Staying true to your roots while pursuing your dreams can be a difficult balancing act many of us know all too well. Multi-genre artist Joe Con embodies and embraces that challenge every day. A captivating performer & supremely lyrical MC, Joe also writes, records and performs as a singer-songwriter and band leader in a variety of styles, from raucous blues to delicate folk ballads and beyond. Underlying and unifying all his diverse musical forms is a wordsmith’s knack for language, a gift he hones meticulously through a prodigious output of original material.
After moving to the SF Bay from central Kentucky, Con cut his teeth in the underground hiphop scene, earning the respect of his peers and a reputation as a uniquely talented rapper with a rare blend of style and substance. His debut album ‘Awake & Dreaming’ foreshadowed Con’s willingness to forge and follow his own artistic path, a pattern he has continued throughout his career.
In addition to his undeniable talent and singular approach, Joe’s understated yet striking spirituality is a major aspect that permeates all of his music. His oft repeated mantra ‘love.power.peace.light’ succinctly articulates Joe’s belief that music is soul medicine that can heal the world from the inside out. He calls this larger mission LIGHTWORK, a concept which, like so much of his art and life, operates on many levels and carries multiple meanings. Whether in concert or on record, driven by beats & rhymes or by melodies & live instrumentation, Joe Con’s music and message make you dance, think, and feel. He is a distinct artist with memorable songs that are simultaneously fresh and familiar, easily accessible yet deeply provocative. Joe Con, also known as The Word Made Fresh, is one to watch, one to hear, and one to see.
With his latest single “City Don’t Sleep,” released April 6th 2018 on Panda Funk Records, Con again moves his work in a new direction and pushes further into uncharted territory. Produced by Barcelona based EDM / Trap duo BOXINLION, the hypnotic, pulsating and darkly cinematic track sets Joe’s subtly commanding vocals to a richly textured, futuristic soundscape. And while it’s a major departure from previous projects like 2016’s hip-hop EP Mark Twain and 2015’s full length folk album Living Machine, “City Don’t Sleep” again reveals Con’s profound ability to captivate and engage listeners through provocative lyrics and a keen sense of melody. Coupled with BOXINLION’s international fan base and strong standing in the EDM DJ community, the collaboration promises to introduce an entirely new set of eyes and ears to Joe Con’s unique and multi-faceted voice.
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