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When Josh Ritter was growing up in Idaho he was listening to artists like Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan. He started experimenting with writing his own songs as a teenager on his father's old lute. He eventually upgraded to buying his own guitar but still had not yet decided to pursue his passion for music. Ritter started at Oberlin College in neuroscience and seemed more on the path to working in a hospital rather than being the person that people listen to while relaxing at home or working out at gyms Scarborough to Seattle.
Ritter eventually realized that he could not escape his love for music and switched his major to a self-created program in American History Through Narrative Folk Music. He released his first self-titled album at the age of twenty-one, which was made at the campus recording studio. After graduation, Josh continued his studies in Scotland at the School of Scottish Folk Studies for six months. Here, while he was among a landscape full of greenery and buildings that would remind you of wooden dollhouses he honed his unique folk and alternative country sound.
It was when Ritter moved back to America and started playing at open mic nights that he met the Irish songwriter Glen Hansard. Hansard invited him to go back with them to Ireland and that was where Ritter's records started selling well after their gigs to locals and people visiting from Scarborough homes. His second album, which was also self-produced, came a year and a half after the first and was called Golden Age of Radio. It was when Ritter was promoting this album that he met Jim Olsen of Signature Sounds. Olsen offered to remaster the album and this was when Josh started to get word-of-mouth success.
While you wouldn't let hear Ritter much at a showing for a home for sale in Georgetown Ontario, there was a single released in Ireland. By 2006, Ritter was releasing his fourth album and now he has six albums to his name. He is also interested in writing and has a novel published called Bright's Passage. While he is not yet at the status where you could expect to see him in a Mississauga airport limo when he comes to town, he has played at venues from Radio City Music Hall to the South by Southwest Conference in 2011. It is likely that his success will continue to grow in the coming years.