Hello, I’m Justin.

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I’ve been writing and releasing music since 1999. Music is the primary way I process life, both as a listener and a writer. About music, author Anne Lamott writes that music “lets us meet in places we could not get to any other way.” I agree.

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Storytelling plays a key role in my work and putting words to print is the fullest expression of that role.

My book, CMYK: The Process of Life Together, is a celebration of life lived in relationship and community. You can take a deeper look at that project by visiting the CMYK Project page.

My most recent book, “Title Pending: Things I Think About When I Make Stuff,” is a collection of stories and practices I’ve picked up as a professional creative.

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I deeply enjoy public teaching and storytelling. Whether I’m leading a workshop on the creative process, leading a retreat or talking about global poverty, I value the opportunity to encourage, challenge and inspire as a speaker. I particularly value the opportunity to speak on behalf of kids living in poverty and help connect them to sponsors through Compassion International.


I have the pleasure of curating and hosting a series of thoughtful and interactive events called At Sea Events. The series aims to foster a fuller and more inspired engagement with the world by highlighting good, true and beautiful cultural works as well as the artists, thinkers, curators, politicians and culture makers responsible for them.

“We are… like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea.” – C.S. Lewis


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 EP’s. 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.” Justin is available to sing, teach and lead.

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    Title Pending: You Are Always Beginning

    The hike to the top of Mt. Diablo is roughly seven and a half miles. And though I know that cognitively, I don’t climb the mountain with that number in mind - I climb it in sections. The first two miles are relatively easy, with a few short hills and plenty of flat ground between. When I finish that first sec- tion, I know that the next two miles are much more difficult. The grade is more like that of house stairs and every step I take becomes more intentional. Later in the climb is a section called Prospector’s Gap,[...]
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    Title Pending: Translation

    The grease board listed, in red and blue dry-erase marker, all the movements, reps and weights involved in the day's workout. I was familiar with everything on the board... with the exception of one word. I'd never seen it before in this context. So, I went ahead and took a radical step... I asked what it meant. The instructor looked at me quizzically and responded "Are you sure you should be in this class?" "I'd like to be in this class." I said. "Well, you need to be familiar with the terms." The gentleman next to me bent at the hip, leaned toward me and said[...]

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