From Tennessee to Texas to New York to Lisbon,
4x Grammy Award-winning Justin Stanton has allowed the infinite opportunities found in the world of music to lead him across the globe.
As a trumpet player, keyboardist, composer, and producer, Justin has developed a reputation as a multi-faceted musician who can serve an essential role to whichever artist he is contributing, both onstage and in the studio.
Justin attended the prestigious University of North Texas, where he performed for two years in the One O'Clock Lab Band, recording three albums as well as performing at major festivals throughout Europe. While at North Texas, Justin joined the group Snarky Puppy that, since its humble beginnings, has gone on to earn five GRAMMY Awards. Justin has performed and recorded with the group since 2006, appearing on the majority of their numerous studio and live recordings.
In addition to Snarky Puppy, Justin maintains an active schedule performing, recording, and writing with a variety of original artists and groups, including his newest project with Becca Stevens, Gisela João, Louis Cato, and Michael League entitled Mirrors. Recorded over two weeks in Portugal amidst the many challenges presented during the pandemic, each person co-wrote a song with one another, yielding ten songs that are personal to the respective pair of songwriters yet are all unified through the collaborative co-production and recording process.
Justin appears on recordings with artists as diverse as David Crosby, Donald Fagen, Harry Shearer/Derek Smalls, Larry Carlton, Randy Brecker, Robert Glasper, Trombone Shorty, Kirk Franklin, Laura Mvula, and Salif Keita. He has also shared the stage with Joe Walsh, Michael McDonald, Toto, Derek Trucks, Terence Blanchard, Chris Potter, Eric Harland, and Fatoumata Diawara, to name a few.
Justin resides in Lisbon, Portugal, and is in constant demand for his ability as a multi-instrumentalist, knowledge of synthesis and sound design, familiarity with a broad spectrum of musical realms, and abundant creative energy.
Other solo releases from Justin include Secret Place, his genre-sweeping debut record of all-original material, and his exploration into Flor Peeters's 35 Miniatures for Organ on a host of classic synthesizers.