On Demand | Sound Stories & Interviews | Bend | The Source Weekly - Bend, Oregon
The Source Weekly’s reporting is made possible by the power of your support. Be a part of it!
Search
Settings
Pin It
Favorite

On Demand 

How a sitcom landed singer-songwriter Joshua Radin a career in music

A famous friend with connections to the music industry is a good thing to have if you're trying to launch a singer/songwriter career. The thing for Ohio-born Joshua Radin and his college buddy Zach Braff ("Scrubs") is that the last thing Radin wanted was to be a musician.

"I didn't grow up playing music," explained Radin during a phone interview with the Source. "About nine years ago, I was going through a breakup with this girl and I didn't know how to tell her it was over. At the time I was frustrated and needed an outlet. The creative things I was doing at the time weren't working. I picked up the guitar and learned a few chords just to get my mind to open up and dwell on other things."

Radin didn't necessarily use a song to do the breaking up, but he did pen a hauntingly sorrowful letter by way of acoustic guitar and his pillow-y voice that eventually led him right where he had no intention of going.

"I ended up writing up my first song and I played it for Zach [Braff] who was a buddy in college," remembered Radin. "He told me that 'Scrubs' is always looking for music and suggested I record a demo. So I did one for the song 'Winter.' The producer called me and asked if he could use it for a really sad scene he had coming up in a show."

The song starts playing during a funeral scene that showcases one of actor John C. McGinley's (Dr. Perry Cox) most vulnerable moments on the show as his character mourns the loss of his best friend (Brendan Fraser) to leukemia.

"After it aired, it shut down the NBC website from so many people trying to find out who was singing the song," said Radin. "I had only been playing the guitar for six months at that point. This whole career sort of came out of a demand from the public."

"Scrubs" producers tapped Radin's quickly growing catalog of music for future episodes and in 2006 his first collection of songs appeared as the album We Were Here. The album was a spot-on representation of the singer-songwriter genre, but Radin had one thing in particular going for him aside from his very poetic lyrics.

His voice—the one he never intended to use for anything other than mere conversation—developed into a deeply emotional springboard, whet with softness.

"I always knew that I could carry a tune," said Radin. "But I hadn't ever done anything but sing in the shower or the car. My voice is so whispery. You really have to strip away most things to hear my voice properly."

From that unlikely start the 39-year old Radin has—as of last May—released five studio albums, and his songs have been featured in more than 100 television episodes and movies.

Joshua Radin

with Gregory Alan Isakov and Ivan & Aloysha

6 p.m. Sunday, August 25

The Athletic Club of Bend

61615 Athletic Club Dr.

Tickets $28 at Newport Market

About The Author

Ethan Maffey

Both a writer and a fan of vinyl records since age 5, it wasn't until nearly three decades later that Oregon Native Ethan Maffey derived a plan to marry the two passions by writing about music. From blogging on MySpace in 2007 and then Blogspot, to launching his own website, 83Music, and eventually freelancing...
Pin It
Favorite

Speaking of On Stage

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Readers also liked…

  • Triple Whammy

    Triple Whammy

    Eric Leadbetter helps bring joy to the music scene, food industry and hospital workers with the St. Charles Meal Mission
    • Jun 1, 2020
  • Life in the 'Badlands' ▶ [with video]

    Life in the 'Badlands' ▶ [with video]

    Casey Parnell's debut solo album is set to the background of nature
    • Jul 29, 2020
Today | Fri | Sat | Sun | Mon | Tue | Wed
High Desert  Nights

High Desert Nights - Bunk+Brew Historic Lucas House

Fri., May 7, 6-9 p.m.
Submitting an event is free and easy.

Newsletter Signup

Get Central Oregon daily news
directly in your inbox

Get Social

  •   @sourceweekly on Instagram

Latest in Sound Stories & Interviews

  • Source Material

    • May 5, 2021
    April tunes bring May grooves—new music from Dalton Bell, Nicholas Tharpe & quickly, quickly More »
  • 4 Peaks Goes Miniature

    • Apr 28, 2021
    Looking to bring back the magic of live music, 4 Peaks scales back its operations in hopes the show will go on More »
  • Review: Warm Gadget Returns with 'Rituals'

    • Apr 21, 2021
    After three years, the alternative metal duo drops a new EP More »
  • More »

More by Ethan Maffey

Want to advertise with us?

For info on print and digital advertising, >> Click Here

© 2021 LAY IT OUT INC | 704 NW GEORGIA AVE, BEND, OREGON 97703  |   Privacy Policy

Website powered by Foundation