CASA GRANDE -- Arizona City resident Josh Scott is grateful for a lot of things. He’s grateful for his faith, family and community as well as the opportunity to share his music with others.
At age 43, Scott, who grew up in Eloy, Casa Grande and Arizona City, is on his way to becoming a country music star.
He has a newly released album and his music gets thousands of hits every month across various streaming platforms.
His latest song, “The Bottle,” which he wrote and performs, was recently named the song of the year by the I Heart Radio Jack Daniels Battle of the Bar Bands contest.
“It feels amazing to have my song named the song of the year,” he said. “I share a lot of my struggles and hardships through my music. Each song has a different story. When people hear my music, I hope they grab someone they love and listen to it together.”
This Saturday beginning at 9 p.m., he’ll perform a show at the Airport Tavern in Casa Grande to thank his supporters in the community.
“I don’t normally perform in Casa Grande,” he said. “But I am so grateful for all the people who supported me and voted for my song. This show is a way of saying ‘thank you’ to the community.”
In December, Scott signed with Dan Hodges Music.
His newly released album, full of heart-felt songs that he said tell the story of his life, is doing well on the music charts and on streaming services.
But less than a year ago, Scott was driving a dump truck for a Mesa-based company and focusing on his family and his faith. Sharing his music with others was a dream.
“I’d made my mistakes in the past. I battled with a drug problem and had some trouble with the law,” Scott said. “I went to jail and paid my debt to society. When I was out of jail, I was just grateful for the second chance to be a husband and a father.”
Ten years ago, Scott was an active musician with a promising future. He played quite a bit in Las Vegas.
“I thought I was a rock star. I gambled, drank, did cocaine and nearly lost everything,” he said. “I lost my record deal and went to prison.”
After serving time in prison, he returned home with a fresh new focus on family, founded in faith.
“When I was in prison, I focused on my relationship with God. I prayed for my family and hoped for a second chance,” he said. “When I came back, I wasn’t thinking about music. I had a second chance to be a better man and I just focused on being home, working and being a dad.”
As well as driving a dump truck, he also began serving as an assistant coach for his daughter’s basketball team at Vista Grande High School.
“Working with this team is something I’m very proud of,” he said.
Scott is married and has two children. About a year ago, he decided to start writing music again.
“My process for writing music is a little bit backwards since I don’t play an instrument,” he said. “I sit down and write the words and get a feel for how it should sound in my head.”
After writing a few songs, Scott sought out Arizona musician Ray Herndon to ask for advice and feedback.
“He took out his acoustic guitar and put the songs to music,” Scott said. “He also called me on stage to perform with him. It’s because of him that my career got restarted.”
Soon after, Scott took a leap of faith, quitting his job to pursue music and songwriting full time.
“I decided to go all in,” he said.
Scott writes all of his own music, and many of his songs share the stories of his personal struggles and hardships.
“My songs are the anthem of my life,” he said. “Some are fun but some tell my story. I grew up around bars and pool tables, so I think these songs are relatable. I try to be honest in my songs.”
Since restarting his music career, Scott has returned to the stage. He frequently performs in the Phoenix area and at various venues. He recently opened shows for Tracy Lawrence and Mark Chesnutt.
His single, “This Time,” was streamed more than half a million times across various platforms.
As the winner of the song of the year competition, he will perform on stage at the I Heart Radio music awards. He goes on stage right after Taylor Swift.
Scott’s show at the Airport Tavern, he said, will be a mix of his own music as well as covers of some of his favorite songs from the 1990s.
With his music career on the rise again, he hopes for the chance to give back to the community.
“All we can hope for in life is a fighting chance,” he said. “I’d love to give back to the community by helping area kids by giving them a fighting chance and prevent them from making some of the mistakes I’ve made. I’ve been given second chances because people believe in me. I’d like to do that for others.”