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[on working with producer Rick Rubin
on "Illuminations"] The co-writing was a bit of a surprise for me. I trust Rick's ear tremendously and I trust his ability to take any style of music - and my style was completely new to him - and put it through his filter. I think his motto for me was "I know you can sing your ass off. I want these songs to be coming from you rather than just being presented ...
Josh's father is from an Ashkenazi Jewish family (from Ukraine and Russia). Josh's father converted to Christianity when he married Josh's mother. Josh's mother has English, German, Ashkenazi Jewish (from her own maternal grandfather), and Norwegian (from her own maternal grandmother) ancestry. Josh's Norwegian-American great-grandmother had family from Toten, Norway. Josh was raised an ...