Josh Xantus is a refreshing, new young artist with natural talent. Still, the singer took the time out to sharpen his craft. Josh Xantus was classically trained at the Julliard School, arguably the most prestigious music school in the U.S. He started playing classical piano at the age of six, learning the brilliance of Mozart, Bach and Beethoven. Somewhere along the line, his ears caught the sounds of Brian McKnight’s 1997 hit “Anytime,” and it would change his outlook on music for life. As a result, he began to steer away from his classical roots, studying jazz and R&B at the legendary Five Towns College, the same school Chrisette Michele, Nicole from Nina Sky and Adam Levine (lead singer of Maroon 5) attended.
With the success of his debut single, “First Time,” and its follow-up, “Let’s Ride,” featuring Jadakiss, the 24-year-old has already opened for artists such as Fabolous, Busta Rhymes and Ne-Yo. His current single, “I Don’t Care,” is steadily getting radio adds across the country, and his debut album, Can I Live? (Capital/EMI), will be released sometime later this year.
In this exclusive BET.com interview, the up-and-comer reveals that his mother forced him into music, only allowing him to listen to classical music in his younger years. He also talks about meeting Stevie Wonder for the first time, his five favorite albums and where men should not have tattoos at. Watch!