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Joshua Ramsay[1] is a Canadian singer, songwriter, producer, recording engineer, actor, and the lead vocalist of pop rock band Marianas Trench.[2]

Josh Ramsay
Background information
Birth nameJoshua Ramsay
BornJune 11th, 1985
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
OriginVancouver, British Columbia, Canada
GenresPop punk, pop rock, emo, alternative rock, progressive rock, symphonic rock, pop
Occupation(s)Musician, singer-songwriter, producer, actor, vocal coach
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, piano, bass guitar, drums, harmonica, violin, flugelhorn
Years active1999–present
Labels604, Cherrytree
Associated actsMarianas Trench, Carly Rae Jepsen, Danny Fernandes, Emily Osment, Faber Drive, Down With Webster, Suzie McNeil, Jessica Lee, Anami Vice, Nickelback, Girlicious, ByStarlight, 5 Seconds of Summer, Matt Webb, Lights


Early lifeEdit

Josh Ramsay was born on June 11th, 1985 in Vancouver, BC. He went to high school at Magee Secondary School which he was later expelled from following his heroin addiction.[3][4] He has dual citizenship in the US and Canada. He grew up in a family filled with music, where his mother was a vocal teacher and his father owned a recording studio (Little Mountain Sound Studios).[5] Ramsay inherited that love of music by initially starting his own solo career at the age of 14. He decided later that he needed a supporting band. Ramsay got together with his sister, Sara Ramsay and formed the band Ramsay Fiction. After ultimately not working out, Ramsay joined high school friend Matt Webb in hopes of creating a new band. They found Ian Casselman in an ad in the newspaper, who introduced them to Mike Ayley, Ian's roommate at the time. The four members went through many names before finally setting on Marianas Trench.

Marianas Trench and work as a songwriter and producerEdit

Ramsay formed the band Marianas Trench in 2001 and released their first self-titled EP, which contained songs that would appear on their limited edition video single, the Say Anything EP, their second EP Marianas Trench, and debut album Fix Me. The band later signed with 604 Records, through the assistance of owner Chad Kroeger and co-owner Jonathan Simkin.

He is also a successful producer and a songwriter for a wide array of artists including Carly Rae Jepsen, Nickelback, 5 Seconds of Summer, Simple Plan, Faber Drive, and Emily Osment. Josh plays 13 instruments, and often plays all of the instruments on the songs he produces for other artists. Josh Ramsay was featured on the Carly Rae Jepsen song "Sour Candy" in 2008.

Some of his most successful works include "Call Me Maybe" by Carly Rae Jepsen, which was nominated for Song of the Year at the 2013 Grammy Awards; "Hit Me Up" by Danny Fernandes; and "Fallout" and "Haven't Had Enough", the latter two by Ramsay's own Marianas Trench.

Ever After, the third studio album from Marianas Trench, went gold in its first week.

He provided vocals for the opening theme song for The Hub's Transformers: Rescue Bots.

On April 22, 2013, at the annual Juno Awards, Marianas Trench won the 2013 Juno Award for Group of the Year.

On October 23, 2015, their fourth album, Astoria, was released. This album includes the singles "One Love", "This Means War", "Who Do You Love", "Shut Up and Kiss Me", and "Astoria". In 2017, they released "Rhythm of Your Heart."

On March 1st, 2019, their third album, Phantoms, was released, including singles such as "I Knew You When", "Only The Lonely Survive", and "Glimmer."


The discography of Marianas Trench, a Canadian pop rock band, consists of four studio albums, two extended plays, 18 singles and 18 music videos. The band have been certified multi-platinum by Music Canada for their CD and digital download sales.


List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"Hush" (with Emily Osment) 2011 90 non-album singles
"We Should Be Friends" 2018

Featured singlesEdit

List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Year Peak chart positions Certification Album
"Sour Candy"
(Carly Rae Jepsen featuring Josh Ramsay)
2009 Tug of War
"Hit Me Up"
(Danny Fernandes featuring Josh Ramsay and Belly)
2011 22
  • CAN: Platinum[7]

Other appearancesEdit

Year Title Artist Album Notes
2002 "Beautiful Blue" Holly McNarland Home Is Where My Feet Are Backing-vocal
2009 "Give Him Up" Faber Drive Can't Keep A Secret Songwriter
2010 "Wavin' Flag" Young Artists for Haiti Backing-vocal
"Witness" Jakalope Things That Go Jump In The Night Songwriter and backing-vocal
"Hate Love" Girlicious Rebuilt Songwriter and producer
2011 "Passenger Window" Melissa Rae Barrie Breakaway Songwriter and producer, drums, guitar, bass, keyboards, backing vocals
"Call Me Maybe" Carly Rae Jepsen Curiosity Songwriter and producer, guitars, bass, backing vocals
"Landslide" Matt Webb Coda and Jacket Songwriter, producer, mixer, programmer, drummer
"Stage I Remember" Songwriter, producer, backing-vocal, mixer, programmer, drummer
2012 "Guitar String / Wedding Ring" Carly Rae Jepsen Kiss Songwriter and producer
"Drama Queen" Suzie McNeil Dear Love Songwriter and producer
"Tough Love (featuring Anami Vice)"
"Take Your Shirt Off" Anami Vice Are You Serious Producer
"Here's to the Times" By Starlight Antics Producer
2013 "Save Your Breath" Jessica Lee "Carried Away" Songwriter and producer
"Stop and Go"
2014 "Satellite" Nickelback "No Fixed Address" Songwriter, backing vocals
"She Keeps Me Up" Songwriter, backing vocals, guitar
2015 "Story of Another Us" 5 Seconds of Summer Sounds Good Feels Good Songwriter


Year Title Role Notes
2006 Kyle XY Henry Smiter Guest appearance in Season 2 Episode 3 – The List is Life
2007 Social Code He Said She Said Actor Music Video
2007 Video on Trial Judge 2 episodes
2010 The Next Star Vocal Coach 4 episodes
2012–2013 Today's Top 10 Co-Host 3 Episodes


  1. ^ American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. "Call Me Maybe". ACE Repertory. Retrieved 22 March 2017.
  2. ^ Stevenson, Jane (February 8, 2012), "Trench singer has music in DNA", London Free Press. Retrieved April 13, 2012.
  3. ^ Yasmar, Hsoj (2016-01-27). "heroin addiction. RT @Leigh553: did you get kicked out of high school for doing something or for the amount of time you missed?". @JoshRamsay. Retrieved 2019-06-21.
  4. ^ Yasmar, Hsoj (2011-04-16). "just saw pages of comments discussing whether or not I had finished highschool. Let me answer: No I didn't. I was expelled because of drugs". @JoshRamsay. Retrieved 2019-06-21.
  5. ^ The JUNO Awards (2016-04-05), Josh Ramsay Backstage at The 2016 JUNO Awards, retrieved 2019-06-21
  6. ^ a b "Josh Ramsay Chart History: Canadian Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved 2019-04-15.
  7. ^ "Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA): Gold & Platinum – January 2005". Archived from the original on 2011-08-26. Retrieved 2011-12-06.

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