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"Justis Kao's charismatic singing voice grabs me from the first note. His compositions evoke feelings of Stevie Wonder and classic R&B. He's a winner for me! I can't wait to see him in concert."

Legendary Mastering Engineering, Mastering Engineer for the Invisible Album, Bob Katz - Bob Katz


"Justis Kao is a wonderful musician who has
multifaceted skills: he's a fine vocalist, songwriter and a keyboardist who creates intricate figures and interesting harmonies that compliment his silky, mellifluous voice"

Jack Perricone, Songwriting Chair, Berklee College of Music - Jack Perricone, Berklee College of Music



Dang! That boy can sing! And play too! Justis Kao’s Invisible is absolutely fantastic and utterly flawless! The intro packs all the funk you can into a melody so smooth you could drink it like water. There is more soul in this track than your on uncle John’s hiking boots!

Not only is he a quality pianist, but he is also a true poet. Kao is definitely an amazing artist and Invisible is definitely a superior song. His melodies are rich and moving and his vocal delivery maintains a certain gentle nature that almost becomes enchanting.

- Jonathan Ammons, Gods of Music Review


Discography

My Life For You (EP) - released May 2000
Invisible (EP) - released August 2003
Acoustically Me (EP) - released September 2005
on 104.7iRADIO (Los Angeles)
You Took Me In (Single Release) - March 2006

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Bio

JUSTIS KAO
Singer . Songwriter . Pianist . Arranger . Producer

Twenty-five-year-old artist Justis Kao blends the sounds of pop, R&B, Gospel, Jazz and Funk to create music that inspires the soul. He is a winner of The Upper Room Recording Studio's Bandsearch 2000 soloist category, a two-time winner in the God's Gift Music songwriting competition, winner of the 2004 Waterwind Songwriting Competition, a finalist in the John Lennon Scholarship Contest and a recipient of Berklee's World Scholarship.

With the release of his third EP, “ACOUSTICALLY ME”, Justis brings his songs in an acoustic medium, raw with emotion from his own experiences.

“I write because I want to express through music what I often don’t know how to say. Music is the one thing that transcends all racial, ethnic, cultural and language barriers. As a songwriter, I hope that my music might be able to encourage and inspire others.”

Originally from Toronto, Canada, Justis graduated with a degree in Contemporary Writing & Production from Berklee College of Music in Boston. Trained as a classical pianist, Justis has been performing since the age of six in various showcases and competitions in Toronto. Having produced two albums and various live concerts in Toronto, Montreal, Boston, San Francisco, Minneapolis, South Africa, Swaziland and Mozambique, Justis is now taking on a new challenge: Los Angeles, California. Justis has since produced several concerts in the Los Angeles area and just played to a sold-out audience at the Japan America Theater opening for Jazz group, Kilaeua.