Born into a large family of performers, Justin and his six sibling were raised by their mother (who’s half sister is actress Kyra Sedgwick) and has said that his family has “always created together.” His R&B singer brother, George gained mainstream popularity with his 2007 single “Lie to Me”. Justin began song writing at only 12 years old and some of these pieces, such as Supposed to Grow Old, were released on his first album, proving his exceptional talent. Justin attended St. Andrews College in his adolescent years where he learned to play guitar from classmates. He then continued on to the Etobicoke School of Arts, which he graduated from in 2007. Following his graduation, Jason recorded songs with Universal Records producer Bill Bell. This led the company to offer him a deal to sign with the label. However, Justin impressively declined the offer deciding that he wanted to “record an album on his own with his own freedom.” He then went on to license with Coalition Entertainment Records (Warner Music) in Canada and Glassnote Records in the US.
In 2007 Justin released Holly, which he charmingly named after his mother. The album features 11 songs plus a hidden song, If I Gave You My Life, after the final track. And who doesn’t love a hidden song? Following its release Justin was nominated for “New Artist of the Year” at the Juno’s. His music has since been used on promo commercials for VH1 and MTV. He’s also toured throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe with artists such as Marie Digby, Jay Nash, and Missy Higgins. His second album, You I Wind Land and Sea was released in April of 2010 to extremely positive reviews. Justin has been described as Canada’s solution to the blue-eyed soul/rock music embodied by artists such as Citizen Cope and Ray LaMontagne.
So Why Would You Like Him?
Why would you like him? Justin is a musician who is truly dedicated to his music, as proven by his bold decision to turn down an offer with Universal Music in order to avoid sacrificing his vision. Despite his rock solid values he does not take himself too seriously, saying, “I don’t like to look at anything professionally. I try to keep everything life-orientated.” He is simply a sincere guy trying to make good music.
Why you might recognize him:
-Justin was one of the 50 Canadian artist who contributed to the reworked version of K-naan’s “Waving Flag” that helped to raise awareness and relief for Haiti after being devastated by an earthquake in 2010.
-A younger Justin appeared in Degrassi: The Next Generation (Season 4) as Chester, alongside two of his brothers.
Check him out:
Justin Nozuka – Mr. Therapy Man
Justin Nozuka – My Heart is Yours
Justin Nozuka will be performing on Wednesday, November 23rd at the London Music Hall. Tickets are $15 and are available at mitsc.ca or InfoSource in the UCC.