Joe McCready’s music has been likened to that of Jack Johnson, John Mayer, and others over time due to his mellow sound and unique voice. 28 years old, Joe has a gift for songwriting that has taken him as far away as Santa Monica, CA from his hometown of Fort Mill, SC. He has had the opportunity to play at several venues like the famous Rainbow Room (at the Rainbow Bar & Grill) in Hollywood, CA, and has opened for artists like Jonah Werner, Jason Reeves, and Colbie Caillat back home in South Carolina.
Like many musicians, Joe started playing in church, picking up guitar with three friends who all started playing in 2001. Writing came along with playing rather naturally and Joe’s craft was shaped predomninatly through the performing and writing of praise songs. After playing at a small coffee shop in Fort Mill his last year of high school, Joe ventured to the University of Auburn in 2005 for his first year of college. There he would play at a coffee shop and briefly broke into the bar scene, playing at places ilke Rooster’s and Quixote’s. At the end of his first year, he switched majors and transfered to Clemson University. A debut album, Simple Songs, was recorded during the summer of 2006, and was released in the fall of the same year. Due to a overload of new material and the encouragement of friends and family, a second record began to be constructed in the Spring of 2007, which would become the unique independent album, “On the Way to Washington”.
On the Way to Washington features a much vaster sonic landscape than Joe’s first independent release, and intentionally has an even mix of “secular” and Christian praise tracks. The two styles were combined in even/odd order to promote the idea that “music is music”; and also to stray from the traditional “genred album” concept (one genre per album). In its purest state, the album’s structure reflects its desired message: That Christianity should not just be something we do on Sunday morning; it should be intertwined in our everyday lives.
In 2009 an EP, Glad Eyes was released which featured exclusively praise music. The most different from Joe’s previous work, the album was a collection of songs after the digital only release of the “Blue Sky Summers” Single in 2008.
All of Joe’s music is available on iTunes and via major streaming services. A new full length album of songs compiled over the past 6 years began being recorded in 2015 and hopefully will be complete in the coming months!