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Tyler Joseph
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Joseph performing with Twenty One Pilots in Munich, Germany in 2016
Born Tyler Robert Joseph
(1988-12-01) December 1, 1988 (age 29)
Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • multi-instrumentalist
  • record producer
  • rapper
Years active 2007–present
  • Jenna Black (m. 2015)
Musical career
  • Vocals
  • piano
  • keyboards
  • synthesizers
  • ukulele
  • bass
Labels Fueled by Ramen
Associated acts

Tyler Robert Joseph (born December 1, 1988)[8] is an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and rapper.[9] He is the lead vocalist for the musical duo Twenty One Pilots, alongside drummer Josh Dun.

Early life

Joseph was born in Columbus, Ohio, and grew up with two brothers, Zachary Philip "Zack" Joseph (also a singer) and Jay Thomas Joseph, and one sister, Madison Grace Brett. His mother, Kelly Joseph (neé Stryker), was a math teacher in the Olentangy school district[10] before being named Olentangy Orange High School's basketball coach in 2013.[11] His father, Christopher Anthony "Chris" Joseph, was also a coach at Worthington Christian High School from 1996 to 2005,[11] and is a school principal.

Joseph played basketball from a very young age[12] and went on to play point guard for Worthington Christian.[13][14] In 2008, the varsity basketball team placed second in the Division IV state tournament.[10] Thomas also played on the team with Joseph, the pair having performed the National Anthem at one of their games.[15][16]

From 2007 to 2013, Joseph uploaded short skits to a YouTube channel called "slushieguys".[17]

After seeing a songwriter perform at a High Street club, he rejected an opportunity to play basketball at Otterbein University, along with a scholarship to the university.[10][12] and began playing music after finding an old keyboard in his closet, a Christmas gift from his mother, and mimicking radio melodies.[10][18][19] From around 2007 to 2008, Joseph recorded a solo album entitled No Phun Intended in his basement. It was later revealed that Thomas contributed guitar to a couple songs on the album.[20]

Among Joseph's first performances with Twenty One Pilots, he recounts that his mother would stand outside of Ohio State University giving away tickets to his shows. "She'd be like, 'Come see my son play music,'" Joseph says.[21]


Twenty One Pilots

Twenty One Pilots at Brixton Academy, London in February 2016

Twenty One Pilots was formed in 2009 in Columbus, Ohio and consisted of lead Tyler Joseph, bassist Nick Thomas, and drummer Chris Salih.[22][23][10]

On December 29, 2009, they released their debut, self-titled album and began touring Ohio, which was followed by their second album, Regional at Best in 2011, which consisted only of Joseph and drummer Josh Dun.[24]

Twenty One Pilots' third album, Vessel, was released on January 8, 2013.[24][25] They also embarked on a tour in support of the album, in which they named "Quiet Is Violent Tour".[26]

The band's fourth album, Blurryface, was released on May 17, 2015, two days ahead of its intended release date.[27] Joseph and drummer Josh Dun embarked on two international tours in 2015 and 2016: the Blurryface Tour and Emotional Roadshow World Tour.[28]

At the 59th Annual Grammy Awards, the duo won the award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.[29][30][31]

Other ventures

Joseph has had a solo project where he released an album entitled No Phun Intended. The release is still available for listening purposes on his PureVolume account.[32] The album was recorded in Joseph's senior year of high school, from 2007–2008, in his basement.[33] The song "Save", off the release, was redone and released as a free download for some time on Twenty One Pilots' official website before it was then pulled.[34] A song entitled "Whisper" from his solo career has also been released on the internet.[35][36]

Joseph performing in his signature skeleton tracksuit

In 2010, Joseph was featured in the song "Live" by the Christian rapper Joseph Michael Langston (better known by his stage name Jocef, or sometimes as Jocef Michael), who is a friend of Joseph from college, along with two other rappers, Juda and Alon. The song is the opening track to Jocef's debut album, In Search Of: L.O.V.E.[37][38] The track was co-written by Tyler Joseph and Jocef.[39] Jocef eventually returned the favor a year later by being featured on the song "Be Concerned" off of Twenty One Pilots' 2011 album Regional at Best.[40]

In 2011, Joseph was also the lead star in Five14 Church's three episode mockumentary entitled "The (moderately inspiring tale of the) Longboard Rodeo Tango".[41][42][43] According to the mockumentary, Joseph was an intern at the church at the time.

In 2012, Joseph was featured in an internet-use awareness video entitled "What's Your Story?" by Mark C. Eshleman (the producer of many Twenty One Pilots music videos) for an annual contest put on by Trend Micro, also called What's Your Story?[44][45] The room used in the video is the same room in which the original music video for "House of Gold" was filmed.[46]

On December 24, 2013, Christmas Eve, Joseph participated and sang "O come, O come, Emmanuel" at Five14 Church's Christmas With the Stars in New Albany, Ohio. The official video of the performance was uploaded to YouTube on February 14, 2014.[47] He also performed a magic segment with the church's host and emcee, David McCreary for the show.[48][49]

Joseph has also contributed to a few tracks for Five14 Church's worship album Clear by the gospel band New Albany Music leaded by Travis Whittaker "Whittaker".[50] Joseph appears on four tracks out of thirteen in total. Additionally, another single was recorded called "Dead Come Alive".[51]

Joseph performing at the Austin City Limits Music Festival on October 10, 2015

In December 2014, Joseph contributed backing vocals to the song "Sickly Sweet Holidays" by Dallon Weekes of Panic! at the Disco.[52][53]

Personal life

He married Jenna Elizabeth Black on March 28, 2015, after becoming engaged on July 8, 2014.[54][55]

Joseph is a practicing Christian[56][57] and his faith influences the music he writes. He was homeschooled in his childhood.[12] His first real exposure to music was the Christian hip hop group DC Talk.[58]

Joseph has a three-part tattoo that represents "something that saved his life".[59] Though it is assumed it deals with his Christian faith, Joseph has been specific about the fact that he doesn't want the meaning of his tattoos spread across the internet.[60] However, he has stated a few times that he is willing to tell people one-on-one if they decide to ask him in person.[59]

Both Joseph and Twenty One Pilots drummer, Josh Dun also have an "X" tattoo on their body symbolizing their dedication to their hometown fans in Columbus, Ohio. They received it on stage during their hometown show at the Lifestyle Communities Pavilion on April 26, 2013.[61][62] Joseph's is located on his right bicep and Dun's is located on his neck behind his right ear.[63]


As solo artist

Title Album details
No Phun Intended[32]
  • Released: 2008
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Listen only

Twenty One Pilots

Awards and nominations

Year Ceremony Award Nominated Result Ref.
2017 Grammy Awards Record of the Year "Stressed Out" (as performer and producer) Nominated [64]
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance "Stressed Out" (as performer) Won
Best Rock Performance "Heathens" (as performer) Nominated
Best Rock Song "Heathens" (as songwriter) Nominated
Best Song Written for Visual Media Nominated

See also


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  11. ^ a b "Joseph named coach at Orange". ThisWeek Sports. June 11, 2013. Retrieved July 24, 2014. 
  12. ^ a b c "Alternative Press: Shooting Hoops with Twenty One Pilots". YouTube. Retrieved June 27, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Worthington Christian High School: The Light 2011 Newsletter" (PDF). p. 12. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 16, 2014. Retrieved July 2, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Tyler Joseph and Nick Thomas National Anthem senior night". YouTube. Retrieved July 1, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Tyler Joseph and Nick Thomas National Anthem senior night". 
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  17. ^ "slushieguys". 
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  19. ^ "MessiahPulse Interview: Twenty One Pilots". YouTube. Retrieved June 27, 2014. 
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  29. ^ "Twenty One Pilots". The Recording Academy. Retrieved October 16, 2017. 
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  31. ^ "Grammys 2017: The complete list of winners". Usa Today. Retrieved October 16, 2017. 
  32. ^ a b "Tyler Joseph's No Phun Intended on PureVolume". PureVolume. Retrieved June 26, 2014. 
  33. ^ "YouTube comment by Joseph's mother". YouTube. Retrieved July 1, 2014. These songs were written in my basement in 2007–08, Tyler's senior year in high school. 
  34. ^ ""Save" (New version) on YouTube". YouTube. Retrieved June 18, 2014. 
  35. ^ ""Whisper" on YouTube". YouTube. Retrieved July 13, 2014. 
  36. ^ ""Whisper" on SoundCloud". SoundCloud. Retrieved July 13, 2014. 
  37. ^ "In Search Of: L.O.V.E on iTunes". iTunes. Retrieved June 26, 2014. 
  38. ^ ""Live" – Jocef (feat. Juda, Alon, & Tyler Joseph)". YouTube. Retrieved July 1, 2014. 
  39. ^ "In Search of L.O.V.E on Allmusic". AllMusic. Retrieved June 26, 2014. 
  40. ^ G, Ryan (May 27, 2012). "Review: twenty | one | pilots – Regional at Best (2011)". Mezzic. Retrieved August 22, 2016. 
  41. ^ "The (moderately inspiring tale of the) Longboard Rodeo Tango Episode 1". YouTube. Retrieved July 27, 2014. 
  42. ^ "The (moderately inspiring tale of the) Longboard Rodeo Tango Episode 2". YouTube. Retrieved July 27, 2014. 
  43. ^ "The (moderately inspiring tale of the) Longboard Rodeo Tango Episode 3". YouTube. Retrieved July 27, 2014. 
  44. ^ ""Where Are You?" by Mark C. Eshleman, featuring Tyler Joseph". Retrieved June 26, 2014. 
  45. ^ "What's Your Story" – "Where are you?" on YouTube". YouTube. Retrieved July 1, 2014. 
  46. ^ "Twenty One Pilots: House of Gold (Original Music Video)". YouTube. Retrieved July 1, 2014. 
  47. ^ "Tyler Joseph performs "O come, O come, Emmanuel" at Five14 Church, OH on Christmas Eve". YouTube. Retrieved June 17, 2014. 
  48. ^ "Magic with David McCreary and Tyler Joseph". YouTube. Retrieved June 18, 2014. 
  49. ^ "Five14 Church staff". Retrieved July 12, 2014. 
  50. ^ "New Albany Church music". Archived from the original on April 15, 2014. Retrieved July 15, 2014. 
  51. ^ "Tyler working out his part for new song 'INSTANT'". Facebook. Retrieved July 15, 2014. 
  52. ^ Sharp, Tyler. "Panic! At The Disco, Falling In Reverse members team up for Christmas song". Alternative Press. Retrieved January 5, 2016. 
  53. ^ "Dallon Weekes: Sickly Sweet Holidays". Bandcamp. Retrieved January 12, 2016. 
  54. ^ "Twenty One Pilots Frontman Gets Engaged!". Radio 104.5. Retrieved July 8, 2014. 
  55. ^ "Twenty One Pilots' Tyler Joseph Got Married!". Radio 104.5. March 28, 2015. Retrieved March 30, 2015. 
  56. ^ "Warrior News Winter 2012–13" (PDF). Worthington Christian High School. December 22, 2012. Retrieved June 27, 2014. Joseph and Dun are both graduates of Christian schools, but their act isn't religious. 
  57. ^ "Twenty One Pilots: Masters of the Culture of Encounter". Word of Fire. January 7, 2014. Retrieved June 27, 2014. Twenty One Pilots is not a Christian band, but Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun are both believers. 
  58. ^ "FaceCulture: Twenty One Pilots Interview – Tyler (part 1)". YouTube. Retrieved June 26, 2014. 
  59. ^ a b "PSA: about Tyler Joseph's tattoos". Tumblr. Retrieved July 2, 2014. 
  60. ^ "'I'm the ice cream, he's the cake. You get the whole thing with us': an interview with Twenty One Pilots". Retrieved July 2, 2014. We don't really like to answer it in interviews because it's meant to be more one-on-one. So if you would turn your phone off we'd be happy to answer it. 
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  62. ^ "Billy Hill's Tattoo TV Special – Tattooing 21 Pilots on Stage During Home Town Show". YouTube. Retrieved July 1, 2014. 
  63. ^ "Twenty One Pilots Show Off Their Favorite Tattoos". Retrieved July 2, 2014. 
  64. ^ "59th Annual Grammy Awards Nominees". The Recording Academy. Retrieved 6 December 2016. 

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