Upon finishing the songs from his fourth full-length album, Ash & Stone [NETTWERK], Joshua Hyslop often found himself in the throes of tears as he previewed the music to friends.
For the first time, the critically acclaimed Vancouver singer and songwriter turned his keen sense of empathy towards himself. “On previous records, I spent a lot of time writing from a place of empathy for other people’s issues. Instead, Ash & Stone was naturally my story. I reached a heightened level of vulnerability. When I showed these songs to anyone else, I’d have tears in my eyes while playing them, which had never happened to me before.” In many ways, he worked towards baring his soul at this point. He developed an unwavering and direct connection to listeners via hundreds of “House Shows” (cozy gigs at the homes of fans) in addition to high-profile tours across North America and Europe. At the same time, he remained prolific on three full-length albums—Where The Mountain Meets the Valley , In Deepest Blue , and Echos —and gathered over 200 million worldwide streams by 2020. Along the way, he garnered acclaim from the likes of American Songwriter, Earmilk, NPR, Exclaim!, and many more.