When Johnny Cash’s nephew handed him his first guitar at 8 years old, something sparked. Justin embarked on a musical journey and hasn’t looked back. Cutting his teeth in legendary Nashville venues like The Bluebird Café, Nashville Palace, Tootsies and countless songwriters rounds; he honed in on what his crowd craved and took it on the road. Playing hundreds of venues, fairs, and festivals in the Northeast and the South, he’s created a fresh, dynamic show with unrelentless energy that gravitates people to him. Opening for LOCASH, John Anderson, Parmalee, High Valley, Dwight Yoakam, and Easton Corbin, he’s making a connection with people show by show and track by track. Justin explains with a smile, “ It’s moments like LOCASH bringing you on stage, John Anderson sharing life lessons backstage, Easton Corbin telling you 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 says. During his publishing deal, Justin wrote, “Summer Lover.” A pounding anthem that embodies long July nights not spent alone, which was his first single to country radio. “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. Brought to you by the writers who wrote and produced “Buy Me a Boat” by Chris Janson, “Remind Me” by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, “Peter Pan” by Kelsea Ballerini and many more. “It’s a hit,” “That’s the one,” and “I can’t get that out of my head,” has been quoted by program directors and fans. “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 and what an honor it is to be able to work with him,” Justin explains.
The next track, 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 be like and I think ‘Spotlight’ is right on point with that.”
In a studio in the Berry Hill section of Nashville, Justin 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 light 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, but when it comes to comparing his voice to someone, with one listen, anyone can attest he doesn’t sound like anybody. He has an individuality that’s hard to come by in today’s genre. Radio 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.