SEPTEMBER 14, JOSIAH LEMING - COME ON KID’
Singer songwriter Josiah Leming is gearing up for the September release of Come On Kid, his debut album for Warner Bros. Records, with whom he signed not long after appearing on Season 7 of American Idol in 2008. Leming’s brief, yet memorable time on the show (he was living out of the car while his mom was being treated for cancer), spurred fans to turn up in droves online to demand his reinstatement. They sent him messages of support, posted clips of themselves performing Leming’s original songs on YouTube, and bought downloads through his MySpace page.
Building on that momentum, as well as the release of two EP’s of songs from early recording sessions with producer Dave Kosten (2008’s Angels Undercover and 2009’s Punk Ass Rain), Come on Kid is a classic, emotionally resonant coming-of-age tale that showcases Leming’s strengths as a lyricist, his knack for unforgettable melodies, as well as his powerfully expressive voice. The album’s title track, as well as several of its songs (“Silly Fly,” “Arctic Outcry Wind”) are Leming’s exhortation to pick himself up and keep on going, which he found increasingly difficult to do after his mother passed away in June 2009.