Joel Strauss is a Canadian musician and artist based out of Fredericton, NB. He has received critical acclaim for crafting catchy, emotionally-engaging songs that blend indie folk, rock, and classic pop with a unique voice reminiscent of early Bob Dylan.
Joel has been featured on top music blogs such as Indie Rock Cafe who described his “wonderfully distinctive vocals” as “one of the best registers to come out of the Great White North.” He was the 2017 winner of the Hive Studios Songwriting Contest.
His 2020 5-track album “Cross The Desert” displays adept and poignant songwriting, percussive rhythm, and a gratifying performance.
"A voice that could stand out in crowds of thousands....
With his well-defined artistic goals and his plethora of musical talents to boot, Joel Strauss is bound to stay on the up-and-up, and Cross the Desert will serve that trajectory just as well as it serves the ears." - The East Mag
"One of the best registers to come out the Great White North." - Indie Rock Cafe, Best New Indie Music
"...The perfect storm, if you will, of talent, courage and musicianship. ...Music that touches the heart, body, and mind. Not many bands pull off this feat...
One of the most unique voices in the current indie scene."
- Soundlooks.com 2017 review
"The whole EP is fantastic to listen to from beginning to end, but the sort-of-title-track Vaudeville really piqued my curiosity and interest. The drum and bass rhythm gets you to nod your head or tap your toe as soon as the song begins. This rhythm is accentuated by Strauss' unique voice doing sonic acrobatics over top, climbing up and sliding down like a musical version of snakes and ladders." - Geyser Music
"I would drive down the street with it, put it on my iPad – I’m going to play it all day. As of a matter fact, I’m going to sneak it onto my son’s phone.”
- Middle Tennessee Music
“A really solid work by Strauss. There weren’t any songs that felt subpar and I was very pleased when I got to the end of the album.”
- The Equal Ground
“Really enjoyed listening to your work. You have crafted some remarkably fine music.”
- Kerry Leigh, singer/songwriter