To love someone is to show to them their beauty, their worth and their importance.” – Jean Vanier
Coming Up is about rising above your challenges and weaknesses to become more than just another statistic or causality of life. It's about helping and encouraging others to maximize their life potential and to follow their dreams. Though we might be loud we are all just making noise until we elevate ourselves and others and turn up the volume for the weakest and the most displaced in our society. ... Brian Carrillo - Editor, Coming Up Magazine
The 25 year-old wordsmith and philosophy graduate has always managed to combine his love of words and music to inspire people to break free from their own limitations.
Joshua believes it’s the responsibility of the poet to stand on the soapbox to champion social causes and he wants to use his words to do just that. This time he’s chosen to highlight World Suicide Prevention Day on Saturday 10th September with a powerful track called ‘Becoming Human’ which has a moving video to accompany it.
“I wrote Becoming Human to connect with the heart of our human story. In a driven culture based on success and stature, where is the space to become, to grow, to fall and then stand back up? In reality we connect at our most vulnerable. We all break sometimes. We all arrived here naked. We don’t talk about our weakness enough and that’s why I think so many of us feel lonely, isolated and disconnected.”
Joshua approached Samaritans as he wanted Becoming Human to help those who might be feeling desperate and isolated. Paul McDonald from the charity felt the track had real impact.“It’s a powerful blend of observation and passion for humanity. At the heart of the track is what Samaritans is all about – simple human connection so that a person feels more understood and less isolated and alone. It doesn’t judge, and encourages us all to be less afraid to make those connections. As the track brilliantly illustrates, we all have more in common than we have differences.”
Joshua hopes the track will hit straight to the heart of the human condition as well as raise awareness about World Suicide Prevention Day and also the great work Samaritans do.
“I wrote the poem as a personal challenge to myself to remain present,
Paul McDonald explains this is exactly what Samaritan volunteers do; “More than anything, what Samaritans volunteers do is to listen, in confidence, without judging. We focus on you as a single individual, irrespective of what you have done or what has been done to you. Our volunteers give you the time to make sense of your thoughts and start to see that you have options, that you can take back control, that your situation will change and that there are things that you can do to feel less trapped.”
Check out this powerful video from Joshua Luke Smith now.
Joshua’s self-produced debut EP, Your Beauty, landed in the top 10 of the UK and International iTunes charts and has led the young poet and record label founder (onmusic.com) to receive BBC 6 Music Radio play as well as features with BBC 1xtra and the London Roundhouse.
Although dyslexic and dyspraxic, Joshua has never let the conditions hold him back. He has a degree in Philosophy and amazingly has never written down a single line of his songs! He is passionate about encouraging others not to let any ‘limitations’ hold them back. Find out more at