We had the good fortune of connecting with Joshua Childress and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Joshua, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
The main factor that pushes me to continue in my business would be my goal and mission to minister love to the world. In order to create peace, I believe that everyone has to reach a point of unity and music brings that unity the best in my opinion. Through my faith in God, along with the things that I learned from family and friends, this created a motivation inside of me to keep pushing for my dreams no matter the predicament. This determination has put me in positions to be able to reach people’s hearts. A second thing that is an important factor is the experience that I have with music. There is something spiritual about music and I believe that God created this for us to express love with one another and to unite us.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am a jazz saxophonist that is based in Los Angeles city/county and Orange County raised from Torrance, CA. The jazz music that I produce has a mixture of East Coast, West Coast, Chicago and New Orleans styles. Along with the gospel influences, my music sounds unique when it comes to jazz. My roots were originally with smooth jazz but coming from that world to the straight ahead world provided me with the experience to combine both and make it my own. Also I play other instruments such as flute, clarinet and piano which adds variety to the music. There were a lot of challenges when it came to competitions but fortunately I was blessed to get Honor mentions and 1st place rewards throughout my time competing. Lessons that I learned was to keep pushing forward no matter what because perseverance and determination can take someone a long way. I want the world to know that I serve the Lord through my music and that I am about spreading love and peace to as many people as I can through jazz.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
A few spots that I would take someone to listen to great music would be at “The Lighthouse” in Hermosa Beach and “The Baked Potato” in Los Angeles. Some of the places that we would go and eat would be “The Vibrato Grill” in which we could enjoy their delicious food along with live jazz music. The Cacada Restaurant in Downtown Los Angeles is a wonderful place full or wonderful art, swing dancing and great food as well. This place gives us the opportunity to dress up in tuxedos and dwell in a fancy environment.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There are a couple of people that I would love to give credit to.
1st is my mother and father Donna Shofner and Michael Childress for everything that they have done for me.
2nd is my stepfather Antoine Shofner for teaching me the realness of the music industry.
3rd is my producer Anthony Cruz for working with me in producing this music.
4th is my teachers from college Mr. Cliff Hulling, Mr. Bruce Babad, Mr. Robert Feller, and Dr. Jeff Askew for believing in me and elevating me as a musician.
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