justin young

justin young

BandPopSinger/Songwriter

Jack johson meets Maxwell - Neo-singer/songwriter from Hawai'i with an extensive career in the islands moves to a broader stage...Playing organic pop/rock/soul..."Just give me a mic and a guitar!"

Biography

“I recorded my first very ‘homemade’ demo on a karaoke machine in 8th grade. I took it with me to the Boyz II Men concert and gave it to a security guard to pass on to them. I’m still waiting for them to call.”

Justin Young did get his first call though, after a high school economics project landed him in a local recording studio. The class voted to market and sell a cassette of Justin and a couple of friends performing three songs. The first studio they called agreed to donate studio time. The owner was so impressed that a few months later they offered Justin a record deal through their independent label.

Over the next five years, Justin would accumulate 12 number one radio hits in Hawaii, over 70,000 units sold and three Hawaiian Music Awards. Justin has enjoyed his success in the islands but it has never tempered his drive to broaden his audience and his music. In 2000, Justin left Hawai’i for Los Angeles where he attended a two-year music program at UCLA Extention. “I’m really grateful for what I’ve been able to do in Hawai’i and for everything I’ve learned, on-the-job. But I’ve always hoped it would be a stepping stone.”

Continuing to perform and write, Justin has evolved into an eclectic singer/songwriter who has a true gift to communicate to his audience. Perhaps his greatest appeal, however, is his sheer ability to cross multiple genres at once. Justin combines his favorite elements from the pop/rock-singer/songwriter and the neo-soul genres. His music is never confined to just one sound or style. “I love things that cross boundaries. Like most people, I listen to more than one style of music. I just try to take my favorite aspects from those genres and throw them together. The challenge is to make sure it’s still tasty when you’re done with it.” Justin’s talent and skill in bringing multiple elements to the stage have allowed him to collaborate on various songs featured in such movies as Shallow Hal and An Uninvited Guest. Justin currently lives and performs in Los Angeles and has been traveling to New York City to work with producer/engineer Ed Tuton (Alana Davis, Maxwell, Eagle Eye Cherry). These sessions, along with previous home recordings, combine to create Justin's latest release, "demo sessions..."

Lyrics

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Written By: justin young

she fed you and led you
since the day you were born
and she gives you all that she makes
would you treat your mother that way
and take more than she creates

CH:
you're not alone
even though you've been tryin'
to feed your own
but there 'aint no other kind
we share a home
your dirty laundry is mine
and it all comes back around
'cause it's all attached....somehow

we're made of the same stuff
ashes and dust
but all you see is a different face
now would you treat your brother that way
and claim more right to his fate

CHORUS

forget what you have seen
your eyes create the spaces between
there 'aint no way to separate
an ocean that's been made from smaller streams...

CHORUS