Sometimes, a guy can catch a break.
It’s a rare thing for a musician to go from part-time burrito maker to hopeful international superstar in the span of a week, but Josh Krajcik’s planets aligned this fall on reality TV singing competition The X Factor. Driven by his enthusiastic mother to Chicago for the show’s auditions, the 30-year-old Columbus songwriter turned Simon Cowell’s smug mug upside-down with a breathtaking rendition of Etta James’ “At Last.” Recalling Joe Cocker and Bob Seger in their glory days, Krajcik’s rich, soulful growl kept him in favor with the judges, and his Midwestern everydude charm captivated people around the world. Not the standard picture of a reality show star, his differences from the other contestants, and contestants on these programs in general, were thrown into sharp relief from day one. It was refreshing and inspiring to root for a shaggy-mopped Krajcik belting out classics like “Wild Horses” and “With A Little Help From My Friends” in true worthy underdog fashion.
(614) caught up with him before his near victory to chat about The X Factor experience and what motivates him as a musician.
Josh Krajcik Interview – 614 Magazine