Over the course of two albums and scores of song placements in TV shows and films, singer-songwriter Joshua Radin has accumulated some high profile fans. He was a special birthday guest for Hoda Kotb recently on NBC's "Today" show, and Radin was hand-picked by Ellen DeGeneres to perform at her wedding last year to actress Portia de Rossi.
Nevertheless, the Cleveland-born Radin, who now resides in New York, says he values all fans equally.
"People are people; to be a favorite of any person is humbling," explains Radin, 35. "I know that sounds kind of corny, but it's really true.
"I mean, my favorite is Bob Dylan, right? Any time someone tells me I'm their favorite musician, I look at them like, 'Do you not listen to any other music? I don't understand. Thank you. I'm flattered, but...' I think maybe people throw that word around too much."
Radin hopes to give those people more to fall for, however. He's already written the songs for his third album, which he plans to start recording in February, and is playing several of them on his current concert tour. And he hopes fans are ready for a bit of a change.
"The new songs are more rock," Radin says, describing them as somewhere between Bob Dylan's rootsy "Nashville Skyline" and Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers' "Damn the Torpedoes." "What's really cool is that people are digging it.
"The first two records have such a mellow sound, I didn't want to alienate an entire group of fans by doing a rock record. But everyone seems to dig the rock stuff, which is great. I'm really excited to get in the studio and record this stuff."
Joshua Radin, Gary Jules and Amber Rubarth perform at 7 p.m. Wednesday (Sept. 23) at St. Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Tickets are $15 or $44 for a four-pack. Call (313) 961-6358 or visit www.livenation.com.
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