As a student at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania in the 1980s, Greg Joseph envied his musician dorm mates, so he purchased an acoustic guitar and taught himself to play. With three other IUP students, he formed a rock band called The Clarks and set out to make it in the music business.
Over twenty-five years later The Clarks, still with all the original members, are both a hometown favorite and a bona fide mainstream success with major label record deals, national tours and airplay, and song placements in television and movies.
Along the way, Joseph learned more than just how to play guitar. As a songwriter, bass player, singer and spokesman for The Clarks, he is a passionate musician and writer as well as an industry pro with a grass roots understanding of the art and business of music.
SOLO AND COMMERCIAL WORK
In recent years, Joseph has expanded his professional portfolio to include commercial jingle writing. Working from his home recording facility, Sonic Dog Studios, Joseph has parlayed his talent for sinfully infectious melodies into local and national radio and television spots for Toyota, Bud Light, The Citizens Bank of Martins Ferry, OH, Northwest Consumer Discount Company and more.
In 2006 Joseph debuted the nationally released solo CD “American Diary,” an 11-song collection of stories about life, death, desire and broken hearts told with Joseph's trademark cynicism and dry humor. A new album will soon be in the works.
PROFESSIONAL SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
Joseph enjoys sharing his “trial by fire” experiences in the music industry through guest lectures and workshops for aspiring musicians and casual fans from high school age through adulthood. From fascinating stories about life on the road to sound advice on navigating the music business, Joseph delivers engaging lectures with laid-back style. In addition, Joseph is a respected source for local and national journalists seeking comments about music industry issues.
The Clarks have sold over 300,000 CD's through deals with national labels MCA and Razor & Tie as well as through their independent labels Clarkhouse Music and King Mouse Music. As a songwriter, bass player, singer and spokesman for The Clarks, Joseph has shared the stage with nationally known acts such as Matchbox 20, Barenaked Ladies, John Mayer, and Train. The Clarks have appeared as musical guests on the Late Show with David Letterman, where they performed a song written by Joseph called “Hell on Wheels.” The band recently released their eleventh CD entitled Restless Days on their Clarkhouse Music Label. Joseph and band mate, Scott Blasey, wrote all the songs on the new CD.
Greg is an avid golfer and bicyclist, recently peddling 318 miles from Pittsburgh to Washington DC on the Great Allegheny Passage/C&O Canal Trails.