As a student at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 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.
Thirty years later, The Clarks, 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 business and art of music. He is currently on the Board of Directors at 91.3 WYEP-FM/90.5 WESA-FM, Pittsburgh.
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, Fox’s Pizza, Northwest Consumer Discount Company, The Citizens Bank of Martins Ferry, OH and more.
Joseph also has a nationally released solo CD “American Diary,” an 11-song collection of stories about life, death, desire and broken hearts told with his trademark cynicism and dry humor.
MUSIC BUSINESS EDUCATION
Joseph is an adjunct professor, teaching Talent Management at Point Park University. He enjoys sharing his “trial by fire” experiences in the music industry through lectures and workshops. 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. 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 has sixteen albums in total, having recently released a covers CD, Rewind. On their last studio record entitled Feathers & Bones, Joseph penned five songs.
Greg is an avid golfer and bicyclist, recently peddling 334 miles from Pittsburgh to Washington DC on the Great Allegheny Passage/C&O Canal Trails.
TV AND RADIO SONG PLACEMENTS
-The Simpsons “What a Wonderful World” remake
-Toyota “Life Is All About The Ride”, “Drivin’” Jingles
-ESPN First Take “Trampoline”
-Saving Grace “Maybe”
-Anna Nicole Show “Better Off Without You”
-ESPN X Games “Stop”
-MTV Road Rules “Hell On Wheels”
-Bud Light “Make It A Bud Light” TV and Radio Theme Song
-Northwest Consumer “Making Dreams Come True” Jingle
-The Citizens Bank of Martins Ferry, OH “Your Dreams, Your Life, Your Bank” Jingle
-Pittsburgh Penguins 2008-2009 Season Theme Song “What a Wonderful World” remake
MOVIE SONG PLACEMENTS
-Summer Catch- 2001 “Let It Go” with Freddie Prinze Jr., Jessica Biel and Brian Dennehy
-Just Write-1997 “Fatal” with Jeremy Piven
-Boys-1996 “Cigarette” with Winona Ryder
-NHL Network “Winter Classic” Tour of Pittsburgh
-Late Show with David Letterman
-ESPN Cold Pizza
-Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Telethon
-Bud Light Live TV Commercial
-Mitch Albom National Syndicated Radio Show