Born in Melbourne, Australia, to an English father and South African mother, Justin Stephenson was raised under the influence of a very musical family & began singing and playing piano at the age of 3. Since graduating with a Bachelor of Music degree in 2001 (majoring in Jazz Vocal) in Brisbane, Justin has taken his talent around Australia, notably the Australia Day celebrations at Hyde Park in Sydney in 2001, and at the Melbourne Jazz Festival in 2004. Justin has also performed with the likes of soul/funk singer/bassist Doug Williams, and master Melbourne jazz pianist Bob Sedergreen.
In 2002, Justin created his soul and r&b band J-Funk, and performed regularly around Queensland until 2006.
Justin has an endless number of vocal & musical influences, including the many talented musicians he has been closely associated with over the years. Justin has been influenced by jazz and soul artists who have excelled in the studio and in live shows: Stevie Wonder, Al Jarreau, John Coltrane, D’Angelo, The Roots, and Patrice Rushen are his greatest influences. These influences shine through in his brilliant vocal and band arrangements and compositions. Justin has the excellent ability to perform, sing, work the crowd and MD his musicians all at once.
From a very young age, Justin has also been able to use his vocal, composition and arranging talent for the work of God, having been brought up a Christian, arranging for his churches’ choirs and orchestras in Australia and the UK.
Justin relocated to London UK in 2006, recording 2 studio albums, “Breakthru” (released in 2008) and “Meant To Be” (released in 2011). These creations blended catchy melodies, slick vocal and instrumental harmony, funky rhythms and jazz orientated chords to create a style unique in sound.
In early 2007, Justin made it through to the London Final of the “Live & Unsigned” competition, after competing with over 10,000 entrants and progressing through many preliminary stages.
Justin’s time in London saw many great live performances and showcasing the music from his 2 albums, performing shows in many countries such as the USA, Ireland, Sweden, Germany and Portugal, as well as all around the UK.
In 2013, Justin moved back to Brisbane, Australia, and is currently performing jazz (Justin Stephenson Ensemble) and soul and r&b (J-Funk) music regularly in venues and at functions in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast, as well as performing around Australia.