Josh Ramsay

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Josh Ramsay
Josh Ramsay 2010.jpg
Ramsay at the Ottawa Bluesfest in 2010
Background information
Birth name Joshua Ramsay
Born Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Origin Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Genres Pop punk, pop rock, emo, alternative rock, progressive rock
Occupation(s) Musician, singer-songwriter, producer, actor, vocal coach
Instruments Vocals, guitar, piano, bass guitar, drums, harmonica, violin, flugelhorn
Years active 1999–present

604 Records,

Cherrytree Records
Associated acts Marianas 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

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

Early life[edit]

Josh Ramsay went to high school at Magee Secondary School. He has dual citizenship in the US and Canada. He grew up in a family filled with music. His mother was a vocal teacher and his father owned a recording studio. 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 found two local musicians, Trevor Spilchen and Steve Marshall. Ramsay found the drummer, Ian Casselman, in a wanted ad in The Georgia Straight. They formed a band called Ramsay Fiction.

Ramsay and Webb had to search for new band members after Ramsay Fiction didn't work out. Ian was later a help in finding the bassist, Mike Ayley, as they had previously been in a band together. The four members formed the band named Fix Me to represent the struggles that Josh had experienced throughout high school, which was later changed to Marianas Trench and the name Fix Me was used as the title for the first album.[3]

Nearing the end of his high school years, Ramsay developed an addiction to heroin. In previous years, he had struggled with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and depression. He had begun to self-harm at around the age of 13.[4] Due to his drug addiction, Ramsay was kicked out of his high school.[5] He entered rehab, where he wrote several songs, such as Lover Dearest (originally a letter about his addiction), and Say Anything.

Marianas Trench[edit]

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. Ramsay works primarily out of "The Umbrella Factory," a studio he himself owns in Vancouver, BC. Josh plays 13 instruments, and often plays all of the instruments on the songs he produces for other artists.

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, "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.

In December 2012, it was announced that Ramsay was nominated for a 2013 Grammy Award for Song of the Year for co-writing Call Me Maybe with Carly Rae Jepsen and Tavish Crowe. Josh Ramsay also is featured in another Carly Rae Jepsen song called: Sour Candy.

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", & "Astoria".


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 single

Featured singles[edit]

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 & Belly)
2011 22
  • CAN: Platinum[8]

Other appearances[edit]

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
"Heres 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. ^ "Josh Ramsay (Marianas Trench)". Evertune. Retrieved 14 October 2014. 
  4. ^ ""Josh Ramsay on Mental Health"". Josh Ramsay. Retrieved 21 February 2015. 
  5. ^ "Here's To The Zeros". Mariana's Trench. Retrieved 21 February 2015. 
  6. ^ "Emily Osment: Canadian Hot 100 – Album & Song Chart History". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2011-01-27. 
  7. ^ "Emily Osment: Canadian Hot 100 – Album & Song Chart History". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2011-01-27. 
  8. ^ "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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