We’ve seen all aspects of Joshua Ray Walker’s impressive songwriting abilities over the past few years.
From intertwining humor, to incredibly deep lyrics about personal life experiences, and even fictional stories that feel so real they make you feel like you’re inside a movie scene.
But Joshua Ray Walker is back at it once again, and this time, he’s spicing things up a little bit with something we’ve never seen from him before.
And by spicing it up, I mean he’s paying tribute to all of his favorite female singers and songwriters in his fourth studio album, What Is It Even?, which is slated to drop on August 4th.
The album will feature a number of stellar covers, such as Cher’s “Believe,” a grunge/country adaptation of Q Lazzarus’ “Goodbye Horses” (which I can’t hear without thinking about Silence of the Lambs, but I’m more than willing to give Walker’s version a shot), Sinead O’Connor’s “Nothing Compares To You,” Sia’s “Cheap Thrills,” Lizzo’s “Cuz I Love You,” and even a bluegrass adaptation of Beyoncé’s “Halo.”
I think we can all agree that those are great songs in their own rights, and I’m intrigued to see the unique spin Joshua Ray will put on each and every one of these hits.
Weighing on on why he decided to put this album together, he said:
“I just wanted to make something that was fun. I realized how influential female pop records and artists have been on me as a person, even more than in a creative sense.”