a Rising Pop Star:
New single “Get Down”
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By Mike Lauterborn
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East Haven, CT – Though he’s rubbing elbows with international recording artists, has been spotlighted on radio and TV and is producing a new album, budding pop star David Joseph is still proud to call East Haven home.
The 25-year-old singer/songwriter was musically inspired early on by his parents, David and Carolyn Carofano, a singer and musician respectively. David, in fact, was a guitarist with a New Haven-based band called The Sounds of Soul, well known locally in the 60s and 70s. Joseph also took a cue from classic performers like The Beatles and Elvis, and later on Matchbox 20, Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake and Robin Thicke.
While Joseph said he has “always been into music”, he focused on sports pursuits like basketball, football and baseball while at Notre Dame High School in West Haven. It wasn’t until the latter part of high school that he pursued music more passionately, picking up an acoustic guitar, singing and performing in showcases and contests all over Connecticut.
One contest he entered, at age 18, was KC101 radio’s “Connecticut’s Next Rising Star”. He won the top slot for the state, was entered into the national extension of the contest and became one of 12 finalists.
While pursuing a secondary education at Marist College in upstate New York, from which he graduated in 2007, Joseph reached beyond his acoustic rock roots to explore other genres like pop, r&b, rhythm and urban.
In 2009, he was in the spotlight again, when he auditioned for “P. Diddy’s Starmaker”, an MTV series produced by TV mogul Mark Burnett. The show was similar to “American Idol” in format and he competed against people from all over the country. Ultimately, he was one of 14 finalists that made it onto the program, went out to L.A. for filming and appeared in the first episode.
Reflecting back, Joseph said, “It was a pretty cool experience, and great exposure.”
Around the same time, Joseph debuted his first solo album, “Wherever I Go”, which was recorded and produced at The Steele Factory in Brooklyn, NY. It whet his whistle for further creativity.
To this regard, last summer, Joseph began a new album project, which involved recording in NY and L.A., has resulted in a single called “Get Down” and has spurred another album titled “Broken Record.” The single, which is available as a download on iTunes, was produced by Ben Romans (The Click Five) and Kyle Paas, both major record label executives. The song was co-written by British recording artist Daniel Bedingfield.
“’Get Down’, which was released in January, is about being who you are, being yourself, not letting others influence who you are and going for your dreams,” said Joseph, which is a message he has embraced personally.
Now, the East Haven native is busy shopping his record project to major labels, hoping for pick-up so he can go back into the studio and produce it.
“I’m anxious for people to see how far I’ve come and how much I’ve dedicated myself to doing this,” he said.
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To download Joseph’s single “Get Down”, go to: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/get-down-single/id414189967