My Name Is... Joshua Woodworth

Army veteran, musician who’s seen the tough side of life

Posted 6/17/19

Army strong I was born and raised in Colorado, then I lived in Arizona and New Mexico, and graduated high school in Wyoming. I joined the Army 15 days after I turned 18. I was stationed in Germany, …

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My Name Is... Joshua Woodworth

Army veteran, musician who’s seen the tough side of life

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Army strong

I was born and raised in Colorado, then I lived in Arizona and New Mexico, and graduated high school in Wyoming. I joined the Army 15 days after I turned 18.

I was stationed in Germany, and I was in charge of maintaining readiness in case of a gas or chemical attack or spill — I kept the gas masks and hazmat suits ready to go. If a chemical attack occurred, we’d be sent in first. Thankfully nothing like that ever happened.

I took a lot of humbleness from my experience in the Army — a lot of core values that are important to me today, like integrity, honor, and selflessness. I try to apply those every day in my interactions.

Music man

I moved back to Colorado after the Army, and now I’m deep into the music scene.

I rap, and I’ve been playing guitar for about 10 years. I play heavy metal, hip hop and rap. I also do ticket sales and promoting. I love the music scene in Denver — it’s so supportive.

I go by the stage name Ku$h. Everyone calls me that now. It’s almost weird to be called Joshua anymore. Pretty much only my family does that.

Music is my remedy. It’s my therapy, but to a higher level. Music brings clarity. It allows me a place to express myself and share myself with people.

Tough times

Family is big in my life. I don’t have much. I’ve been homeless. I’ve been in jail. I’ve been out of trouble for the last three or four years through sheer will.

Starting this fall I’ll be attending DIME Denver, a four-year bachelor’s degree program in music studies — the business side of music.

I like to do a lot of volunteer work for the homeless. I volunteer at a food bank every Sunday. A lot of people in the music industry would rather buy stuff for themselves than help their communities, but I want to give back. I’ve been down. I know what it’s like. I’ve lived that life, and nobody helped me, so I want to help others.

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