ABOUT JOE KIRSCH:
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The true sign of success in the music business is not just the hit
record or the million-dollar
its longevity and the ability to make a living! Songwriter Joe Kirsch has made his
living in the music and entertainment industry for nearly 30+ years. From musical director
in a Vegas headline band to working under an Atlantic
Records subsidiary in the 70s, to Project Manager
for a major
radio network in the 00s, Joe continues to do what he
does best work in the music and entertainment industry!
Starting as a young musician in the early 70s, showcasing at some of
NYCs legendary Greenwhich
Village haunts such as Mills Tavern, The Back Fence, and Kennys Castaways by 1976 as guitarist, and songwriter for The Rhythm Express, Joe and
this Top-40 band were scheduled to headline at The
Golden Nugget in Las Vegas.
Under the short lived management of Lou
Carr Entertainment, the Rhythm
Express worked with some of the
names of the day including Jerry
Lewis (MDS telethon), Joe
Franklin, and Jimmy Angel
(Delite Records). But it was a sudden change in management in the late 70s,
along with the exposure, and the buzz that lead to the band opening for Deborah Harry (Blondie)at the
infamous Anti-Anita Bryant festival on NYCs Christopher Street where
over 10,000 danced the night (and Anita) away.
By the late 70s, under the new management of a well known Bleeker
Street entrepreneur, Artie
the band was picked up by Emerald
a subsidiary of Atlantic
where they were showcased at the 75
Rock Warner Brothers studio facility as the
next big disco & R&B act.
However, as the decade ended (along with the genre), The Rhythm Express disbanded.
In the early 80s Joe Kirsch entered the world of radio and the
broadcast industry where he composed program themes for National
Public Radio arts and news
programs such as Artist In The
City featuring Jenny Dixon, and In The Media with Don
Matheson. It was at this time, based on frequent airplay that Joe was accepted as
a full ASCAP member.
In addition to composing themes for NPR and special event music (NY Mets, NY Rangers, JVC Jazz
Festival) Joe continued an active
touring and live performance roll in bands such as Ashley
Roe, and Axis Power whose independent EP release was produced by David Reaves of NYCs WHTZ Z100 Radio (and brother of MCA new age artist Giles Reaves). However it was
Joes Behind The Music
abilities, working with acts such as Marvin
Peters, New Edition, Stevie Wonder, and John Fogerty, that enabled Joe
to continue to make a living in the industry, and at the same time fine tune his contacts
By the 1990s, along with his new band White
Lie, Joe signed a management deal and resumed his
live performances. White
Lie opened for acts such as Ugly
Kid Joe at NYCs celebrated Cat
Club, Queen Latifah at the historic Flushing Meadow Queens
Master Flash at Light,
Wisdom & Sound. With original music being written by Joe
Kirsch, the band pounded the NYC and surrounding area circuits, including regular gigs at CBGBs,
and received rave reviews as being a
It also was in the 90s when, under a pen name, Joe authored and sold thousands of
copies of a manuscript that included history and prose about one of the new hippest-nabes
in New York. Once again proving his tenacity and versatility as a writer, a NY
Daily News article by Austin
Fenner referred to Joe as
thumbs and fingers erecting this virtual borough of Kings.....
Today, Joe Kirsch remains active in the industry and on the street as a
songwriter, musician, and music consultant for some of NYCs top artists and show
bands. He's been in the top 10 of some of the largest on-line sites, signed to publishing
deals, and presented at the majors such as Interscope/A&M records. Material from his
catalog has been listed as on-target for submission for a long list of major recording
artists including Hilary Duff, Josh Groban, Panic At The Disco,Celine Dion, Fergie, and
His two radio programs, one of which was broadcast on terrestrial radio on
Radio One102.4 FM and 103 FM in cap d'Agde France, and the other on various On-Line radio
sites continues to gain popularity with listeners and has featured celebrity guests such
as Felipe Rose of The Village People, Joe Monti of Criss Angels "Mind Freak",
and American Band-Stander Charlie Kulis.
The first single released from his WOODPOINT ROAD album release, "Where
Were You From The Start", attracted a new fan base in just about every state in
the union. With the highest concentration of fans in both the 25-34 and 35-44 demographic,
as well as an impressive showing in the 18-24 age group, the CD cuts across the meat of
the buying public.
Music legend Kenny Gamble
gives props to Joe Kirsch
Music legend Kenny Gamble's son Caliph was producing a project to honor
his father on his 75th birthday. If you don't know who Kenny Gamble is, Philadelphia
International Records co-founders Gamble and Huff have written and produced over 175+ gold
and platinum records. Including Love Train, Back Stabbers, Me and Mrs Jones, Cowboys to
girls, I'll always love my momma, You'll never find, and tons more.
So I put together a short music piece and sent it over to him. It ended
up as the projects lead video on a compilation piece given to Kenny Gamble for his
It's quite a feeling you get as a songwriter when somebody like Kenny
Gamble's son writes to you on Facebook and tells you: "...I'm blown away..."
Followed by a post of yourself and Kenny Gamble in the same Facebook frame! Jeeze... this
guy wrote the soundtrack to my life and was a tremendous influence to my music. SMH + OMG!
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