In 2011 Josh Garrels independently released his critically-acclaimed, 18-song epic Love & War & The Sea In Between, followed by the full-length documentary The Sea In Between. His work has since been highlighted on NPR’s Morning Edition & Tell Me More, Billboard Magazine, Relevant Magazine, The Huffington Post, Starbucks' storewide playlist, American Idol (song placement), and was named Christianity Today’s “Album of the Year” in 2011. Love & War & The Sea In Between has currently sold 50,000 copies internationally (digital & hard copy) and Garrels has given away an additional 155,000 free downloads of the album.
On April 7th, 2015, Josh Garrels will release his next full-length album entitled Home. About the album Garrels states, “While writing these songs I was searching for joy, and this pursuit instinctively brought my attention back to the people and places closest to me. Because of this, these songs have less of an outward, expansive scope, and rather turn the attention inward, to the intimacy of family, forgiveness, and homecoming.”
Home features 11 new songs from Josh Garrels, produced in his fan-funded home studio, which sits in his backyard in Portland, OR. While Garrels has traditionally done much of his own production, Home relies more heavily on his collaboration with Brooklyn’s Mason Jar Music, Eric Earley of Blitzen Trapper, and David Wilton of A Boy & His Kite. While Home retains Garrels' eclectic influences in folk music, symphonic orchestration, and sample-based sequencing, the dominant sound of soul music is what sets this album apart from his previous work.