Justine Blazer is a Nashville producer, singer, songwriter, and recording artist. She is taking the world by storm combining her edgy country/pop/rock with a touch of Detroit soul. The Women of Country recently sat down with Justine to hear more about her journey from winning the Nationwide Ram Trucks Battle of The Bands Competition to touring Europe.
Justine is originally from Southfield, MI, a northern suburb of Detroit. Her childhood was consumed with dance lessons beginning at age 3. Next, began the voice lessons, acting, piano, and then mastering the art of recording/songwriting/producing at age 13. While attending school, she was often forced to miss class due to jobs and bookings. In return, her fellow classmates teased her for being so focused and driven at a young age.
Justine’s family has been a major source of support and inspiration, helping her navigate this crazy industry. Owning her own dance studio for 12 years, her mother was the one that introduced Justine to this lifestyle. Justine’s husband doubles as her tour manager, and recording studio manager. Her brother-in-law was her first guitar player. Talk about a family business!
Drawing inspiration from Reba, Patsy Cline, Linda Perry, Sylvia Massy, Machine, and Shane McAnally is what set Justine’s sights on becoming a star. Despite hailing from the birthplace of, “The Motown Sound,” Justine always loved country music. She has worked with numerous promoters, publicists, and labels throughout the years from Sony Red, Rick Hendrix, Ram Trucks, and more. Her mentor, Billy Decker, has 16 number 1 hits and has worked with Sam Hunt, Chris Young, Dustin Lynch, Justin Moore, and Rodney Atkins to name a few.
Having written hundreds of songs completing 7 full albums , Justine has plenty of experience and advice for up and coming artists. She says, “Learn as much as you can about the industry, the business and having a full grasp of reality and expectations. Also, don’t try to be like anybody else. Do what you do well and own it. Also, be nice to everybody, make friends with everybody. Try to avoid burning bridges at all costs. This is a very small industry at the end of the day. Also focus on trying to get a brand not just sing and write songs. Find a brand that is unique to you but yet relatable to the masses”
Don’t expect Justine to be slowing down any time soon. She plans to continue pushing the boundaries, perfecting her craft, continuing to write songs, and inspiring others through her work. She is an avid follower and supporter of all women in the music industry. Justine is proud to be in this undeniable sisterhood, she says, “I support any woman out there trying to do it. It’s a tough industry but if we stick together we can make a lot happen.”
You can stream Justine Blazer on any major streaming platform. Her website is justineblazer.com and you can follow her on social media at @JustineBlazer.