OKC musician Justin Joslin channels faith, family for 'Shine a Light'

Okie musician Justin Joslin's sister was trapped on a doomed Carnival cruise ship.

Yeah, you read that right.

Drifting at sea for days, Joslin's sister sent text messages describing her nightmare vacation. The ship was without power and at night she'd pray for daylight to break.

That's the inspiration behind "Shine a Light," which I'm debuting below and can be found on Joslin's upcoming March 11 release "The River."

Although this incident occurred several years ago, it stuck with Joslin. It remains a reminder of hope for the Oklahoma-City based musician.

" 'Shine a Light' is all about trying to find your way to some form of home," Joslin said in an e-mail. "It's the belief that someday you will arrive somewhere that makes more sense than where you are. It's the desire to see some sort of a light at the end of the tunnel, some sort of hope in the darkness and something that reminds us where we are and that we aren't completely lost."

A lot of Joslin's sophomore album "The River" deals with the past and the lessons he's learned. The 11 tracks on "The River" also focus on faith, family and triumph over hardship. The full-length album is a bigger and more concentrated follow up to his 2011 EP "Roots."

Since then, Joslin has built his resume and shared stages with with Dawes, David Ramirez and Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors. You might recall Joslin played in Fresh Sunday in the early aughts and performed with Switchfoot, Lifehouse and Howie Day.


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