Let 'Em Hear It
Since his birth in San Jose, California on July 11, 1977, music has always been Josh Romaine's passion. At nine months, Josh carried a portable radio around with him, dragging it from room to room, listening to music. By the age of five Josh was spending hours at a time mixing tapes with his friend Carlos. Driven at an early age to make music, who would have thought he would have come this far? In the spring of 1990, Josh and his mother moved to Washington State where his mother had taken a promotion. Josh finished middle school and continued his education at Richland High School where he was active in drama, wrestling and track, but his passion for lyrics and beats shined through. This created a connection with his English teacher, Mr. Bixby, who encouraged Josh to write what he was feeling on paper. When Josh would write, the words would come out as poetry, leaving his mom somewhat suspicious of his literary works. She would ask, \'are these really your words Josh?" amazed at his authorship. Josh graduated in 1995 from Richland High and hit the road to the big city of Seattle to pursue his life in music, but a call for help from his family brought him back to the Tri-Cities. In answering the call for help tragedy struck Josh in 1997 when he was left for dead on the streets of Kennewick. While attending a party, Josh fell out of favor with a fellow rapper for being White. The rapper proceeded to assault Josh to the point of unconsciousness, causing two frontal lobe hemorrhages, massive swelling and most tragically no speech pattern. At 3:45 in the morning Josh\'s mom received the call no mother would want to receive: Her son was seriously assaulted and she was needed at the hospital! Seeing her son beaten unconscious, lifeless, motionless and beyond the point of recognition, Liz Romaine summoned some friends of hers who were prayer warriors to hold vigil over Josh. Through pray and God\'s divine intervention Josh\'s slow but fruitful path to recovery began. Josh\'s belief in the power of prayer had made a broken man whole again. The recovery was a long process and the event changed his outlook on life. And from this turn of events, Josh decided to record Mortal Struggle his first album and his second album This is How we Roll. Even with these two successful and passion filled records, Josh\'s life was still left some-what empty, with lingering effects of self-doubt. In the fall of 2005, Josh thought all his hard work was finally going to pay dividends when he was given an offer by a major financial backer to finance Shua Records. He thought he had finally "arrived." However the joy was short lived due to everything from communication to politics. Thinking he had finally fulfilled his dreams, only to have it fall through was a tormenting ordeal for Josh. Visions of negativity and self-doubt began to consume Josh. In the end, Josh dealt with the adversity the only way he knew how...Josh pulled his car over and prayed. Through the comfort and guidance of Jesus Christ Josh realized that the first two albums he did were for himself, but the next one and the others that followed had to be done for the Glory of Jesus Christ. Josh had to create "Music with a Message", not songs about money, sex and drugs! This conclusion sent an overwhelming but comforting feeling from Josh\'s spine, to his soul. He now knew the reason and purpose for the God given gifts he had received. Through his music he could build a ministry. Shua Records Ministry could not only bring people to the Lord, but it could also make their lives better. With entertainment, testimony and charity work he could do the good he was so striving to achieve. With this revelation he had finally and unequivocally became Romaine... "Let'em Hear It" in stores now...
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