It’s a love song gone wrong for Kitchener/Waterloo singer-songwriter and multi-talented artist Joshua Sade James in his new single All Fall Down — showcasing today on Tinnitist.
Fresh from his forthcoming sophomore album release JSJ — slated for June — All Fall Down was written about mistrust, dishonesty, and miscommunication in a relationship. “Without these core attributes enforced by love, we all fall down,” he explains.
First written about three years ago, the song’s bittersweet inspiration was related to a relationship and breakup he’d had while in college. “It allowed me to do a lot of self-reflection. I wrote the song after the second time we broke up, and just got to think about how truly toxic we were towards each other.
“There was cheating, there was manipulation, there was just a lot of baggage neither of us knew how to get rid of. We just sort of gave it to each other because it was easier than being alone. It was interesting to shoot this video with a current love interest when it’s actually about a previous one. When writing or hearing the song in my head, I wanted this song to be like if a sad, old clown got drunk, broke into the old carnival where he used to work, and started up the merry-go-round, only for it to not fully work. I think I achieved that in both the song and the video. It was a blessing to shoot this with Sagi and my good friend Esther,” James adds of director Sagi Kahane-Rapport and actor Esther Vlessing.
Hailing from the Kitchener/Waterloo area — with country artist Jamie Warren for a dad — James has been featured coast to coast. He’s played Pepper in Mamma Mia! in Newfoundland, competed in The Calgary Stampede’s Talent Search, entered the Ontario Western Fair’s Rise2Fame, taken part in P.E.I.’s Charlottetown Festival and more. In addition to his extensive performing and recording work, James is an active advocate for mental health rights and proud member of the LGBTQIA+ community.