Article About Josiah’s Nashville Show

Insider: Morristown’s former ‘Idol’-ist rocks the house for his momJosiah Leming performs during a show at 12th & Porter in Nashville on Monday night. Leming decided to do the show for his mother, who has never seen him perform in front of an audience.This cigar, burns a hole straight through my jeans

And through your hearts, as I watch the ashes form

Another scar, that I will never show

But somehow everybody seems to know

– “This Cigar,” Josiah Leming

Josiah Leming will do just about anything to make his mom happy these days.

When she said she’d like to see him perform live, Josiah – the Morristown, Tenn., teenager who found fame on “American Idol” this season – got together a show at Nashville’s 12th & Porter nightspot. The show was Monday night. Around 70 people packed the dark, hot room. But for Josiah, only one of them really mattered – his mother, Sharon.

This is the first time she’d seen her son perform live in front of a paying audience. By the look on her face, she wasn’t disappointed. Sharon Leming smiled all night. He referred to her often from the stage. “My mom is here tonight,” he told the crowd, his voice breaking slightly. A small smattering of applause could be heard. Josiah prompted more.

“Go ahead. Clap for her,” he told them.

Sharon has been ill since 2000 with ovarian leiomyosarcoma, a rare form of cancer. In recent weeks, her fight with the disease has been particularly tough, though on Monday night, she told the Insider she was feeling well. She sat in a wheelchair for the show and wore a bandana.

Josiah’s father, Don, was also there, by his wife’s side. Josiah’s brother, Andrew Sexton, was there as well as longtime buddy Chris Speed. Andrew is a waiter in Pigeon Forge. Chris is a photography student at Belmont College in Nashville.

The opening act was Josh Johnson, who is also a friend of Josiah’s. Johnson is a Knoxville native and used to be seen regularly in the Old City performing Christian music. From stage, Johnson marveled at the crowd that came to see Josiah. “I’m used to having five people in the room” for shows, he deadpanned.

In an interview before the show, Josiah was a bit nervous. He’d only played Nashville once before, in a lower-profile venue. He drummed his fingers on the table as he sat to discuss with the Insider his present and future plans.

“I’m a little bit nervous,” he said. “My mom has never come to one of my shows before. I’m very excited. The whole point of this show is to do it for her. I don’t know when I’d be able to play this close to home again.”

Since “Idol,” Josiah’s star has been on the rise. He’s been courted by major recording labels, MTV and even celebrities. During a recent trip to Hollywood, Josiah got the ultimate star treatment – being hounded by cameras from TMZ, one of the biggest celebrity gossip organizations in the world these days.

He’s working on a new CD, due in the fall. He’s also touring across the country. When he’s off the road, he’s back in Morristown at his parents’ house. Has work been therapeutic for him these days? “It adds some stress,” he says with a small laugh.

In all this touring and CD making, he also wants to have quality time with his mother. At 18, he knows the difference between quality and quantity.

“I want to make sure I am there (for her) and not just pushing her aside,” Josiah says. “… I don’t want to (end up regretting) not spending enough time with her.”

He says his life now is changing what he writes about. “There’s a sense of urgency, in the music, in the lyrics,” he says. “It’s very straightforward and direct. Not a lot of patience.”

Josiah’s career has been hot since appearing on “Idol” earlier this year. He impressed the judges with his Brit-rock sound. At the time of his audition, he was living out his car. Josiah made it to “Idol’s” top 50 contestants before being cut, a controversial decision that even harsh judge Simon Cowell disagreed with.

Josiah’s post-“Idol” life has been a whirlwind. Celebrity aside, Josiah says all he wants to do now is entertain. “It’s awesome, man,” he said. “That’s what I am here for.”

n WORDS TO LIVE BY. “She lives day-by-day.” – Josiah Leming describing his mother.

Source: Knoxnews

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