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CLOSE’s “Base Level” column features the hottest new artists we’re buzzing about. Before they make it to the summit of superstardom, we spot them at base level–the beginning of their hopeful journey to the top.

His name has predetermined him a star. In Greek, Xantus means golden and that’s exactly the color of Josh Xantus’ voice. His brand of R&B fuses with pop in a sharp, yet infectious way. Josh offers catchy party anthems, but his sound is most accentuated by the discipline of a Julliard trained pianist, lacing his classical style in the essence R&B. Josh is going beyond the confines of R&B and allowing his music room to breathe.

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The Brooklyn born and bred vocalist attributes his musical inclination to his classical piano training; shocking everyone and mastering greats like Bach, Beethoven and Mozart by the age of six. Josh’s latest mixtape, “The Antidote,” has created some serious buzz for the deserving crooner. Opening for artists like Ne-Yo, Fabolous and Busta Rhymes, you can say that Josh is well on his way. Oh and if that wasn’t impressive enough, the legendary Stevie Wonder gives Josh Xantus the stamp of approval! #TeamBeautiful is glad to be here from the start and we’re going to watch this young talent rise to the top!

Check out Josh Xantus “I Do”

Name: Josh Xantus

Age: 26

Hometown: Brooklyn

Who are you listening: I am currently studying the greats Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Brian McKnight and Celine Dion.

Musical inspiration: Stevie Wonder and Brian McKnight

Biggest break: Getting my record deal and hearing my song on the radio and watching my video on TV for the very first time!

Biggest fear as a new artist: Not living up to the expectations Stevie Wonder asked of me. He told me to change people’s lives with my music and I plan to honor his wishes.

Name of your sound: Mainstream R&B

If you were the love child of two musicians–dead or alive–who would they be?  

Michael Jackson and Mozart

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