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Josiah Leming Sings His "One Last Song"

American Idol Reject Josiah Leming's Music Is...Pretty Good!

Even though we haven't even hit the big stage yet, this season's American Idol has already delivered one contestant who ran away with many a fan's heart. Josiah Leming came in with a classic livin'-in-my-car, just tryin'-to-make-it story as well as genuine talent. His voice was unique, his story compelling — and even if he was a little obnoxious from time to time, it was hard not to be utterly fascinated with him.

As Hollywood Week wore on, I think most Idol fans got comfortable with the idea of watching him for a couple more rounds. But then, after a great take on Mika's "Grace Kelly" couldn't counter a subpar "Stand by Me," he was booted off before the Top 24. To be fair, his occasionally bratty behavior showed he probably wasn't mature enough for the rigors of reality television competition. Still, with all the screen time Idol devoted to this kid, it was shocking to see him go so soon.

But do not cry for this early Idol castoff. His small moment in the sun is garnering him (and his music) some positive attention, and for once, I'm going to say this guy may deserve his 15 minutes. MTV posted a video of him singing a song he wrote called "One Last Song," and it's beautiful. No, seriously. I want this song in my iPod mix titled "Stuff like Coldplay." Josiah has more of his music on his MySpace page, and to see the MTV clip and let me know what you think,



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omlove omlove 9 years
I loved it searching for his songs right now on
sharshar sharshar 9 years
He reminded me of that comic book character Alan M from Josie and the Pussycats. Hahahaha.
wolfpackgal wolfpackgal 9 years
why did he say he was homeless.. if he's not?
megz0684 megz0684 9 years
JaeB JaeB 9 years
I really liked Josiah on AI. Think he needs to work a bit more on the vocals, but he has got a nice sound and he's sounds like a talented song writer. Love this song. Thanks for sharing!
coachluvr33 coachluvr33 9 years
Can you get the music from his myspace page on an iPod? Sorry if that is a stupid ??? If I can't buy from iTunes, I am pretty much useless and clueless. I have a Mac if that helps.
coachluvr33 coachluvr33 9 years
YAY!!! I actually haven't even watched Idol this year since he got the boot except for a few minutes each episode to be bored to tears because I love this guy. He is amazing. He is different and sincere and oh, I love Josiah. Yay, this makes me very happy!!! :)
shulemina shulemina 9 years
i think he is cute and sensitive and for being an artist and songwriter you need specially that:sensitivity....he is real and hope he can really make it in music business...I`m sick of all the plastic music we have to heard this days...
fungi fungi 9 years
I don't think Josiah Leming was "obnoxious." They gave him a catalogue of songs to choose from...the song he originally wanted they could not get clearance for..he then had to go with "Stand By Me." He wasn't "feeling the song", and he could not get into time with the band. That's why he wanted to sing without the band, not because he was being a jerk. I don't think the judges even quite understood what was going on. Here's another great article on Josiah
zenochka zenochka 9 years
When I saw Josiah first I right away felt he came across as a real kid. He was not jaded yet. His original music is addicting: To Run,The Last Song,Theysay.Check him out on myspace and youtube.We need to support new artists and not be swayed by the media take on things.I would suggest someone to start a good music forum. Jake Walden I came across yesterday. His voice is rich. More edgy is this young thoughtful singer/songwriter Andrew Sexton.
chaya9 chaya9 9 years
When you get to be my age (not very old, but old enough)and you've listened to a lot of music in your life like I have, you can tell a gem when you see it. This young man has AMAZING talent, his music inspires and moves in you in a way only a true artist can do, his lyrics, his melodies and even his unique voice, sound in my head over and over again, I can't get enough of his brilliance... For those bashers out there, you either love him or you don't and you should respect him and others like myself who happen to think he is probably the greatest thing American Idol will ever give us, whether you are 16, 20 or 30 grow up, learn to respect and keep your hurtful, arrogant and distasteful comments to yourself. Josiah, if you ever read this, know that we, your fans are out here, we love your music and can't wait to buy your CD and see you soon someday. For now I keep playing your masterpieces, "Theysay" "Her" Fingertips" among others on my iPod.
Michypop Michypop 9 years
I am listening to Josiah Leming's music right now, and I must say, I'm hooked. I can't get "Theysay" out of my head. Absolutely love it, they need to play it on the radio. Okay, for all you Josiah haters who think he is annoying, I'm sure you were all probably annoying at the age of 16 as well. When I turned 20-ish, I hated 16 year old, mostly because they thought they were gods, very egocentric. Then when I turned 30-ish I understood that it had been mostly the green-eyed monster talking. I was jealous of what they had. Josiah is an emotionally charged teenager who is having to deal with all too stressful situations. Who wouldn't cry from being cut from American Idol. Heck, who wouldn't cry after Simon is finished with you. I wished he had stayed, and I'm surprised he was cut as much time as he got on air, but I'm glad, because I've had a chance to listen to him singing HIS songs, not some poptart, bubblegum rock that is so popular for such a short time, gets overplayed and then gets shelved. His music has meaning, you can see the real Josiah from his songs. So what if he doesn't have a picture perfect voice, listen to any singer out there. I was raised on singers who were unique, not perfect. In todays pop world, singers' voices aren't even theirs anymore as much as they process them. Josiah is real, what you see and what you hear is what you get. He'll have a chance to use his own voice now that he didn't make it on AI. Not sing other people's canned music. (Oh, and about the British thing, tell all southerners to stop using their drawl.) You pick up what you hear in other words. If he listens to a lot of British music, or British people, he's going to naturally pick up that. Nothing ticks me off worse than a person with an accent, be it British, southern, Californian, Texan, from Chicago, New Jersey or even New York making fun of someone else's accent.
lilirockzu lilirockzu 9 years
he isnt homeless he has a home!!! I LOVE JOSIAH i fell in love with him the scaond i saw him he is awesome ♥♥♥♥♥
lilirockzu lilirockzu 9 years
jis songs are beautiful i was sooo angry when he got kicked out those judges made a BIG mistake i ♥ josiah leming! u rock
lilirockzu lilirockzu 9 years
lilirockzu lilirockzu 9 years
luv2blazy luv2blazy 9 years
I needs some work, but not bad. I almost cried when he got booted.
Nina_79 Nina_79 9 years
He was annoying. In general I find it annoying that the show sometimes seems to be more about what 'hardships' people went through then if they can sing well. Plus I don't think he can sing well at all and his song isn't anything special, coldplay and other british bands (with REAL british accents) do it 10times better.
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 9 years
he kind of reminded me of a Something Corporate type singer. I would probably listen to a CD of his songs but he was def not Idol-worthy.
outofhere outofhere 9 years
I couldn't get through too much of it before his voice started to grate on me. I also can't handle listening to the piano - it needs to be tuned in the worst way ;) Despite all of that, he seems like he has raw talent.
mcmommy mcmommy 9 years
i adore his voice but he needs to be trained up and disciplined a bit still
Cozy605a Cozy605a 9 years
that song was good! I loved it.
kristyrk kristyrk 9 years
Ugh. This kid rubs me the wrong way. His fake sporadic British accent, annoying "holier than thou" attitude and choosing to be homeless and then trying to cash in on it makes him beyond lame. But then again, thats the magic of Fox editing. . .
supertramp supertramp 9 years
PS: I do mean Heidi Montag
raieven raieven 9 years
he seemed kinda like Conor Oberst and sometimes it was a little to much like he was imitating but I did like him and am glad he's singing his own material, and not other peoples.
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