Joel Cross at Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3
Jordan Rose, Drums
Perrin Grace, Bass
Horace Bray, Guitar
Melissa McMilan, Vocals
Tahira Clayton, Vocals
Joel Cross grew up singing gospel songs with his seven
siblings. After picking up his first guitar at age 12, it was
evident that making music was his calling. His heartfelt approach
showcased his ability to make each piece sound new, truly a sound
all his own. One afternoon, while playing the Dallas Arboretum,
Joel decided to appease the crowd’s unconventional request for a
Taylor Swift song. A fan happened to catch his very soulful
rendition of “Shake it Off” on video and uploaded it to YouTube.
The next morning, over a half a million people had watched the
video, and Joel’s face was on every major news source in Dallas.
The viral video quickly catapulted his career as he captured the
attention of fans across the globe, including Ellen DeGeneres,
America’s Got Talent, Capitol Records, Time, and MTV. Four time
Grammy award winning artist, India Arie, was also intrigued by Joel
when she heard one of his original songs, “Candlelight,” and
invited him to collaborate with her on her upcoming album. In
addition to co-writing with India, Joel will soon be releasing a
new full length album.