Josh was born on September 25, 1986 to Randy and Rhonda Swift. His dad was, and still is a phenomenal musician so Josh loves music naturally. At 6 months old, Josh was making noises with his mouth in time with music he was hearing. He started playing drums when he was 2 years old and eventually started traveling with his family on the Southern Gospel circuit.
When he was 16, Josh was playing a session when he saw a dobro for the first time. He just HAD to have one! About a year later, Gibson Guitars gave him his first dobro. At 17, Josh played with a local group called Set Apart. He fell in love with Mountain Gospel while traveling with those guys. At 18, he became a part of Carrie Hassler and Hard Rain.
At 19, he had left CHHR and was filling in with some friends in Gatlinburg, TN when Doyle Lawson rounded the street corner and listened for nearly a half hour. Little did he know that he would soon be invited to jam with DLQ and that that jam turned out to be a showcase at IBMA. Doyle asked him if he knew a song of his and Josh replied "I'll know it by the time it gets to me." Doyle hired Josh that night on October 5, 2007.
He says, "This gig is an absolute BLAST and I am honored not only travel with DLQ, but to find myself constantly learning life's lessons. Doyle is more than a boss. It's like having another father figure to teach you right from wrong. God has been so so so good to me and I give him ALL the glory."
On July 24th 2008, Josh married his first love, Tobi. On March 24th of 2011, their son Cager was born. Josh and Tobi live on their 60+ acre farm in Sparta Tennessee and attend church at Life Church in Cookeville Tennessee. They have 4 dogs named Dozer, Chewy, Dusty, and Henry. Josh is a true family man. He loves spending time with his family, and he loves working around the farm. He also has a studio in Sparta Tennessee, where he engineers and produces music. DLQ have been recording their albums in his studio since "In Session".
Josh's favorite Bible verse is Joshua 1:9 "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go."
He has been a part of Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver for nearly 12 years. He says he's "going for the record". Doyle says he'll have to settle for second place. As Josh mentions on stage, he also really enjoys making sure Doyle takes all his medication, and gets plenty of oxygen. Caring for the elderly is something Josh takes great pride in doing... Doyle says Josh won't get the oprotunity to become elderly, because Doyle himself will make sure that Josh won't live that long... It's a Hug/Hate relationship...