Music is part of everyone’s lives to varying degrees. Most people listen casually, and some are so drawn to the beauty and power of music that they choose to dedicate their lives to it, playing, writing, and creating music that others can enjoy. Didda Joe, an Indianapolis native, is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer ushering in a new wave of R&B. According to him, music is in his blood.
Didda Joe was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, into a musically inclined family. His mother was a singer, and his father was a musician. His parents’ passion for music shaped Didda Joe’s childhood. “Growing up, I was always exposed to music,” he says. Eventually, he learned to play the drums, piano, and bass. When asked, the singer shares that the guitar is his favorite instrument to play.
Didda Joe’s music has been described as nostalgic, edgy, driving, and soulfully smooth. His take on R&B is reminiscent of Prince and D’Angelo mixed with Jimi Hendrix, John Mayer, and Nirvana. His current collaborations with Grammy-nominated producer Ayo aims to create a modern reincarnation of the magical soul of 90s R&B. The result is a young, fresh, and sultry twist on a nostalgic era of music.
This successful musician’s live shows are full of energy. Didda Joe possesses an unforgettable stage presence that draws in his audiences and brings a fresh feel to live music. His performances are powerful and give a new dimension to R&B, rock, pop, and soul genres.
Aside from a singing career that is steadily gaining more success and attention, Didda Joe is also an accomplished producer and writer. He writes the majority of his songs, recording and mixing them as well. Didda Joe’s compositions have also been featured in a few television shows, such as VH1’s Love and Hip Hop and WE TV’s Growing Up Hip Hop. He has also worked with various artists such as Master P, Shafiq Husayn, Columbus Short, and fellow Indiana native Ro James.
“I have always been inspired by great musicians like Michael Jackson, Prince, Lenny Kravitz, and Jimi Hendrix,” Didda Joe shares, “I admire how they strived for individuality and growth.” In his opinion, today’s music is saturated with digital sounds. “I want to bring back live music that touches something in people’s souls when they hear it,” Didda Joe says.
This talented singer may draw inspiration from great artists that came before him, but he believes in being true to himself and his voice. Didda Joe knows that his unique style helps him shine and reminds other creatives to shine in their unique way.
His career has taken Didda Joe on a wonderfully creative journey. “Someday, I hope I’m in a position where I can help others reach their success,” Didda Joe says. “I want other aspiring musicians to know that they should embrace the qualities that make them unique.”
This singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer has done so much to usher in a new wave of R&B and hip-hop. When asked for his advice to emerging artists, Didda Joe says, “Never give up on the path to being greater, and don’t be afraid to show your true self.”
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