Joseph John King is an American rock and roll singer, songwriter, and guitarist best known as the frontman for the bands Canvas and Deadbeat Darling.
Joseph grew up in San Antonio, Texas. He began playing guitar and writing songs at age 12, and his early musical influences were Simon & Garfunkel, Bob Marley, and Fleetwood Mac's Rumours album. Jospeh received his first singing lessons from his older brother. He attended MacArthur High School, and graduated from Saint Mary's Hall, a private Catholic school, where he played basketball and took ballet classes. He moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to attend Stanford University. Originally majoring in Economics, King switched majors and graduated with a degree in Religious Studies.
See main article Canvas (band)
In 1995 King met fellow musician Ben Rada at a coffee shop in Palo Alto and the two began jamming together. King and Rada, along with various friends, toured the west coast club circuit for two years. After their band played the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas in 1999, King and Rada decided to relocate to King's native state.