Hello, I’m Justin.

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Musician

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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Author

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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Speaker

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.


Curator

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: Inspiration Fizzles

    Inspiration generally gets me to the foot of the mountain. But once I’m there, inspiration often fizzles because the mountain doesn’t look like the mountain anymore. It looks like a steep hill and lots of short steps carrying a cheese-ob- sessed toddler on my back. It looks like a spreadsheet or a blank page instead of a finished book. It looks like cliché and bad transitions instead of a song. In short, it looks like work. That’s because it is work. And if it’s not work, I’d sincerely question if it’s art. Inspiration gets us started—but at some point, we’ve simply got[...]
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    Title Pending: Are You A Sellout?

    It is easy to romanticize the image of the “starving artist.” But there is no intrinsic value in failure. Just as there is no intrinsic anathema in success. If you choose to sell what you make, then for the sake of all things worth swearing by, don’t believe for a minute that doing so makes you a sellout. Some art sells. Some doesn’t. Making art with a broad appeal is an art-form in and of itself. Every person I know who writes music that hits “the charts” is a hard-working, disciplined artist who is not only diligent, but expert in their[...]

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