Joshua Casnave’s story is one of sin, redemption, and the music that connects the two together. Joshua, better known by his stage name TheBranch, is a spiritual rapper with a rapidly rising profile and a new album full of soul searching hip hop on the way. But getting to this point wasn’t easy. The mystical lyricism that currently defines TheBranch was informed by a lifetime of struggle, drug abuse, prison time, and eventually, a rediscovering of God’s path. Through it all, Joshua’s devotion to his music kept him from submitting to the darkness. He is a testament to how much a man can accomplish when fate, faith, and inspiration combine to put a man right where he is meant to be.
His music is definitely a worth listening track!
Joshua was born in the small town of St. Joe, Michigan on August 14, 1983. His family soon relocated to Niles, just outside of South Bend, Indiana, where he developed the love of music and art that would come to define his later life. Joshua would eventually grow up and relocate to Goodyear, Arizona to work at the Cleveland Indians Spring Training Facility. He got married his high school sweetheart Echo (Bailey) and had three sons. For a while, Joshua embodied the American dream life. It wasn’t long, however, until God began to test his faith. Over the next few years, Joshua began a downward spiral into a hell like existence, testing the very fabric of his soul.
For the crimes he had committed during his darkest hours, Joshua was sentenced to a year and a half in prison. This time proved to be a blessing, however, as it sowed the seeds of poetry and music in Joshua. He spent his free time writing as much music as he could, channeling his new found faith into an uplifting sound that could serve as a light to people in need. Joshua gave himself the moniker of ‘The Branch,’ and committed every fiber of his beings to writing the songs that would later become his debut album.
Music gave Joshua a new lease on life, but he still had unfinished business. Missing his family and filled with regret for the events that had transpired, he placed a call to his ex wife. As fate would have it, she and her new husband were in the middle of a divorce. Joshua took this news as a blessing, quickly reuniting with his family as soon as he became a free man. All that was left to do, was release the album he had been working on his entire life.
We feel blessed by TheBranch’s story and his example gives us strength through his music. This is why we encourage you to connect with him via social media as well as watching his Music Video for ”Hallelujah”.