Joel and his grandfather share a strong bond, which is where his love for country music began. His grandfather lived with his family off and on throughout his childhood and during that time Joel was introduced to the music of Johnny Cash, Hank Williams Jr., Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard. Joel also grew to love classic rock from the '70s, particularly story songs like those performed by Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Eagles and Fleetwood Mac. Even though he's in his 20s, Joel is an old soul who loves the classics and thinks there's no better sound than listening to a vinyl recording.
As a songwriter, Joel's talent for writing with emotion is reflected on his debut album, on which he co-wrote all of the tracks. He has written with some of the biggest songwriters in Nashville including BMI Songwriter of the Year, Luke Laird ("Pontoon," "Drink In My Hand"), Craig Wiseman ("Live Like You Were Dying," "Summertime") and Bob DiPiero ("Blue Clear Sky," "Southern Voice").
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