Published on September 7th, 2022 | by richvongod0
America’s Got Talent Players Choir Member Joe Barksdale, Announces New Album ‘Yours Truly’
A member of the viral ‘Players Choir’ from “America’s Got Talent”, Joe Barksdale has just released his newest album, “Yours Truly” today on all streaming platforms. With the success of his latest single, “My Angel” being awarded the “Best of North America” Blues Category for the InterContinental Music Awards, fans can anticipate a range of unique satisfying sounds featuring Barksdale’s smooth vocals and genre fusing style. The album boasts 16 tracks blending blues, soul, jazz, and rock, with Barksdale handling guitar, electronic drums, and lead vocals. “I’m very excited about this album release. For me, it’s a lighthouse in the darkness so that I, and the people like me, can find our way home. It’s the most honest I’ve ever been about not just my art but my life in general, especially track #1.”
Barksdale recently appeared on the hit tv show “America’s Got Talent” with the NFL Players Choir. The choir, composed of current and former NFL Players had audiences and celebrities like Justin Timberlake praising their performance of “Can’t Stop The Feeling”. Barksdale has been diagnosed with autism and for the past few years been a huge advocate for mental health awareness. In interviews he has also mentioned how music has been a safe place to express his feelings. He says, “I’m very excited about this album release. I know that people don’t know the whole story, but I REALLY had to fight everyday during 2020 to not kill myself after leaving the NFL to pursue music – just for a pandemic to shut those plans down. He continues, “I thought that I made a mistake. I talked crazy to myself constantly. On top of all that I never stopped hating myself from childhood. This album, for me, is a lighthouse in the darkness so that I, and the people like me, can find our way home. Or at the very least know what direction to go in.
Ready for a change and inspired by his mentor, the late Kobe Bryant, Joe Barksdale left the NFL in 2018 to find his true passion. What he found instead, was the acknowledgement of his declining mental state and an unexpected adult diagnosis of high functioning autism. Since then, Joe’s journey has been one of self discovery, empowerment through self awareness and exploration in an array of creative outlets including music, comedy, tech and more. Self described as “artistic, artistic and hilarious”, Joe is making an impact as a vocal advocate for mental health and champion of autism awareness. He has released several albums, and is currently celebrating the release of his latest single “Who Loves You Baby”. When he’s not making music, he can be found taking acting lessons and testing out jokes as a budding comedian. Joe is truly a “jack of all trades” who carries great energy and a lovable personality.
To learn more about Joe Barksdale, visit https://www.joebarksdale.com/. The album will be available on all streaming platforms.