Born Joshua Curtis Arrington, in Philadelphia, PA. His first musical influences were his parents, Eleanor and Kenneth Arrington, who both sang lead in a gospel recording ensemble. Joshua started attending his parents’ rehearsals while in his mother’s womb; his gift for arranging harmonies began to develop. By the time Joshua began to walk, he was singing on the youth choir in church. He was affectionately given the nick-name “Onion” because of his fair-skin and his hair that only grew in the middle of
his head (at that time). When he reached pre-school, Joshua had his first performance singing “Lean on Me” and “Swing Low Sweet Chariot” along side of his father. Actually, Joshua’s dad soon discovered that Joshua did not need to “lean on” him, so he stepped into the background and let Joshua take center-stage.
Joshua began training in the performing arts at the Philadelphia School of Dance Arts, and is an alumnus of the Concern for Children’s Betterment School of Performing Arts, where he spent thirteen years as a voice, dance and drama student every day after school from elementary, and later returned as a drama instructor. His dad was active in the arts as a former Board Member of both the Philadelphia Dance Company (Philadanco) and Freedom Theater. This provided Joshua with direct exposure to and wise counsel from the founders of these great institutions: Joan Myers Brown (Philadanco) and the late John Allen (Freedom Theater), who both applauded Joshua’s artistic talents.
In high school Joshua helped form a pop group named Men of Excellent Taste “M.O.E.T”, and began singing all over Philadelphia and the east coast from New York to Florida. With this group he appeared on the Televised “Showtime at the Apollo” and began being recognized by major record labels. In these teenage years, Joshua saw first hand the new age of soul singers coming up in Philadelphia. On many occasions he sang with Musiq Soulchild and members of No Question as they were coming up, right in the subway stations and The Gallery (an underground mall in Philly) He would also sneak into open mics where he didn’t meet the age requirement just to sing and hear Musiq, Jill Scott, Bilal, Kindred, John Legend (while he was in college) and young Jasmine Sullivan, all of these artists were still unsigned at that point. In his adult years, Joshua began “branding” himself as “JCurtis.”
JCurtis was cast in several touring plays including a lead role as Uncle Junebug, in the gospel comedy play, “Uncle Junebug’s Cookout”, starring Al Goodman and Billy Brown of the group “Ray Goodman & Brown”, and “Master I Wanna Live”, written by the legendary gospel great, Johnny Thompson. JCurtis is inspired by singer/songwriters such as, Baby Face, Smokey Robinson, John Legend , Musiq and Ne-Yo, because they too are singer/ songwriters.
Today Joshua Curtis Arrington is putting it all together, recording, writing and arranging, performing, working with industry production companies and agencies including VIP Talent Connect. His ultimate goal is to prosper and become a successful artist in the entertainment industry.
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