I became a fan of Joshua Radin when one of his tracks was featured on a particularly emotional episode of Scrubs that a lot of fans really connected with…

More on that later.

Photo credit: Minna Ýr Jóhannsdóttir

Anyway, Joshua is back with a new single – “This One’s For”, an acoustic number, his vocals are gorgeous on this, he sings huskily and the lyrics are about those who are a little different, it’s like a love song to his group of friends and family those that he relates to.

I love the drums and percussion on this too, the kick is heavy but there is a percussion loop that goes through that I love… you could just imagine this going down a storm live.

The lyric that I connect most with is:

“This is for the people who see the world a bit differently,

I always knew I was much more like you, 

And there was something about you that was me.”

Love it. 

Joshua Radin is a singer/songwriter that came to my attention through one of my favourite tv shows of all time, Scrubs. His song “Winter” was featured in a very emotionally charged episode and still resonates with fans today, I know this because of the fact that I’m part of a Facebook group dedicated to all things Scrubs and two of the main cast members podcast “Fake Doctors Real Friends”, it gets referenced a lot even after all these years. I have a lot of love for him, his songwriting just hits the spot.


Joshua Radin’s gorgeous new single, “This One’s For”, sees the singer-songwriter offering a love letter to close friends and family, who may not realise how much he thinks about them while he’s away on the road. “I wrote this song for all the people in my life, close friends and family, whom I love dearly, but because I’m a traveller by nature, I don’t see them as often as I’d like.” While the song captures a feeling of longing that’s universally felt, it was inspired by one particularly exciting night in Dublin, Ireland that left a lasting impression on Radin. He adds:

“Many years ago, I found myself on tour in Dublin,” Radin recalls. “After my performance, some of the loveliest Irish people brought me to a famous pub for drinks, as one does in most cities but especially in Dublin. After the pub closed, I was introduced to the concept of a ‘lock in,’ when the bar legally must close so they lock the front doors, but they keep serving drinks for those lucky enough to have been invited to stay and hang. We passed my guitar around all night, everyone playing songs. It was the first time I had ever played for people without a microphone, and I was forced to sing loudly, strum loudly, belt with a voice I never knew I had. This was a seminal evening for me. So I wanted this song to sound like me and my buddies were locked in a pub around 3am, drinking, playing songs, living life.”

This One’s For” follows the release of Radin’s latest EP, ‘though the world will tell me so, vol 1’, a breathtaking collection of songs that were inspired by his time on the road in 2022. Rather than wait for inspiration to strike, Radin seeks it out wherever possible. To that end, in the Autumn of 2022, he left his material existence in the rearview, grabbed a backpack, packed his guitar, picked up a pen and a pad, and sought new stories to tell. “I felt like I was going to live the life of a kid on a gap year after high school,” he smiles. “However, it has helped my writing and my soul. I feel so much freer.”

Travelling with nothing more than the essentials (and enough tools to be creative), Radin recorded ‘though the world will tell me so, vol 1’ in places such as Stockholm, Paris, and Lisbon. Tracks like the softly anthemic “I’m Just Different,” piano-laden “Broken,” and “Running from the Dawn” instantly reacted with audiences, as the EP generated over 2 million Spotify streams and counting. “Throughout the album, I’d say the common thread is this,” he elaborates. “For my entire life, I’ve felt like the world was telling me something which I didn’t necessarily agree with. I’ve always thought about how to do things a bit differently, whether it’s the way I wrote, recorded, or released this album or the way I’ve been living my life, it’s somewhat of a rebellion against the way the world says these things are supposed to be or happen”.

Recording enough material for an album in two parts, Radin will release its sequel ‘though the world will tell me so, vol 2’ on 23rd June 2023 via the Nettwerk label, with all 10 tracks from the project set to be available digitally and as a vinyl package.

Heading back out on the road in support of his latest work, Joshua Radin is gearing up for performances across the UK & Ireland in April. Fixtures are as follows:


12th April – London, UK @ O2 Academy Islington
14th April – Manchester, UK @ Factory 251
15th April – Glasgow, UK @ Broadcast
16th April – Dublin, Ireland @ Pepper Canister Church
17th April – Liverpool, UK @ PHASE ONE

Tickets for all shows are on sale now. For further details of the wider European tour head to:


Review by Del Osei-Owusu