NEW COUNTRY ENTERTAINER AND SONGWRITER CHARTING ON MUSIC ROW COUNTRY BREAKOUT CHART WITH SINGLE: “BROKEN HEART BREAK” COMPARED TO KENNY CHESNEY AND NEAL MCCOY FEATURED IN PUBLICATIONS: MUSICROW MAGAZINE, NASHVILLE MUSIC GUIDE, HARTFORD COURANT
When Johnny Cash’s nephew handed him his first guitar at 8 years old, something sparked. With a charted single on country FM radio and opening act for LOCASH, Easton Corbin, Dwight Yoakam, John Anderson, Parmalee and High Valley, Frankie Justin has been shaping his cornerstone in country music. Cutting his teeth in legendary Nashville venues like The Bluebird Café, Belcourt Taps, The Local, Nashville Palace, Tootsie’s and Kid Rock’s Big Honky Tonk and Rock ‘n’ Roll Steakhouse, he honed in on what a crowd craves and took it on the road. Playing hundreds of venues, fairs and festivals in the Northeast and South, such as Infinity Hall Hartford, CT, Indian Ranch Webster, Mass; The Stafford Palace Theater Stafford Springs, CT; Bethel Woods, NY Home of the original 1969 Woodstock Festival; Atlantic City, New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, Maine, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Alabama and Kentucky, Justin has created a fresh, dynamic country band show with relentless energy that gravitates people to thoroughly enjoy the show, participating by clapping and singing along. At a Frankie Justin show you can expect to hear the newer, more recognizable songs like “Speechless,” by Dan and Shay, “Hanging On,” by Chris Young or crowd favorite, “Buy Me a Boat,” by Chris Janson. Fans respond to what they know and hear often on the radio. Justin will also sprinkle some of his own songs in between while featuring his current radio singles “Broken Heart Break” and “Spotlight.” He’s making a connection with people show by show and track by track. Frankie works out of Nashville and is supported by a great team at Spin Doctors Music Group. Justin reflects with a smile, “It’s moments like LOCASH bringing you on stage, John Anderson sharing life lessons backstage, Easton Corbin telling you to keep up the good work, that are incredibly surreal and unforgettable experiences.”
At 14, Justin was discovered by Grammy and CMA award winning producer, Brien Fisher, who gave him his first publishing deal. “Being a staff writer and having a mentor of that stature was a vital part of who I’ve become as a writer, artist, and person,” Justin conveys. During his publishing deal, Justin wrote, “Summer Lover,” his first single to country radio. It is a pounding anthem that embodies long, July nights; memorable experiences that linger on the mind. “My first radio tour was something I couldn’t wait for since I learned what one was! I’ve always been a student of radio, been a fan, it’s been my main focus.”
Penned by Chris DuBois, Brent Anderson, and Forest Whitehead, the new single, “Broken Heart Break,” is already getting stellar reviews from radio and fans. Charting on the Music Row Country Breakout Chart, it is #61 and climbing. The writing team has brought multiple format mainstays such as “Buy Me a Boat” by Chris Janson, “Remind Me” by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, “Lonely Tonight” by Blake Shelton, “Peter Pan” by Kelsea Ballerini and many more. WGGC’s Greg Almond says, “It’s a hit!” KRGI’s Derek Beck states, “I’m gonna be playing this all summer long! This is a true country song in the exact moment that country radio needed one!” Justin expresses, “Heartbreak songs convey the truth I like to portray in my music and this song is something that I can feel, relate to, and is a caliber of quality I am so excited to be able to share. I remember reading about Chris DuBois in Brad Paisley books as a kid and what an honor it is to be able to work with him.”
The next up and coming release, “Spotlight,” is an upbeat, sonic blast with a compelling hook. Written by Ben Hayslip, David Lee Murphy, and Bryan Simpson, it has a proven team behind it. “I remember when I was a staff writer for Brien Fisher, Ben Hayslip was and is one of my largest writer influences. “Mind Reader,” written by Hayslip for Dustin Lynch, was a song and style that I felt I wanted to emulate. I think “Spotlight,” is right on point with that.”
In a studio in the Berry Hill section of Nashville, Frankie and Ben Cesare carved out a lyric for “I Love You That Much;” a song produced with Hall of Fame producer Larry Rogers that captures vivid snapshots of a simple morning conversation with your significant other that becomes a complex, passionate moment. Justin explains with a glint in his eyes, “Those writing and recording sessions just flowed out of all of us and I think when it happens like that there’s a greater power behind the song and God is really leading and guiding you.”
With influences like Easton Corbin, Chris Young and Luke Bryan, Justin has always taken things from the best. When it comes to comparing his voice and stage presence to another artist, Frankie is often compared to Kenny Chesney and Neal McCoy. Justin also possesses an individuality that’s hard to come by in today’s genre. KRGI’s Derek Beck says, “Frankie has one of those voices that screams country music! This is an artist we’ll be playing for a long time.” WQNZ’s Andrew Duhl has said “He is one piece of content away from his breakout.” With a vision for the future and a tight grasp on where he comes from, Justin is an undeniable modern, country artist.