Editor’s Note: New York City pop artist Josey Greenwell sat down with Madness To Creation to discuss mental health awareness, his singles “Cowboy” and “102”, which features hip-hop artist Philup Banks, and he will be releasing his album “City Games” later on this year. He has also premiered his single “Cowboy” via CelebMix and as a fun fact, he’s also one of the most prominent fitness instructors in New York City. Fans can find Josey Greenwell at the following locations:
Madness To Creation: Welcome to Madness To Creation- where creativity and mental health merge. It’s been ten years, and now you’re releasing “Cowboy”, did you take a break from music or what did you learn in the ten years break/hiatus, however you want to word that?
Josey: I did take a break from music, but just for five. This is actually my first full album IN ten years, so I’m super excited about that! I needed to learn how to be myself. I needed the time to go through experiences with my own sexuality not in a public way and to be able to make mistakes and learn from them, not read about them. Most importantly I learned authenticity, and it’s weird because that’s typically something you don’t learn right? I think you do. You learn how to let your guards down and you learn to strip away all the negativity and crap the world throws at you to just be yourself.
Madness To Creation: What were some things you learned about yourself in that ten years?
Josey: In the past ten years I’ve learned so much haha. I’m a different person now, even more so in the past 5 years. I think I’ve learned to choose for myself and what’s best for me, not necessarily absorbing advice and suggestions of others.
Madness To Creation: What do you hope to accomplish ten years from now?
Josey: Wow, these are making me think! I love it! I hope to definitely be married and hopefully in the process of making a family. Family is important to me, so I want one of my own some day. I’m not sure if music will still be happening for me, but I also never planned on releasing anything again so who knows. I just kind of feel these feelings of creativity and go from there.
Madness To Creation: Take us into writing the song “Cowboy”, what were some challenges and rewarding aspects and what mentality does Josey Greenwell have when he steps in to the studio?
Josey: This song actually was SO much fun to write. I wrote it with my good friend and incredible producer Daneon. I had the melody and lyrics of the chorus in my head and I pitched them to him as an idea of mixing a little of my past country style with an acoustic guitar surrounded by heavy beats and “Cowboy” was born! We honestly were laughing so hard the whole time, especially the second verse where I’m kind of sing-rapping.
Madness To Creation: How would you describe yourself to someone that has never listened to you?
Josey: I’m a very “visual” writer. So I like to tell a story and sing in a way that the listener “sees” it as opposed to just hearing it. I learned how to write from country music, so that storytelling aspect will always be in my songs. Right now I’m in a pop phase, so a pop album is what I wrote.
Madness To Creation: The one thing you love about this industry and the one pet peeve you have about this industry?
Josey: I love how closely connected it is. I know so many people in New York in the music world, and everyone knows each other. It’s cool! My biggest pet peeve I think was that I didn’t get to mean these incredibly genuine people earlier in my career. There are a lot of sharks in the industry, so stay clear of them if possible.
Madness To Creation: How have you been coping with the Covid-19 pandemic?
Josey: Actually pretty well. Fortunately I haven’t been affected health wise by it, and my heart goes out to anyone who has. I’m a very outgoing person, but I’m also a very isolated (by choice) type of person. I love my social time, but equally need my alone time, so I’m thriving at the moment haha! I actually left New York and moved to Texas. Yeehaw!
Madness To Creation: Mental health is at the forefront of what we do, what are some things that help you when things get difficult and what makes you happy?
Josey: I’ve actually suffered from anxiety and depression for most of my teenage and adult life. Therapy is a gamechanger. My therapist has helped me in ways I never thought possible and really opened up my thinking. I think Mental Health is SO important and honestly hope the perspective of what people think about mental health is changing for the better. Honestly the two things that I think of are exercising and making music. They both bring me pure joy.
Madness To Creation: Tell me your go-to artist or album when you’re feeling down that helps you get through?
Josey: Taylor Swift has gotten me through some TIMES. I love all of her albums and know every lyric to every song. I also love Continuum by John Mayer. It’s such a transportive album, I always feel like I’m somewhere else in another world or something listening to it.
Madness To Creation: You collaborated with Philup Banks, what did you learn from him?
Josey: He has such great rhythm with how he writes his lyrics. Makes me rethink my melodies! haha
Madness To Creation: What’s the first thing you want to do when the fog lifts?
Josey: Go to a club haha! I love being out with loud music and people. A fun night out with friends can’t be beat every once in a while.
Madness To Creation: Donald Trump is rocking out at your show, how do you react?
Josey: I’m not a fan of who he is as a person, but I envision my show for this album as an experience away from the day to day life and into that of City Games , so I’m not sure I would want to take that experience away from other people just to “react” to him.
Madness To Creation: What else would you like to add?
Josey: This has been so fun to answer! Thank you for asking these questions and I appreciate your support really!
And there you have it! Be on the lookout for “City Games” later on this year!