Grammy-nominated kids performer Justin Roberts is one of the most popular acts on the national scene. He's been featured in the New York Times, USA Today, and the Today Show. Most importantly, his shows are non-stop fun for the whole family! Mei caught up with Justin for a quick Q&A. Get tickets here!
Where was the first your first show? My first show as a kids artist was at a Barnes and Noble in suburban Minneapolis/St Paul area in 1997. I thought I could simply play the songs and kids would sit and listen. They soon wandered off and I realized I would have to make some changes to the live show to keep the audience engaged.
What artist/ band would you say you are most influenced by? That's a difficult question because I think I'm influenced by everything I listen to from the phrasing of frank Sinatra to the power pop of fountains of Wayne. If I had to choose just one person, I'd say Brian Wilson because I've spent a lifetime trying to understand his hauntingly beautiful melodies and arrangements. A true genius!
Favorite Foods: A perfectly made french omelette with fresh herbs.
What is one of your most memorable or off-the-wall touring experiences? Gerald and Liam and I got to do an impromptu private performance of one song for Reverend Desmond Tutu in an American Airlines Admirals Club in Denver. That was pretty surreal. I also was asked to sing my version of buddy holly's rave on for Brian Wilson over and over during a sound check. Then he started singing his own counterpoint backup melodies with me. Those two are two of the craziest.
What two words would best describe your music? Nostalgic kidpop.