Josh Sklair won his first Grammy Award as producer, guitar player and arranger on the Etta James’ album “Let’s Roll” for Best Contemporary Blues Album 2003. The following year he received his second Producer’s Grammy when Etta’s “Blues to the Bone” won Best Traditional Blues Album 2004; a celebration of two decades (1985-2012) as band leader, guitarist, arranger and co-writer with American Music icon Etta James.

After briefly attending Berklee College of Music – Boston in 1978, Josh graduated from Howard Roberts’ Guitar Institute of Technology – Los Angeles (later “Musician’s Institute”/ M.I.).

Through the 80s and 90s Josh was first-call guitar player for Dick Clark’s Good Old Rock ‘n’ Roll Show House Band – the Brother John (Goines) Band – backing the legends: Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Del Shannon, the Shirelles, Darlene Love, Lowell Fulson, Henry Butler, Lee Allen, Leo Nocentelli, Little Anthony, Mary Wells, Martha Reeves, the Coasters, the Platters, the Rivingtons, Bobby Vee, Bobby Rydell, Bobby Sheene, The Drifters, The Olympics, Fabian & Freddy Cannon. Valuable experience gained playing with these music pioneers gave Josh a solid foundation in the roots of Rock, Soul and Rhythm & Blues.

Between regular touring and recording over a dozen studio albums with Etta, Josh maintained a solid career in Los Angeles, recording and/or performing with Jon Lucien, Sophie B. Hawkins, Jim Belushi & Dan Aykroyd/the Blues Brothers, Jeffrey Osborne, the H.B. Barnum Orchestra, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, the Jones Girls, Side Effect, Teresa James & the Rhythm Tramps and many others. Currently touring with the great Paul Anka.

Studio clientele includes Diane Warren, Guy Roche, Lamont Dozier, Albert Hammond, Diana Ross, Roy Orbison, Willie De Ville, Tata Vega, Les McCann, Desmond Child, Cher, Celine Dion, Gladys Knight, Natalie Cole, Carnie and Wendy Wilson, Atlantic Star, Shanice, Ralph Molina (Crazy Horse), Lauren Mitchell, Annika Chambers, Evelyn Rubio and Michael Sutton.

Josh’s guitar tracks, production and/or compositions can also be heard on numerous Movie Soundtracks, Television Shows and Commercials in addition to solo albums “Josh” on VTL, “After Hours” and “Internal Voices”.

A Partial List of JOSH SKLAIR’S Recording Credits
(courtesy of “ARTIST direct”)

• Little Anthony and the Imperials
• You’ll Never Know • Guitar
• Various Artists
• Soul RNB • Arranger
• Various Artists
• Camp Burlesque • Dobro
• Various Artists
• Camp Burlesque • Producer
• Various Artists
• Camp Burlesque • Guitar
• Various Artists
• We All Love Ella: Celebrating the First Lady of Song • Guitar
• Sylvie Vartan
• Nouvelle Vague • Guitar
• Etta James
• Gold •     Guitar•Rhythm Arrangements•Producer•Music Direction
• Etta James
• All the Way • Arranger•Guitar (Electric)•Musical Direction • Guitar (Acoustic)•Engineer•Producer•Vocals (Background)
• Etta James
• Love Songs (RCA Victor/Legacy) • Guitar •Dobro•Soloist
• Etta James
• Definitive Collection • Guitar
• Marcos Hernandez
• C About Me • Guitar
• Cher
• Chronicles • Guitar
• Blessid Union of Souls
• Perception • Guitar
• Kwanza Jones
• Victim of the System • Mixing
• Willy DeVille
• Crow Jane Alley • Guitar (Electric)• E-Bow• Guitar•12 String •Guitar (Nylon String)•Pedal Steel•
• Etta James
• Blues to the Bone • Dobro•Guitar•Producer
• Sophie B. Hawkins
• Wilderness • Guitar
• Teresa James
• Whole Enchilada • Guitar
• Etta James
• Let’s Roll • Producer •Guitar (Electric)(Acoustic)(12String)
• Banjo• Director •Synthesizer•Slide Guitar •Rhythm Arrangements
• Jon Lucien
• Lucien Romantico • Guitar
• Jon Lucien
• Man from Paradise • Guitar
• Various Artists
• All Blues’d Up: This Ain’t No Tribute to Rock and Roll’s Finest •Guitar
• Etta James
• Burnin’ Down the House: Live at the House of Blues •Guitar
•Musical Direction
• Jose Luis Rodríguez
• Señor Corazón (2002) • Guitar
• Etta James
• Blue Gardenia • Guitar• Arranger
• Kwanza Jones
• Naked • Guitar• Mixing
• Etta James
• Matriarch of the Blues •Guitars•Slide• Keyboards• Arrangements
• Shanice
• Ultimate Collection: The Best of Shanice • Guitar
• Various Artists
• This Ain’t No Tribute Blues Cube • Guitar
• Etta James
• Heart of a Woman • Arranger• Guitar (Electric)• Asst .Producer
•Guitar (Acoustic)• Musical Director•  Production Assistant
• Etta James
• 12 Songs of Christmas • Guitar •Arranger
• Various Artists
• Jazz Christmas (Windham Hill) • Producer •Guitar
• Various Artists
• Schoolhouse Rocks the Vote!: A Benefit for Rock the Vote  • Producer
• Guitar
• Etta James
• Life, Love and the Blues • Dobro• Guitar
• Jim Belushi
• 36-22-36 • Guitar
• Movie Soundtrack
• Melrose Place Jazz: Upstairs at MP • Guitar
• Jeffrey Osborne
• Something Warm for Christmas • Guitar
• Etta James
• Love’s Been Rough on Me  • Guitar (Electric)
• Various Artists
• House of Blues: Songs of Janis Joplin: Blues Down Deep • Guitar
• Patricia Kaas
• Dans Ma Chair • Guitar
• Shiloh(Big Mountain)
• California Reggae • Guitar
• Jonathan Pierce
• One Love • Guitar
• John Carpenter
• In the Mouth of Madness • Guitar
• Etta James
• Time After Time • Guitar
• Dimples
• Baby Makin’ Music • Guitar
• Yves Roche
• Tahiti Cool, Vol. 3: Tahiti Favorite Instrumentals • Guitar
• Shanice
• 21…Ways to Grow • Guitar
• Etta James
• Mystery Lady: Songs of Billie Holiday • Guitar
• Atlantic Starr
• Time • Guitar
• Etta James
• How Strong Is a Woman: The Island Sessions   • Assistant Producer• •Guitar• Director • Carnie Wilson
• Hey Santa! • Guitar
• Nick Scotti
• Nick Scotti • Guitar
• Clive Griffin
• Clive Griffin • Guitar
• Jack Wagner
• Alone In A Crowd • Guitar
• Roy Orbison
• King of Hearts • Guitar
• Tyler Collins
• Tyler • Guitar
• Karen Knowles
• Moonglow • Guitar(Electric)• Guitar (Acoustic)
• Vickie Leigh
• More Vickie • Guitar
• Lesley Olsher
• Lesley • Musical Director• Guitar
• Sam Sklair
• Virgo • Director• Guitar(Electric) • Guitar (Acoustic)
• Rita Coolidge
• Love Lessons • Guitar
• The Main Liners
• Main Liners • Guitar
• Vickie Leigh
• Vickie • Guitar
• Cher
• Love Hurts • Guitar
• Etta James
• Stickin’ to My Guns • Guitar
• Jose Luis Rodríguez
• Senor Corazon (1990) • Guitar
• Michael Anderson
• Sound Alarm • Guitar
• 9.9
• 9.9 • Guitar
• Natalie Cole
• Dangerous • Guitar (Rhythm)