Since 1999, Justin McRoberts has been a constant and noteworthy presence in independent music. As a songwriter, author, storyteller and advocate, he is one of those rare artists who seamlessly blends artistry, honesty, and humor. Justin writes, “The arts help us to see ourselves and our world as part of a cohesive, Divinely-orchestrated story.”
Sharing songs and stories with an audience is where Justin’s gifts are most fully realized. His live shows strike an energetic balance between intellect and emotion. Including early releases with 5 Minute Walk Records, McRoberts has consistently made thoughtful and well-crafted music. His catalogue is made up of ten full-length albums, many of which are self-produced, and several EPs.
In 2013, Justin released his first book, entitled “CMYK: The Process Of Life Together.” CMYK is a collection of letters, song lyrics, and essays focusing on the essential nature of community -- a thoughtful celebration of relationships in practice. The project is visually enhanced by the contribution of artwork from three guest artists, Macha Suzuki (Los Angeles), Dylan Mortimer (Kansas City) and Laura VanDuren (Oakland). Justin’s next book release is a collection of essays focused on his creative process, entitled “Title Pending: Things I Think About When I Make Stuff.”
Central to Justin’s work is advocacy on behalf of the poor and oppressed through Compassion International. “Not only do the poor need us,” he writes, “we need the poor to remind us what being human is about. In the same way that the poor learn to identify themselves with their lack, the well-off learn to identify themselves with their comforts. It is in the meeting of the two that we can recognize ourselves and one another as human.”