Born in October of 1980 in Westland, Michigan, Josh Gracin is a country singer who competed on the show American Idol. He grew up listening to a wide variety of artists, like Elvis Presley, the Beatles, Garth Brooks, George Strait and Randy Travis. His vocal debut was in an Easter musical performance; his first public appearance was at an eighth grade talent competition. At the competition, he sang Garth Brooks’ “Standing Outside the Fire” and won. He then competed in other vocal competitions, like the Fairlane Youth Pops Orchestra. He was the only male at Fairlane, but he came out on top. At sixteen, he performed on stage at the Grand Ole Opry in a national talent show.
In 2003, Gracin auditioned for the second season of American Idol. He ended up making it to the top four. In 2004, he signed with Lyric Street Records and released his debut, self-titled album. The album was certified Gold. Its first three singles all reached the Top 5 on the Billboard hot Country Singles & Tracks charts. These singles were “I Want to Live,” “Nothin’ to Lose” and “Stay with Me.” “Nothin’ to Lose” reached Number One on the charts. The single was also certified Gold.
Gracin’s fourth single, “Favorite State of Mind,” was a Top 20 hit on the country chart, and was followed by a Number Ten hit with “We Weren’t Crazy.” His next two singles, “Unbelievable (Ann Marie)” and “Telluride” both reached the Top 40. His 2011 single “Long Way to Go” peaked at Number Sixteen on the U.S. Adult Contemporary charts.
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