Joshua Gracin was born on October 18, 1980 and was raised in Westland, Michigan. He is inclined toward country music, having been heavily influenced in high school by country artist Garth Brooks. After high school, he served for the Marine Corps and later found himself working as a supply clerk at Camp Pendleton. He was living in Oceanside, Califonia before he auditioned for season 2 of American Idol. His other musical talents include playing the piano, saxophone and guitar. He is happily married with two daughters and one son. He enjoys listening to Rascall Flatts and Garth Brooks and doesn't mind listening to American Idol judge Simon's brutally honest criticisms.
He auditioned for season 2 of American Idol and impressed the judges with singing prowess. He received a golden ticket to Hollywood and after a few weeks of competing against hundreds of other contestants, he was chosen to move on the semifinals. Josh's rendition of "I'll Be" by Edwin McCain earned him a spot on the Final 12. He worked his way through 9 weeks of the Finals, singing popular songs like "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing," "Celebration," "Piano Man," "Bad Blood" and "Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye." His performance on the ninth week was his last, and although he did make it to the Top 4, he still fell short of claiming the title, having been the eighth person voted out of the show.
After being eliminated, Josh had to go back to the Marine Corps, disabling him from taking part in all the other American Idol projects following the season finale. When he was honorably discharged in 2004, he released his first self-titled album (which quickly became a Gold record) and in 2005, wrote "Working for the Weekend" for the soundtrack of Herbie: Fully Loaded. In 2006, he made a guest appearance on the soap The Young and the Restless and wrote another song for another Disney film, The Fox and the Hound 2.