After he was finished traveling in ten states with his college rock band signed to Winter in July Records, Joshua planted himself back home in the Northwest and started his solo career. Once he had written and performed several projects Hope decided to bring in a drummer and second vocalist. It was upon recruiting his good friend J.R. that things began to grow into what they are now.
Not only performing drums on record and live, J.R. also took the helm of co-producer and engineer for the recordings. It wasn't long before that vocalist Joan-Joy had began working with the two singing backup and harmony sections through out songs.
Although Joan-Joy ended up leaving the group, Hope and J.R. hooked up with Supernatural Sounds in Portland and went on to track songs for a fresh project. Hope focused on the new record with Jordyne Bolton in Portland as J.R. laid drum tracks. Before long they dubbed the project Upward Over.
The full length 12 track album Upward Over was released July 29th and marked a new chapter in Hope's musical and life journey.
The first single "There Was This Girl", based on Hope's relationship with former band mate Joan-Joy, has already been received with praise and Lanterns Of Hope has moved into booking more live shows as the album begins to reach into radio and press.
You can find the Upward Over album on all major streaming platforms now.
Venues: Artichoke in Portland, Prosody in Ellensburg, Emerald of Siam in Tri-Cities, Munchen Haus in Leavenworth, The Seasons in Yakima, 4th St Theatre in Yakima, Franklin Museum, Rotary Pavilion, and regularly at Bearded Monkey Cycling in Yakima Washington.
Festivals: Barge in Fest in Lewiston ID, Dalles Songwriter Showcase, Granger Cherry Fest, Tumbleweed Music Fest in Tri-Cities, Woodinville Songwriter Showcase, and Folklife Festival in Yakima.
Sets range from 1-2hrs
Covers include but not limited to:
Anabelle by Gillian Welch
White winter hymnal by Fleet Foxes
Ohio by Damien Jurado
Seasonal: Child of the poor & O come Emanuel
"It's time to introduce you to the neo folk storytelling of Lanterns Of Hope. The single There was this girl swells and sways through it's emotional happenings and is surely something new and old fans of folk will enjoy."
"Upward Over has a flow to it and one of the reasons I prefer to listen to an album from beginning to end. As an album unfolds I prefer an arc similar to a story where it takes you to different shades of emotion and varying degrees of energy. If you are looking for experience like that then you just found it."
- Dan Weston, Divide and Conquer Indie Music Reviews
"The reminiscences which Lanterns of Hope shares with the likes of Leonard Cohen and Elliot Smith amplifies the accessibility of There Was This Girl, yet, plenty of distinction can be found in the raw human emotion which has been poured into the single. Narratively compelling tracks such as There Was This Girl will always be timeless."
- Amelia Vandergast, A&R Factory
"Hope's ability to connect with his audience and draw them in makes for unforgettable songs and unforgettable performances."
- Josh Ellis, Pulitzer-Prize nominee