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Josh Damigo

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The history of popular music is full of stars who began their careers in the church only to find success in the secular world. Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin and Sam Cooke all began their careers as gospel singers before bursting out from the choir into mainstream success. Amy Grant began her career in the Christian music genre before finding pop stardom. If Josh Damigo has his way, he’ll add a different kind of chapter to the annals of church-bred musicians who find success in the secular world. While the above legends all found success in R&B and pop after learning about music in the church, Damigo is in the singer-songwriter mold. Born and raised in San Jose, Calif., Damigo grew up in a very strict household. Only allowed to listen to the KFRC, the local oldies station in the Bay Area, he found himself influenced by bands like the Beatles, The Beach Boys, and much of the old-time, lyrically driven style of music.
Damigo’s initial introduction to music was fairly ordinary: In first grade, his mother signed him up for piano lessons. “I absolutely hated piano because my teacher kept giving me classical pieces,” Damigo said. “I quit when I was in sixth grade.” He only quit piano, not music. “At 16, I taught myself to play guitar… Two weeks after that, I had my first show. I was playing at churches. I was mostly singing - I was a much better singer than a guitar player.” It was also at this time that he wrote his first song.
Achievements include:

• 2006
- Four San Diego H.A.T Awards for
o Best New Artist
o Best Male Performer
o Best Male Singer/Songwriter
o Best Male Vocalist

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