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Josh Ramsay
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Ramsay in 2010
Background information
Birth name Joshua Keeler Ramsay
Born (1985-06-11) June 11, 1985 (age 38)
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • Musician
  • singer-songwriter
  • producer
  • vocal coach
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • piano
  • bass guitar
  • drums
  • harmonica
  • violin
  • flugelhorn
Years active 1999–present
  • 604
  • Cherrytree
Associated acts

Joshua Keeler Ramsay (born June 11, 1985) is a Canadian singer, songwriter, producer, recording engineer, and multi-instrumentalist. He is best known for being the lead vocalist of the pop rock band Marianas Trench. He has produced and has written songs for a wide array of artists including Carly Rae Jepsen, Nickelback, Jessica Lee, Faber Drive, and Suzie McNeil.

Early life

Josh Ramsay was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, although he currently has dual citizenship in Canada and the United States. ..... 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). 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 settling on Marianas Trench.


Marianas Trench

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.

Ever After, the third studio album from Marianas Trench, went gold in its first week. The first single on the album, entitled "Haven't Had Enough" was released in July 2011, and reached the No. 1 spot on iTunes Canada Top of the Charts and Pop Downloads.

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". The story-theme album was recorded in Josh's home.

On March 1, 2019, their fifth album, Phantoms, was released, including singles such as "I Knew You When", "Only the Lonely Survive", and "Echoes of You". The band uses the idea of closely linked emotions attached to love and death throughout the album.

Songwriting and solo music

Ramsay plays 13 instruments, and often plays all of the instruments on the songs he produces for other artists. Ramsay was featured on the Carly Rae Jepsen song "Sour Candy" in 2008. He also worked on her song "Call Me Maybe" which was nominated for Song of the Year at the 2013 Grammy Awards, and "Hit Me Up" by Danny Fernandes. He released a non-album single with Emily Osment titled, "Hush" on May 10, 2011 and the song peaked at number 90 on the Canadian Hot 100. He also provided vocals for the opening theme song for The Hub's Transformers: Rescue Bots.

On April 8, 2022, he released a solo album titled The Josh Ramsay Show. It included features from other Canadian artists such as his sister Sara Ramsay, Ria Mae, Serena Ryder, and Fefe Dobson.

Personal life

On March 20, 2020, Ramsay posted a photo of himself and the Canadian actress-writer Amanda McEwan to his Instagram feed announcing their marriage.


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.


Year Album details
2022 The Josh Ramsay Show


As lead artist

List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Year Peak chart positions Album



"Baby Please Come Home" 2010 34 A 604 Records Christmas
"Hush" (with Emily Osment) 2011 90 36 non-album single
"We Should Be Friends" 2018
"Lady Mine" (with Chad Kroeger) 2021 47 The Josh Ramsay Show
"Best of Me"
(featuring Dallas Smith)
"Can't Give It Up"
(featuring Tyler Shaw)
"Perfect Mistake"
(featuring Ria Mae)
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

As featured artist

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 36 Tug of War
"Hit Me Up"
(Danny Fernandes featuring Josh Ramsay and Belly)
2011 22 22 13
  • CAN: Platinum
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Other appearances

Year Title Artist Album Notes
2000 "Always You" Brian "Hoot" Gibson Vocals
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
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
2020 "Lean On" ArtistsCAN Backing-vocal


Year Title Role Notes
2006 Kyle XY Performance with Marianas Trench Season 2 Episode 3 – "The List is Life"
2007 Social Code - "He Said, She Said" Baseball player Music Video
2007 Video on Trial Judge 2 episodes
2010 The Next Star Vocal Coach 4 episodes
2012 Born to Be: Marianas Trench Himself MuchMusic documentary
2012–2013 Today's Top 10 Co-Host 3 Episodes

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2013 Independent Music Awards Songwriter of the Year Himself Won
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