Josie Dunne sits down with The Professor of Rock and discusses it all. From her early influences in Motown music through her 2018 EP To Be The Little Fish with single “Old School,” and looking forward to what she has planned for the future.
Josie Dunne Found Her Love of Music through Motown
Growing up in La Grange, Illinois, Josie Dunne discovered her destiny at an early age, when she heard the songs of Motown, and the beautiful soulfulness of legendary singers like Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, and Stevie Wonder. It was the music her parents played on the family stereo that lit a fire in her young soul.
The first time Josie Dunne heard “Sir Duke” by Stevie Wonder, she knew what she wanted to do when she grew up, or, perhaps, she knew what she wanted to do at that precise moment. Stevie’s #1 hit from 1976 left an indelible impression on the budding Josie. She knew she wanted to be a musical artist. “When I heard that song, I could just feel it in my bones” Josie recalled. It was a feeling she never wanted to relinquish.
Paying Dues: Josie Dunne’s Early Career and Songwriting
Josie boldly began playing in front of live audiences throughout the Chicagoland area when she was only 15 years old, including 21 and over clubs that she had to sneak into. During those early gigs, Josie was very observant of the audience, to see how they reacted to certain songs. She logged the way that people reacted to certain songs, and specific movements she made on stage. Those mental notes helped her perfect her craft as a performer.
In 2014, Josie entered into a publishing deal with Warner Chappell. A few years later, her childhood dream fully materialized when she signed with Atlantic Records in 2018 and released her first EP “To Be the Little Fish”. In 2019, Josie put out a new single in May titled “Same.” As her career evolves, Josie plans to consistently release EPs sharing her real-life experiences with her fans.
Josie Dunne’s Bringing Back Feel Good Music
By the time she delivered her first EP, Josie had already earned songwriting credits with Kelly Clarkson (one of her heroes), and Jacob Sartorius. She has collaborated with renowned producer/ writer Nathan Chapman, who has worked with a number of well-known artists, such as Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Ed Sheeran, and Kylie Minogue.
One could say that Josie is an ‘old soul’ because she is definitely wise beyond her years, and understands the importance of where she came from, and how it will help her to get to where she wants to go with her career. “Listening to classic soul music makes me a better singer,” Josie revealed, “you can really feel the lyrics.” It is the kind of intimate experience Josie wants a listener to have with her music. “I want people to feel my songs, the way I feel music, added Josie. “I really labor hard when I am writing a song, because every word is important.”
One of the most endearing aspects of Josie’s artistry is how passionately she conveys her love and appreciation for her family and close friends in her music, especially in the tune “Old School” with Josie telling the heartwarming love story of Marty and Marcy Dunne (Josie’s parents). It’s all part of Josie’s mantra to bring back the lost art of composing “feel good music.”.