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Justin Rock

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After two releases in one year and a third on the way in 2012, Justin Rock continues to hone his own unique voice proving to be one of our times great multifaceted artists. On certain nights he takes the stage as a singer songwriter, leading the audience through unexplored fresh soundscapes under shadows of melancholia. On other nights he can be found in jazz bands improvising melodies over swinging ride cymbals and walking bass lines. Whatever the style, and whatever the setting, Justin’s music manages to find a place in every type of music while consistently maintaining an honest and expressive sound.

Justin’s musical exposure began at a young age. Born into a musical household, he recollects hearing all kinds of music. Justin remembers the early sounds of everything from Chopin to Bill Evans to Spyro Gyra. These influences led to many early childhood instrumental experiences. Starting with the xylophone, then piano lessons, followed by the trumpet and choir, Justin eventually found his way to the instrument that would influence him the most, the guitar. Onwards and upwards though elementary/middle/high school, Justin dabbled with many other instruments, playing the bass and guitar in bands with older peers and the drums, bass, and guitar in his high school jazz band. After high school and a year in Chicago going to school at DePaul university and mostly compiling original music in his spare time, Justin returned to Detroit where he enrolled at Wayne State University for jazz studies and guitar performance. This is where Justin discovered his drive. “Every single morning I would roll into Detroit at 7am, take the elevator up to the top floor, and completely consume myself in practice.

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