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Joey Contreras
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Joey Contreras - July 2018
Born (1987-07-20) July 20, 1987 (age 36)
🎓 Alma materTisch School of the Arts
💼 Occupation
  • Songwriter
  • composer
  • singer
📆 Years active  2009-Present
🌐 Websitewww.joeycontreras.com
🥚 TwitterTwitter=
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Joey Contreras (born July 20, 1987) is an American musical theatre/pop songwriter, composer, and singer known for his albums, Love Me, Love Me Not: The Music of Joey Contreras and Young Kind of Love.

Career[edit]

Philadelphia Music Theater Works announced in July 2009 that they would be presenting a workshop production of Contreras' song cycle, This Thing Called Love.....[1] The show was previously presented as a concert in May of that year.

Contreras' first album Love Me, Love Me Not: The Music of Joey Contreras was released on December 7, 2010 and features many Broadway performers including Jeremy Jordan, Lilli Cooper, Carrie Manolakos and Natalie Weiss. The album received wide spread international recognition and spawned performances of his music as far as Australia, Germany, South Korea and the United Kingdom.[2]

Playbill hailed Joey as one of their "Contemporary Musical Theatre Songwriters You Need To Know".[3]

In preparation for the development of his second album, Broadway Dreams Foundation (BDF) announced that they were partnering with Contreras, naming him the first artist-in-residence, and announced that he would compose one song on his upcoming album that would feature vocals by BDF students. The proceeds from the single would go to benefit scholarships for BDF students seeking an education in music theatre composition.[4]

Contreras also served as producer and creator of the Playbill video series, "Hot Off the Ivories" which features new work by contemporary musical theatre writers in a "sleek, intimate format, à la MTV-style music videos".[5]

His second album, Young Kind of Love was released November, 11 2014 and debuted in the iTunes pop charts. The album featured many more Broadway and pop artists including Loren Allred, LOLO, Natalie Weiss, Ben Fankhauser and Adrienne Warren.[6]

In response to the music video of 'Love Wildly' from Young Kind of Love, Out magazine labeled Joey a "broadway-pop crossover extraordinaire".[7][8]

As part of the 2015 New York Musical Theatre Festival season, Joey presented a concert on July 16th at The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center. Guest performers included Glee's Alex Newell,[9] Lilli Cooper, Krystina Alabado, Ben Fankhauser, and Brad Greer.[10]

In 2016, Joey wrote the music and lyrics for the Disney Junior animated short, "Kiwi's First Flight" featured in the series, Lights, Camera, Lexi![11]

Joey made his London concert debut on September 24, 2017 performing with West End stars Oliver Tompsett, Andy Coxon, Marisha Wallace, and Dale Evans at the Live at Zédel stage.[12]

In 2019 he released the single, "Break From The Line" featuring Tony Award Nominee and star of Mean Girls, Taylor Louderman & Natalie Weiss.[13]

His new EP, Joyride, was released March 22, 2019 following an NYC album release concert at the Green Room 42 on March 18.[14]

He collaborated with Antonio Cipriano of Jagged Little Pill (musical) on a new single released September 30, 2019 titled "Wild". The music video featured dancers Tyler McKenzie of Hamilton and Jeff Sykes. The song and video tackle the theme of non monogamous relationships.[15]

All The Kids Are Doing It / Ring Around[edit]

Contreras and librettist/lyricist Kate Thomas wrote the musical All the Kids Are Doing It which premiered at Illinois Wesleyan University's School of the Arts in 2013.[16][17] This production was directed by Scott Susong[18] It also received a workshop staging by students of NYU Steinhardt School at the Provincetown Playhouse March 28-31, 2013. The production was directed by John Simpkins with musical direction by Eric Kong and choreography by MK Lawson.

The show revolves around a college writing student, Emmy Adams who attends Webb University after spending her life in a small town in South Dakota. In order to gain life experience and to gain writing material, Emmy becomes recklessly involved with a campus fraternity and uses her experience as a base for her senior memoir writing assignment. An internet scandal ensues, which leads to the possibility of permanent damage.[19]

The show was a finalist for the Eugene O'Neill New Musical Theatre Conference in 2015 and received another staging in 2016 at the Tisch New Studio on Broadway. The title of All The Kids Are Doing It was then changed to Ring Around.[20]

Forget Me Not[edit]

Joey Contreras and Kate Thomas are currently developing a new musical, Forget Me Not. A private industry reading of the musical was held in NYC on December 8, 2017. The production was directed by Catie Davis with musical direction by Jacob Yates and the cast led by Jacob Dickey, Kerstin Anderson, F. Michael Haynie, Jessica Hendy and Danny Bolero.[21]

Forget Me Not is a story about a struggling coastal town where a whale is beached. This event brings a much needed spotlight to the town, that has a rough history of unsolved murders. A media frenzy and tender relationships lead to an explosive reveal that asks the question - "What would we do to keep from being forgotten?".

A few months later, on February 24, 2018 the Dare Tactic presented a concert version of the musical at the W.O.W. cafe[22]

In Pieces[edit]

On May 22, 2017 a song cycle written by Contreras entitled In Pieces received a presentation at the Bruno Walter Auditorium at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. John Znidarsic directed and produced the performance which featured the cast of Brad Greer, Melanie Brook, Ty Deran, Stevi Incremona, Michael Williams, and Mia Gerachis.[23]

The musical is currently available for worldwide licensing and was licensed and produced by Kent State University in December of 2020 with Contreras collaborating as a Roe Green Visiting Artist.[24]

On January 29, 2021 it was announced that the musical would be turned into a feature film by Future Spotlight Productions in London, United Kingdom. Casting includes Jordan Luke Gage as Grey, Danielle Steers as River, Amy Di Bartolomeo as Alex, Kyle Birch as Austyn, Hiba Elchikhe as Sam, Ross Harmon as Charlie, Beccy Lane as Jael and Luke Street as Hunter with Erin Bell, Millie Cranston, Jack Dargan, Megan Cerys Holland, Rhianna Richards, and Jason Leigh Winter as the ensemble.[25]

Education[edit]

Contreras received a BFA in Musical Theatre from University of the Arts and an MFA in the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program from Tisch School - NYU.[26] He was a recipient of the 2010 ASCAP Foundation Max Dreyfus Scholarship Award.[27] In 2017 he participated in the 12th annual Johnny Mercer Songwriter's Project held at Northwestern University[28]

Personal life[edit]

Contreras comes from a musical family, with both parents being musicians and singers. He grew up in Northern California and started doing theatre in San Francisco at a young age. At age four he started tap dancing and then at age five he did his first community theatre production of The Music Man.[29][30] Joey is a fan of Britney Spears and feels that her music as well as her frequent collaborator Max Martin have influenced his sound. He also cites Kacey Musgraves and Harry Styles as influences[31]

He is openly gay and engaged to actor/musician Brian Russell Carey. Carey surprised Contreras with a proposal at his album release concert of Joyride in NYC. The couple married in Utah in October 2019.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Love Me, Love Me Not: The Music of Joey Contreras[edit]

(December 7, 2010)[32]

All tracks written by Joey Contreras.

No.TitleFeatured Artist(s)Length
1."I Could Fall"Stephanie Torns & Jason Michael Snow3:26
2."Get Up and Go"Jeremy Jordan4:46
3."My Simple Request"Marla Mindelle3:30
4."Waiting For More"Lilli Cooper3:22
5."Run"Blake Daniel3:26
6."Back In My Life"Kyle Dean Massey & Morgan Karr4:04
7."Whether or Not"Preston Sadleir3:30
8."Love Me, Love Me Not"Natalie Weiss2:59
9."Remember"Zak Resnick, Joey Contreras & Philip Drennen4:22
10."With Him"Katie Thompson5:11
11."Ready"Rachel Potter, Brad Greer, Carrie Manolakos & Joey Contreras4:15
Total length:42:51

Young Kind of Love[edit]

(November 11, 2014)[33]

All tracks written by Joey Contreras.

No.TitleFeatured Artist(s)Length
1."Love Wildly"Eric Michael Krop3:09
2."Young Kind of Love"Natalie Weiss3:23
3."Better This Way"Loren Allred3:18
4."Show U How Love Feels"Emma Hunton4:01
5."Ohio" 2:57
6."Great, Cool"Blake Daniel & Ben Fankhauser3:22
7."Boomerang"LOLO3:05
8."Constellation"Adrienne Warren & Broadway Dreams Foundation4:07
9."Boy On a Billboard"Blake Daniel4:03
10."Something to Fight For"Zak Resnick4:12
11."Another New York Love Story" 5:00
12."The Beat of Love"Lilli Cooper3:46
Total length:44:24

Joyride[edit]

(March 22, 2019)[34]

All tracks written by Joey Contreras.

No.TitleFeatured ArtistLength
1."Jackson" 2:38
2."Joyride" 2:56
3."Don't Let Me" 3:12
4."Better Off"Stevi Incremona3:45
5."Silver" 2:50
6."How to Be Alone" 3:18
Total length:18:39

Singles[edit]

Title Year Length
"Show U How Love Feels"
(feat. Emma Hunton)
2014 4:01
"Replay"[35]
(feat. Chris Abell)
2016 4:43
"Like You Don't Miss Me"[36] 2:46
"First Sign of Forever"[37]
(feat. Chris Abell)
2018 3:50
"Break From The Line"[38]
(feat. Taylor Louderman & Natalie Weiss)
2019 2:56
Love Me, Love Me Not (Acoustic Duet Version)"[39]
(feat. Natalie Weiss & Ben Fankhauser)
3:11
"Wild"[40]
(feat. Antonio Cipriano)
3:03
"Unsaid"[41]
(feat. David Socolar)
2020 3:30
"Safer"[42]
(Joey Contreras & Brian Russell Carey)
3:30
"Even If It Might Hurt Me"[43]
(Carl Culley & Joey Contreras)
3:01
"Another New York Love Story"[44]
(Leslie Hiatt)
5:10
"Even If It Might Hurt Me (The December Mix)[45]
(Carl Culley & Joey Contreras)
3:43

References[edit]

  1. "Downes, Greer, Linden and Rowley Cast in Workshop of Contreras' This Thing Called Love | Playbill". Playbill. 2009-07-08. Retrieved 2018-11-10.
  2. "Role of New Media in Contemporary Musical Theatre at Dramatists Guild in New York—Tuesday 8 October 2013". HowlRound Theatre Commons. Retrieved 2018-11-10.
  3. "PLAYBILL PICKS: The Contemporary Musical Theatre Songwriters You Should Know, Part Three | Playbill". Playbill. 2014-01-28. Retrieved 2018-11-12.
  4. "Songwriter Joey Contreras Partners With Broadway Dreams Foundation for Upcoming Album | Playbill". Playbill. 2013-05-17. Retrieved 2018-11-12.
  5. "Playbill Video Debuts New Series 'Hot Off the Ivories,' Collection of Contemporary Musical Theatre Songs | Playbill". Playbill. 2013-03-27. Retrieved 2018-11-12.
  6. "Joey Contreras brings you back to the start of your relationship with 'Young Kind of Love' - TheCelebrityCafe.com". The Celebrity Cafe. Retrieved 2018-11-10.
  7. "'Love Wildly' Is Broadway-Meets-Pop-Meets-Hot Guys in Undies". OUT. 2015-06-24. Retrieved 2018-11-12.
  8. "WATCH: Pop Star Joey Contreras and Friends Want You to 'Love Wildly'". Advocate. 2015-06-15. Retrieved 2019-01-08.
  9. Desk, BWW News. "GLEE's Alex Newell Joins Joey Contreras NYMF Concert Lineup". BroadwayWorld. Retrieved 2018-11-12.
  10. "Ben Fankhauser, Zak Resnick, Lilli Cooper and Adam Kaplan Join Joey Contreras' NYMF Concert | Playbill". Playbill. 2015-06-12. Retrieved 2018-11-12.
  11. etheme.com. "Joey Contreras". NewMusicalTheatre. Retrieved 2018-11-10.
  12. Desk, BWW News. "West End Stars from WICKED, KINKY BOOTS, DREAMGIRLS and More Join Songwriter Joey Contreras' London Debut". BroadwayWorld. Retrieved 2018-11-12.
  13. Skethway, Nathan (March 1, 2019). "Watch Taylor Louderman and Natalie Weiss in New Music Video for Joey Contreras Track 'Break From the Line'". Playbill. Retrieved 2019-04-11.
  14. Desk, BWW News. "Ben Fankhauser, Bradley Gibson, Natalie Weiss and Zach Adkins Join Joey Contreras' Album Celebration at The Green Room 42". BroadwayWorld.com. Retrieved 2019-03-15.
  15. Wong, Curtis M. (2019-10-02). "New Music Video Is A 'Wild' Look At The Shifting Landscape Of Love". HuffPost. Retrieved 2019-10-08.
  16. "Illinois Wesleyan: BFA in Musical Theatre". www.iwu.edu. Retrieved 2018-11-10.
  17. "IWU Fills in the Spaces in 2012-13 Theatre Season". www.afollowspot.com. Retrieved 2018-11-10.
  18. "Illinois Wesleyan: School of Theatre Arts Faculty: Scott Susong". www.iwu.edu. Retrieved 2018-11-10.
  19. Hetrick, Adam (2013-03-19). "New Musical All the Kids Are Doing It Will Get NYU Workshop Production". Playbill. Retrieved 2018-12-11.
  20. "Projects". Kate Thomas. Retrieved 2018-11-10.
  21. Desk, BWW News. "New Musical FORGET ME NOT Slates Starry NYC Reading". BroadwayWorld. Retrieved 2018-11-10.
  22. Desk, BWW News. "The Dare Tactic Presents Joey Contreras & Kate Thomas FORGET ME NOT A Concert Performance". BroadwayWorld. Retrieved 2018-11-10.
  23. "Casting Set for Free Premiere of Joey Contreras Song Cycle In Pieces | Playbill". Playbill. 2017-05-04. Retrieved 2018-11-10.
  24. "School of Theatre and Dance Welcomes B.J. Tindal and Joey Contreras as Roe Green Visiting Artists | Kent State University". www.kent.edu. Retrieved 2021-01-04.
  25. Thomas, Sophie (2021-02-12). "Full casting announced for musical film 'In Pieces'". London Theatre Guide. Retrieved 2021-02-14.
  26. "Bio". JOEY CONTRERAS. Retrieved 2018-11-10.
  27. "The ASCAP Foundation Max Dreyfus Scholarship". ASCAP Foundation. Retrieved 2018-11-10.
  28. "12th annual Songwriters Project participants are announced". news.northwestern.edu. Retrieved 2018-11-10.
  29. "Interview with Joey Contreras | Broadway Wiz". Broadway Wiz. 2015-07-15. Retrieved 2018-11-10.
  30. "Joey Contreras". The Music Rag. Retrieved 2018-11-10.
  31. Wong, Curtis M. (2019-04-09). "On 'Joyride,' Joey Contreras Aims For 'Good Bops' And More Vulnerable Terrain". HuffPost. Retrieved 2019-04-11.
  32. ‎Love Me, Love Me Not: The Music of Joey Contreras by Various Artists, 2010-12-07, retrieved 2018-11-10
  33. ‎Young Kind of Love by Joey Contreras, 2014-11-11, retrieved 2018-11-10
  34. ‎Joyride - EP by Joey Contreras, retrieved 2019-04-11
  35. Replay (feat. Chris Abell) - Single by Joey Contreras, retrieved 2021-01-04
  36. Like You Don't Miss Me - Single by Joey Contreras, retrieved 2021-01-04
  37. First Sign of Forever (feat. Mia Gerachis) - Single by Joey Contreras, retrieved 2021-01-04
  38. ‎Break from the Line (feat. Taylor Louderman & Natalie Weiss) - Single by Joey Contreras, retrieved 2019-03-15
  39. ‎Love Me, Love Me Not (Acoustic Duet Version) [feat. Natalie Weiss & Ben Fankhauser] by Joey Contreras, retrieved 2020-02-22
  40. ‎Wild (feat. Antonio Cipriano) - Single by Joey Contreras, retrieved 2019-10-08
  41. Unsaid (feat. David Socolar) - Single by Joey Contreras, retrieved 2021-01-04
  42. Safer - Single by Joey Contreras & Brian Russell Carey, retrieved 2021-01-04
  43. Even If It Might Hurt Me - Single by Carl Culley & Joey Contreras, retrieved 2021-01-04
  44. Another New York Love Story - Single by Joey Contreras & Leslie Hiatt, retrieved 2021-01-04
  45. Even If It Might Hurt Me (The December Mix) - Single by Carl Culley & Joey Contreras, retrieved 2021-01-04

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