Josh Kumra (born 19 April 1991) is a British singer-songwriter, signed to Sony RCA.
In 2011, Kumra co-wrote and provided vocals for Tottenham-born rapper Wretch 32's highest charting single to date, "Don't Go", which reached number one in the official UK charts.
Early life and career beginnings Kumra grew up in a family home in Swindon, UK. Kumra is one-quarter Indian (his grandfather was from New Delhi) and started playing the guitar 12 years old, which naturally led to him teaching himself to sing. Kumra is a former student of The Academy of Music and Sound in Swindon.
In early 2011, Kumra moved from Swindon to London to pursue a career in music and in the first month, met Wretch 32 and together, they created the "Don’t Go" collaboration which went on to reach number one in the UK charts.
Due to the song's instant success, Kumra joined Wretch 32 to perform the song on one of the UK's only major music TV shows, Later With Jools Holland and at many of the summer's major festivals. Regarding his subsequent appearance at V Festival, he stated that it was one of his biggest highlights; "Me and Wretch performed Don’t Go on the same day that it went to number one. It was an incredible feeling; they had to take away the barriers in the tent we were playing in because it was just getting rammed as there were a couple thousand more people than there should’ve been in there."
2012-present: Good Things Come To Those Who Don't Wait
Following his success with Wretch 32, Kumra signed to Sony Records, releasing his debut solo effort on 15 July 2012. The single, 'Helicopters & Planes' had its video premiere on Vevo on 18 May. The track features Roc Nation rapper K Koke.
He has supported many artists, including Gabrielle Aplin and in late 2012, Kumra joined Nina Nesbitt on her tour as a support act - he also supported Lianne La Havas in early 2013. In April 2013, he supported OneRepublic on their European tour.
His debut album 'Good Things Come To Those Who Don't Wait' was released on 22 April 2013, featuring songwriting and production collaborations with Fink, Emeli Sandé, Naughty Boy and Mr Hudson.
“We didn’t have a brief, we just did what we wanted,” says Josh. “We had total freedom to mix up soul, blues and gospel songwriting, sometimes with big hip hop beats. But there’s no production for the sake of it. And ultimately it comes down to me, the bedroom singer-songwriter with a guitar in my hand. That’s what I wanted to come across.” The album is, he considers, “about my journey, which might sound clichéd, but it’s true. The songs are about me, but also about things I’ve observed. They’re love songs, mainly.”
Kumra cites Tracy Chapman's self-titled album, The Rolling Stones and Experience by Jimi Hendrix as his three most influential albums whilst growing up.
He describes his sound as "kind of ‘singer-songwrity’".
|Good Things Come To Those Who Don't Wait||
|iTunes Festival: London 2012||
|2012||"Helicopters & Planes"
(featuring K Koke)
|2013||"Waiting For You"||Good Things Come To Those Who Don't Wait|
As featured artist
|Year||Title||Peak chart positions||Album|
(Wretch 32 featuring Josh Kumra)
|1||Black and White|