Joel Tan or better known by many as ‘Gentle Bones’ is an independent musician from Singapore.
He has released an EP which has been hailed by iTunes & Spotify and also opened for international acts in the likes of Alex Goot, Against The Current & Us the Duo.
The Gentle Bones journey started one day in 2010, when he decided to pick up the guitar. Songwriting became second nature, as lyrics and melodies begin forming themselves.
“I’ve always preferred the idea of creation rather than the steps behind it,” he said – and this approach has clearly been favourable.
Gentle Bones recorded his First song ‘Until We Die’ in 2012, which was later picked up by local radio stations and went viral online. In that same year, he played at the Mosaic Music Festival. This gave him the impetus to continue working on his music.
Two years later, he released his eponymous EP, which went straight to number 1 in the Singapore iTunes store even prior to its official release. Industry leaders hailed the launch party as the biggest by any local artiste, paving the way for an illustrious music career ahead.
2014 also gave rise to a few major milestones. Gentle Bones was invited to play at Ignite Music Festival, which aims to showcase local artistes. Later that year, ‘Until We Die’ was number 1 on the iTunes charts. It was also named Singapore’s favourite track for the year on music streaming service Spotify.
In 2015 , he opened for platinum-certified singer-songwriter Christina Perri when she played in Singapore.
The “Pop-Folk” EP (Debut EP) is highly driven by visceral thoughts, of what Joel puts across as his style of doing music without conscious reflection.
Filled with 3 fast-paced anthems and two love songs, it is the product of Joel’s personal exploration of music over the past 4 years and what he believes to be the best work that he has conceived so far. The EP was produced and mixed by Roland Lim at Sync Studios, one of Singapore’s top producers with over 5 #1 and 20 Top 10 hits in Asia and Australia & mastered by Joe Bozzi (Britney Spears,U2 ) at Grammy-winning Bernie Grundman Mastering.
Gentle Bones aka Joel Tan has a strong presence in the social media universe as well, with 16k subscribers on Youtube and up to Million views and also an active Instagram account with followers up to 12k and counting.
Check out some of his stellar pop covers of today’s top 40 hits: