) and first album on his own Record label, Robbins Island Music It is characterized by Debbage as being a "scaled down introspective, . . . and while simplistic was still breath-taking". 
Later releases include Christmas Around the World reaching NAV's top 100 radio playlist; and One Deep Breath also holding a position on NAV's top 100 radio chart for over six months. Christmas Around the World is Bradley Joseph 's fourth album (see 2000 in music) reaching NAV 's top 100 Radio Playlist One Deep Breath is Bradley Joseph 's fifth album (see 2002 in music)  Bill Binkelman writes, "One Deep Breath is an album with two distinct 'feels' to it: the more serene new age/ambient soundscapes that bookend the inner tracks and the more radio-friendly and mainstream music in-between. While I doubt fans of Liquid Mind or other mainly electronic new age music artists would wholly embrace the overt romanticism of piano-led tracks like 'Dancers Waltz' or 'Dreamer's Lullaby', there is definite appeal on the album for fans of adult contemporary piano pieces as well as for lovers of the more minimal approach to new age music. " Reviewing for All Music Guide, Jim Brenholts describes One Deep Breath as a set of smooth adult contemporary pieces in which Joseph adds "world music flair and inspirational touches". allmusic (previously All Music Guide) is a Metadata database about music owned by All Media Guide. "The vocal expressions by Clystie Whang and Joseph have devotional qualities that weave through the atmospheres and soundscapes smoothly. "
|“||The special audiences and beautiful cities inspired me to compose after sound checks. . . What an inspiration it was for me to sit alone on stage in these grand arenas and compose music. ||”|
Joseph returned as a featured instrumentalist during Yanni's 2003 Ethnicity world tour, and wrote his sixth album on stage after sound checks. Ethnicity, is Yanni's 13th studio album released in 2003 (see 2003 in music) extending his "One World One People" philosophy  The Journey Continues, a sequel to Solo Journey, features Joseph on solo piano. The Journey Continues is Bradley Joseph 's sixth album (see 2003 in music) Debbage writes, "The magical world of movies has a knack for exploring sequels. There is the beauty and beast effect when taking this pathway. The creative beauty allows the viewers to see the continued growth of its characters. The beastly aspect of this exploration is the Hollywood exploitation of an almost guaranteed return on its investment with no regard for its creative progression that usually sees diminishing returns. Bradley Joseph has decided to walk this tightrope by following up with Solo Journey that was released back in 2000. I am glad to report that The Journey Continues is entrenched in beauty, holding up well to its predecessor. "
Joseph was named one of the "Ten Outstanding Young Minnesotans" (TOYM) of 2004 by the Minnesota Jaycees. Junior Chamber International ( JCI) is a worldwide federation of young leaders and Entrepreneurs.   During the same year, Orange Music released two compilation CDs; The Road Ahead and In the Heart of Everyone, in addition to re-releasing his Christmas Around the World album. For the book of the same name by Bill Gates, see The Road Ahead. In the Heart of Everyone is a compilation album released by Orange Music in 2004 (see 2004 in music) containing select songs taken from Bradley Joseph  These are distributed throughout Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand, and Indonesia.  In a review of In the Heart of Everyone, Yeoh Wee Teck remarked, "Instead of attempting to fuse elements of different cultures like everyone else, he chose to rely on what he knows best - simple arrangements with assured piano playing. "
Subsequent releases include For the Love of It, Piano Love Songs, and Hymns and Spiritual Songs. For the Love of It is Bradley Joseph 's eighth album (see 2005 in music) Piano Love Songs is Bradley Joseph 's ninth album see ( 2006 in music) Hymns and Spiritual Songs is Bradley Joseph 's tenth studio album (see 2007 in music) On these albums, Joseph arranges piano, orchestra, and soft rhythms to cover melodies such as "I'll Never Fall in Love Again" (Burt Bacharach), "Fields of Gold" (Sting), and "Ave Maria" (Schubert). " I'll Never Fall In Love Again " is a Popular song by Burt Bacharach and Hal David. Burt Bacharach (ˈbækəræk born May 12, 1928) is an American Pianist and Composer. STING ( S equence T o and with' IN' G raphics is a free Web-based suite of programs for a comprehensive analysis of the relationship between protein sequence Ellens dritter Gesang ( Ellens Gesang III, D839 Op 52 no 6 1825 Ellen's third song in English, composed by Franz Schubert in 1825 He has produced numerous CD and DVD projects designed for pets in a While You Are Gone series. Music Pets Love "While You Are Gone" is Bradley Joseph 's seventh album released in 2004 (see 2004 in music) on his own record label Robbins  Additionally, a DVD was released using Joseph's music throughout, Isle Royale Impressions Volume II, containing video footage by Carl TerHaar of scenery and wildlife from the Isle Royale National Park in Michigan. Isle Royale National Park is a US National Park in the state of Michigan.  Joseph has published many of his compositions in sheet music form. His music has been heard in regular rotation in the United States and Canada by more than 160 major radio networks including XM and Sirius satellite radio, as well as airwaves in Japan, United Kingdom, Spain, China, South-East Asia, Thailand, Germany, Switzerland, and Russia. In Radio Broadcasting, a spin is a single play of a Song. The term is also used as a unit to measure (or induce Popularity, typically  The Weather Channel also utilizes his compositions during their "Local on the 8s" segments, and his song "Friday's Child" is included in their 2008 compilation release, The Weather Channel Presents: Smooth Jazz II. The Weather Channel (also TWC) is a commercially-sponsored US Hear the Masses is the debut album by Bradley Joseph, (see 1994 in music) a self-produced and self-published release consisting of 10 original instrumental The Weather Channel Presents Smooth Jazz II is a 2008 compilation release by Midas Records. 
Having experienced both avenues of recording on a major label and later choosing to be an independent artist, a combination of musicianship with business know-how has helped give Joseph staying power in the notoriously competitive world of music. The music industry is the business of Music. Although it encompasses the activity of many music-related businesses and organizations it is currently dominated by the "big In Popular music, independent music, often abbreviated as indie, is a term used to describe independence from major commercial record labels and an autonomous He spends most of his time writing songs, composing arrangements, making recordings, and publishing and distributing his works. "I’m my own boss. I can do what I want. I can change directions", he told West Central Tribune's Anne Polta.  As an independent, business is a prime concern and can take over if not controlled, Joseph said.  "A lot of musicians don’t learn the business. You just have to be well-rounded in both areas. You have to understand publishing. You have to understand how you make money, what’s in demand, what helps you make the most out of your talent. " "I couldn’t license my music if it wasn’t mine", he said. "It has allowed me to create CDs. It separates you from the million other great players. "
But some artists just want to be involved in the music and do not like the added problems or have the personality to work with both. Joseph suggests newer artists read and study both courses and pick one that best suits their needs and wants. He advises, ". . . to keep your eyes and ears open all the time. All the information you need is available to you to have a successful career in music, if you're paying attention, and not closed off to anything. " "Perseverance is King. " When asked by Wheeler what brought him back to Minnesota after living in Los Angeles and traveling around the world, Joseph replied, "The first thing business people say is 'First and foremost, if you want to be successful, live where you want to live'. " He grew up there and family were important to him. When he decided to become a solo artist he wanted to be comfortable in his environment and moved back. 
In an interview with Indie Journal, Joseph has said that when writing music he prefers to concentrate on the melody first, stating, "Basically, I write from a two-person standpoint. First, I let the song take hold and I put down the idea as a raw emotional statement. Then I let it breathe and come back, approaching from more of an objective point of view. This allows me to rediscover the true meaning I intended in the beginning, shedding new light on how I can best represent that to the listener. " Debbage comments, "One strength of Bradley Joseph as an artist has been his keen ability to write inspiring music with appropriately titled songs that express that thought non-verbally".  The range of ways in which he utilizes synthesizers is equally as characteristic, inspired early in life by keyboard-oriented pop/rock bands like Styx and Journey. Styx ( pronounced: /stɪks/ is an American Rock band. Their hit songs have included " Come Sail Away " " Babe " " Journey is an American rock band formed in San Francisco, California in 1973 
Joseph's musical style and direction have varied over time, having released more than a hundred original compositions and arrangements since 1994. "When I write it, it just kind of moves, because where I am in life is different", Joseph said. "So as I get older, it kind of changes. " His recordings can offer full orchestrations such as in Hear the Masses, or Rapture that combines smooth jazz with contemporary instrumental themes.  A review of Rapture from New Age Voice states Joseph "paints romantic pictures in sound with voices and instruments that escalate from quiet, intimate passages to big, energentic movements". "The arrangements are structured so that the trumpet can lead a line out on 'Be Still' signaling an introspective sort of mood; yet the strings swell on 'The Passage' engulfing the listener in an ocean of sound. " "Even cuts that start quiet, such as 'Healing the Hollow Man' or 'Blue Rock Road' ebb and flow between quiet moments and crescendos. "
In contrast, later albums such as Solo Journey and The Journey Continues are considered to be "stripped back and basic" by Debbage, with the latter featuring "Joseph and his piano with no additional clutter". "There is color in the songs via their understated melodies. "
As examples, Debbage describes Joseph as using a chord progression that translates into a strolling rhythm in the song "The Road Ahead".  Solo Piano Publications contributor, Kathy Parsons, writes, ". . . 'The Long, Last Mile' starts out with a bittersweet melody, and then builds in intensity and complexity with cello, winds, and ethereal sounds intertwining around the piano. Then it breaks off, and the opening melody returns. " Debbage depicts "A Minnesota Snowfall" from the album Christmas Around the World as taking "a more naked, bare-boned ballad approach". A ballad is a Poem usually set to Music; thus it often is a story told in a Song. 
For the 2002 album One Deep Breath, Joseph combines "structured melodic pieces and free-form ambient compositions", which "departs dramatically from the previous more explosive and dynamic music on his first two recordings, Hear the Masses and Rapture".  Binkelman writes, "It is an album with two distinct 'feels' to it: the more serene new age/ambient soundscapes that bookend the inner tracks and the more radio-friendly and mainstream music in-between. " For instance, the song "Dance of Life" was inspired by Antonin Dvorak's opera, "Rusalka". Antonín Leopold Dvořák ( (often pronounced in English as; DVOR-zhahk; September 8 1841 – May 1 1904 was a Czech composer of Romantic music, who employed Rusalka is an Opera by Antonín Dvořák. The Czech Libretto was written by the poet Jaroslav Kvapil (1868-1950  It is a bit more straightforward in its piano presentation, and will probably appeal the most to hardcore fans of solo instrumental music, says Instrumental Weekly.  Then the album closes with its title track, "One Deep Breath", that "floats and meanders for more than ten minutes, bringing in ocean sounds".  It is "far and away the most ambient of everything else to be found here", and is "stunning, both in its execution and how radical a change it is from what has come before". 
Generally, Joseph's music gets airplay in the adult contemporary, smooth jazz, easy listening, and beautiful music radio formats, and while some is classified in the new age genre, he considers contemporary instrumental to fit his style of playing the best. Adult contemporary music, frequently abbreviated AC, refers to styles of popular music that ranges from "lush Sixties pop often vocal -based and rooted in Smooth jazz, also sometimes referred to as new adult contemporary music is generally described as a genre of music that utilizes instruments (and at times improvisation Easy listening music is a style of Popular music and radio format that emerged in the mid-20th century evolving out of swing and Big band music Beautiful music (sometimes abbreviated as BM, or BM / EZ for beautiful music / easy listening) is a mostly-instrumental music format that New Age music is peaceful Music of various styles which is intended to create inspiration relaxation and positive feelings often used by listeners for Yoga, An instrumental is a Musical composition or recording without Lyrics or any other sort of Vocal music; all of the Music is produced by  In discussing Rapture, John Blake of The Atlanta Journal notes that often new age music sounds as if it should be played in a supermarket. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is the only major daily Newspaper in Atlanta Georgia, USA and its suburbs. The songs can sound like musical cotton candy — soft, airy and ultimately uninteresting. "For the most part, Bradley's music doesn't make that mistake. " "The music is cinematic, filled with introspective piano solos, swelling violins, and a hypnotic song pacing that allows the listener to daydream. " Parsons goes on to say, "The influence of years of touring with Yanni is apparent in the richness of Joseph’s sound, but his musical voice is his own. " Musically, he tries to connect a common bridge between such exhilarating feelings as performing at the Acropolis, to the emotions each and everyone feels everyday. "In the end, a good melody will always stand the test of time", says Joseph. 
|“||The piano is always true to me. In times of despair, happiness, and joy, its mood is always my own.||”|
—Bradley Joseph, 
Polta reports that he often references the past when he names his songs and his music is frequently reminiscent of his rural Minnesota roots. Minnesota ( Native Americans demonstrated the name to early settlers  "Wind Farmer" was inspired by childhood visits to a relative's farm near Olivia, and his company, Robbins Island Music, is named after a city park in Willmar. Olivia is a city in Renville County, Minnesota, United States. Willmar is a city in and the County seat of Kandiyohi County, Minnesota, United States. 
Joseph employs a variety of instruments to compose including the Korg Triton music workstation, Korg SG-1 piano, and occasionally Korg M1. Korg Triton is a Music workstation Synthesizer featuring digital sampling and sequencing created by Korg. The Korg M1 was the world's first widely-known Music workstation.  Rack units have included Roland JD-800, and Roland JV-1080 which he says is "great for string layers". The JD-800 was a digital Synthesizer released by Roland in 1991.  The Alesis D4, Yamaha SY22, and Yamaha TG77 which has "some nice ethereal textures" have been utilized; working also with E-mu Systems Proteus 1, Proteus 2, and the E-5000 sampler because it is "easy to use and has a great library". Alesis is a manufacturer of Electronic musical instruments owned by Numark and based in Cumberland, Rhode Island. Yamaha TG77 is a 16 voice Multitimbral music workstation ( Synthesizer) utilizing Realtime Convolution and Modulation Synthesis (RC&M E-mu Systems is a Synthesizer maker and pioneer in the manufacture of low-cost digital sampling Music workstations History Founded  Acoustic pianos vary, Yamaha and Bösendorfer were used for the 1997 album, Rapture. Bösendorfer (L Bösendorfer Klavierfabrik GmbH) is an Austrian Piano manufacturer now a Wholly owned subsidiary of Yamaha.
|SHORT DESCRIPTION||Composer, pianist, keyboardist, arranger, producer, recording artist|
|DATE OF BIRTH||1965|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Willmar, Minnesota, U.S.|
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