Finding a balance between straight A’s and music, Josh Dranto is draping his dreams with musical notes and guitar chords. A sophomore at Lodi High School in New Jersey, Josh is brimming with potential. His Youtube videos have already garnered over 37,000 views.
Born into a family of musicians, his mother a choir singer and his father a piano/keyboard player, he harbors his own talents playing four different instruments. “I play the piano, guitar, alto saxophone, and the ukulele. I’ve been playing the alto saxophone…about 6 years.” Although he loves the sound and emotion of the saxophone, you’ll find Josh playing his guitar in his videos. “My interest for playing the guitar started towards the end of 7th grade. I told my dad and asked him to teach me because he too, plays guitar…So he gave me a chord chart, taught me how to read it and from there, I taught myself how to play.”
Still developing his voice, Josh’s Youtube collection showcases a soft, melodic voice over gentle guitar chords. Engaging his audience with his charming smile, Josh only discovered his vocal talents this year. “People from my church, school, everywhere I sang just for fun, complimented me and this made me think about my future.” Covering songs by Keri Hilson, Joe Brooks, Bruno Mars and even the late great Michael Jackson, Josh tells his Youtube subscribers, “Music is my passion and I love doing all this for FUN!”
Busking at union square isn’t quite like performing in sold out arenas but the thrill and excitement is all the same. “The feeling you get right before you perform in front of a crowd feels amazing to me. It doesn’t really matter if I perform in front of 2 people or 2000 people; I love to make music for people.” With a stern focus on his grades for college scholarships, Josh is leaving things up to God. “I dream really big for my future with music. I am extremely focused on having a music career in the future. If all goes well, I’d like to go to NYU for music, be a recording artist, sign a label, and just live life, sharing music to the world. Performing at places that I never thought I’d be, I just put it in the hands of God. He gave me these gifts and talents so I just leave everything up to Him. My future is in His hands.”[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_lZYgZ8MTl4[/youtube]