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Justin Roberts

Author / Musical Performer

Three-time GRAMMY-nominee Justin Roberts is one of the all-stars of the indie family music scene. He logs thousands of miles on the road each year, leading some to call him one of the hardest working men in children's show business.

Justin began his music career in the early 1990s with the Minneapolis-based indie rock band Pimentos for Gus, but his love for kid’s music grew from his day job as a Montessori preschool teacher. It wasn't long before he began writing and singing songs for a new generation of fans. His first album, Great Big Sun, was released in 1997 and he was soon being compared to everyone from Elvis Costello and Fountains of Wayne to Paul Simon, ELO and Nick Lowe.

He has played at renowned venues and festivals, including Lollapalooza, Chicago's Ravinia, L.A.'s Getty Museum, Symphony Space and D.C.'s National Geographic Live. He has performed on The Today Show, been featured on Nick Jr. television and his song "Get Me Some Glasses" was featured on a World Series broadcast.  He recently wrote the score for a new musical, Hansel and Gretel, produced by Chicago’s Emerald City Theatre which premiered in November 2014.

Justin’s first picture book, The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade, illustrated by Christian Robinson, was published in 2014. The story is based on Justin’s classic tune, “Billy the Bully.” His newest picture book is The Great Henry Hopendower.

Learn more about Justin Roberts on his website.


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