Josh Kiszka is the lead singer and founding member of the band Greta van Fleet (some publications say Grant van Fleet). He founded the band with his identical twin brother, Jake. He is best known for his hit song Highway Tune and others, and his younger brother Sam is also in the band. Their song Highway Tune was once used in the hit show on Showtime called Shameless, and they have produced other hits as well.
Getting His Start
Kiszka was born on April 23, 1996, in Michigan, and has brown hair and brown eyes. At a very early age, he showed an interest in music, always singing and playing his toy guitar for other family members. His brother Jake was usually right by his side, and they began this interest in preschool. There are some inconsistencies in reports that mention his height, which some publications claim is 5’ 3” and others saying it is 5’ 9”.
Throughout his childhood, Kiszka and his three brothers were exposed to music, literature, and film, and Kiszka still claims to be intensely interested in the movie business. His parents took the family on skiing trips every year, and it was there that they would each grab an instrument and play along together. Even today, Kiszka loves to write, shoot, direct, and edit all of their music videos, and he even starred in a local production of Willy Wonka in 2013 in Michigan.
Kiszka names many influential musicians that he claims inspired him as he was growing up, including Keith Richards, John Lee Hooker, John Denver, Joe Cocker, and Eric Clapton, among others. The band is often compared to Led Zeppelin, and Zeppelin’s singer Robert Plant was even quoted as saying that Greta van Fleet is a talented and up-and-coming band in today’s music world.
The band was formed in Frankenmuth, Michigan in 2012, and along with brothers Josh, Jake, and Sam, it also includes Danny Wagner, who is the drummer. They were signed by Lava Records in March 2017, and their debut album is titled Black Smoke Rising. The guys knew a young lady in Frankenmuth named Greta van Fleet, and the band altered the name to get the name for their band.
Greta van Fleet made their television debut on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, where they performed the first song off of their upcoming debut album. The song was called When the Curtain Falls.
Success Comes Early
Since their signing with Lava Records, the band has been very successful. They have won three major awards: the Loudwire Music Award for Best New Artist in 2017, a Grammy award for Best Rock Album for their album From the Fires in 2019, and an iHeart Radio Music award for Rock Song of the Year, for the song Safari Song in 2019. They have also been nominated for three other awards: Grammy awards for Best New Artist, Best Rock Performance, and Best Rock Song, all in 2019.
Greta van Fleet’s music has been labeled both hard rock and blues rock, but the four band members’ original bond was due to blues music, which each of them picked up from their parents’ vinyl collection. In early 2019, the band appeared as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live, and they released their third single, Lover, Leaver, in May of 2019.
One of the most interesting aspects of Kiszka’s voice is that it has a very powerful and soulful range. Kiszka claims that no auto tunes or backing tracks are used in concert or their recordings, and he worked hard and long to get the sound he was hoping for. He is a truly talented individual who continuously challenges himself because he wants his voice to be even better in the future. He also wants to expand his range even more.
Social Media Presence
Josh Kiszka has a presence on many social media outlets, including Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. His Instagram account has over 100,000 followers, as does his Twitter account. In addition, the band has a YouTube account that boasts around 10 million viewers. Kiszka’s current net worth is estimated to be around $1 million.
On his Twitter account, Kiszka posts a lot of photos of himself performing with the band. In addition to many people claiming he sounds a lot like Robert Plant, the photographs show that he can clearly look like Plant as well. He also has photographs of nature and pictures of himself, both at his home and out and about in the community.
Other Facts and Details
Josh Kiszka especially loves to write, and he considers himself a writer before anything else. He writes all of the band’s songs, and these days they also do a lot of songs from the late 60s to the 70s. Although their live performances haven’t always received the best reviews from critics, the fans seem to love this group.
The band’s website contains all of the information you need to know about them, and it includes photographs, videos, tour details, a merchandise store, and information on how to contact the band. You can purchase tickets for their closest performance, look at videos you might’ve missed, and buy a t-shirt without leaving your computer, because the site is just that good.
Josh Kiszka was born to perform, and his band has had extraordinary success during the short time they’ve been on the scene. Luckily for them, this winning streak doesn’t seem like it’s going to fade anytime soon.