Josh Milan

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Biography

  • Soul stirring, infectious, and sensual, while these three words may bring to mind separate images, for Josh Milan they capture the homogenous nature of his talents. A career spanning three decades as a vocalist, songwriter, producer and composer, Josh’..
    Soul stirring, infectious, and sensual, while these three words may bring to mind separate images, for Josh Milan they capture the homogenous nature of his talents. A career spanning three decades as a vocalist, songwriter, producer and composer, Josh’s ability to meld spirit and passion through song is a testament to his longevity and viability in an ever changing industry. One third of the famed 80’s and 90’s Motown Records group, Blaze, Josh Milan has been a force in the music industry for well over 30 years. Multiple chart topping dance classics and remixes for such artists as Lisa Stansfield, Diana Ross, Babyface, El DeBarge and Jody Watley, Josh’s contribution to the music landscape are canonized and respected. A multi-instrumentalist (guitar, bass, keys, drums, percussion), Josh’s gospel roots can be felt in every pitch and rhythmic notation. A passion for songwriting, his lyrics either for self or others transmit messages of love, passion, peace, and positivity. With roots in the church Josh’s innate ability to convey emotion through music were honed at the tender age of 12. In a single instance where opportunity married divine design, Josh was left to fill in the gap for an organist who, when overcome by emotion abandoned his bench, leaving Josh to play like he’d never played before. It was then that not only did his peers take notice of his capabilities, but a spark was lit in him that, after some 30 years, has yet to be diminished. While, Josh Milan’s most noted works are of the house and dance music category, his repertoire spans the spectrum of musical genres. Much like his travels, this globetrotter incorporates various sounds into his music. These international influences have brought him into the studio with such artists as Grammy nominated South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela, Grammy award winning R&B, Pop and Jazz vocalist Patti Austin, world renowned musician/producer Louie Vega, Andy Narell, and Lisa Fischer to name a few. An amalgamation of soul, Josh Milan’s Sam Cooke-like voice, with a hint of Stevie Wonder but with a style all his own, has positioned him as an artist of major crossover appeal. Staying true to his roots, Josh Milan continues to pull upon his spiritual base to fortify his iconoclastic status in the annals of dance music and beyond.
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    Selected discography

    Albums Josh Milan Presents: Honeycomb Music Vol. 1 - Various - Honeycomb Music (2011) Spiritually Speaking (Then and Now) – Blaze – West End (2006) Soulheaven Presents Blaze – Blaze – Soulheaven Records (2005) Blaze Presents Underground Dance Artists United For Life – Keep Hope Alive – Blaze – King Street Sounds (2004) The Instrumentals Project – Papa Records (2004) Found Love – Blaze – Slip ‘n’ Slide (2004) The Prologue LP – Blaze – Public Service Records (2004) Spiritually Speaking – Blaze – Slip ‘n’ Slide (2002) Natural Blaze – Blaze – Life Line (2001) Blaze Productions – Blaze – Urban (1999) My Beat – Blaze feat. Palmer Brown – Slip ‘n’ Slide (1998) Basic Blaze – Blaze – Slip ‘n’ Slide (1997) 25 Years Later – Blaze – Motown (1990) Singles & EPs Josh Milan Presents: Honeysweet EP Vol. 1 - Honeycomb Music (2013) Your Body - Josh Milan – Honeycomb Music (2011) Stay With Me - Kenny Dope feat. Josh Milan - Dope Wax (2011) ‘Til You Go Home - Josh Milan feat. Chinah Blac – Honeycomb Music (2010) Love Remains The Same – Luisito Quintero feat. Blaze – Vega Records (2007) Back Up – Blaze/[re:jazz] – INFRAcom! (2007) Joshua’s Jam – Louie & Blaze – Vega Records (2006) Most Precious Love (Remixes) – Blaze – Defected (2006) The Rising Sun – Studio Apartment feat. Blaze – New World Records (2006) Amazing Love – Kay Rush feat. Joshua Milan – Time Records (2006) With You – Big Moe Records (2006) All About Love – Catalan & Sven Love feat. Blaze – Kif Recordings (2006) S.U.M.O. Rebounces – Album Sampler Part 1 – Blaze – HEYA HIFI (2005) Here With Me – Blaze - Life Line (2005) Gloria’s Muse (The Yoga Song) – Blaze – West End Records (2005) Wonderful Place – Blaze – SuSU (2005) Hideaway – EMI/Virgin (2005) Most Precious Love (Part One) – Blaze presents UDA feat. Barbara Tucker – Defected (2005) I’m Happy/I Won’t Complain – Blaze/Jazmina – Ace Beat Records (2004) A Song For Nina (Keep The Faith) – Blaze – West End Records (2004) Found Love – Blaze - West End Records (2004) Sunshine – Louie Vega presents Blaze & Raul Midon – Vega Records (2004) Love Is On The Way – Louie Vega feat. Blaze – Vega Records (2004) We Are One – Blaze – King Street Sounds (2003) Trip Do West – Blaze / Bethany Yarrow – RHYTHMiX (2003) I Think Of You – Blaze feat. Amira – Slip ‘n’ Slide (2003) Wonderland – Blaze – BAAS Recordings (2002) Brand New Day – Little Louie Vega feat. Blaze – MAW Records (2002) Better Dayz – Blaze – Life Line (2002) House Nation 230 – Blaze/De’Lacy – DMC (2002) A Moment In Time (Part 1) – Blaze – 157 Shelter Records (2002) A Moment In Time (Part 2) – Blaze – 157 Shelter Records (2002) When I Fall In Love – Blaze feat. Sybil – Kickin Records (2002) How Deep Is Your Love – Blaze – 157 Shelter Records (2002) Breathe – Blaze – Slip ‘n’ Slide (2002) Do You Remember House? – Blaze feat. Palmer Brown – Slip ‘n’ Slide (2002) House Nation 221 – Blaze, Lionrock, Blondie – DMC (2001) Blaze Production Presents James Toney Jr. Project – Lovely Ones – Blaze – Life Line (2001) Shine – Blaze & Palmer Brown – Nite Grooves (2001) Blaze Presents Cassio – Paradise – Blaze – Playhouse (2001) Blaze Presents Cassio Ware – Fantasy – Blaze – Playhouse (2001) Jump 4 Luv – Blaze & Palmer Brown – Nite Grooves (2001) Elevation – Blaze – Life Line (2000) Home Is Where The Heart Is – Blaze – 157 Shelter Records (2000) Elements of Life – Louie Vega feat. Blaze – MAW Records (2000) Don’t Give A Shhhh – Ruffneck feat. Yavahn & Joshua Milan – Cutting Edge (1999) More Than Gold – Blaze – Nite Grooves (1998) Cult of Soul – Blaze – Slip ‘n’ Slide (1998) Directions Part 1 – Blaze – Spiritual Life Music (1998) Seasons of Love – Blaze – Nite Grooves (1998) Space Sampler – Blaze, Furry Phreaks, Erasure – Slip ‘n’ Slide (1998) Directions – Blaze - Spiritual Life Music (1997) Feel The Music – Blaze feat. Alexander Hope – 157 Shelter Records (1997) Love Comes Around – Blaze – Simplex (1996) The Colour Funky EP (A Music Perspective) – Blaze – Funky People (1996) Now You Got It (Keep On Do’in It) – The Backroom feat. Cheri Williams – Strictly Rhythm (1996) What Can U Do – Blaze – 157 Shelter Records (1996) Trans-Jazz EP – Blaze – Simplex Records (1996) Fly Away – Blaze – 157 Shelter Records (1995) Happy Day – Blaze – Sumo Records (1995) The Blaze Tracks EP – Blaze – Nuphonic (1995) Brothers & Sisters – Blaze feat. Alexander Hope – Music USA (1995) Dancing – Blaze – 157 Shelter Records (1994) #6 Hubert St. – Blaze – Sumo Records (1994) Live The Happy Life – Blaze – Sumo Reocrds (1994) Just A Little Different – Blaze - Polar Cap (1994) Why Can’t We Live Together – Blaze feat. Hunter Hayes – 157 Shelter Records (1993) So Special – Blaze – Motown (1990) We Must All Live Together – Blaze – Motown (1990) Can’t Win For Losin’ – Blaze – Republic Records (1988) If You Should Need A Friend – Blaze – Quark (1986) Watcha Gonna Do – Blaze – Quark (1986) Yearnin’ – Blaze – Ace Beat Records (1985)