Biography: Three-time GRAMMY Nominee Justin Roberts is truly one of the “all-stars” of the indie family music scene. For nearly 20 years, Justin has been creating the soundtrack to families’ lives, crafting songs that navigate the joys and sorrows of growing up. Justin’s 2018 GRAMMY nomination is for his 13th recording for families titled Lemonade, a return to the simplicity of his earliest albums. He logs thousands of miles on the road each year and has traveled the globe performing from Hong Kong to New York, and Miami to Seattle. With numerous national awards and a devoted fan base, Justin Roberts & the Not Ready for Naptime Players dish out unexpectedly intelligent and whimsically rocking music for kids and their parents.
Roberts began his music career in the 1990’s, performing in the Minneapolis-based indie-rock band, Pimentos for Gus. He decided to “moonlight” as a Montessori preschool teacher, and it wasn’t long before Justin began writing and singing songs for a new generation of fans: his students. The kids immediately responded and inspired Justin to record some of his new songs and send them out to a few friends for Christmas. One of the gift recipients was Liam Davis, a college pal and music producer, who suggested they record the songs professionally.
In 1997, Justin released his first family CD, Great Big Sun, and the critics took note. Justin’s music was soon being compared to everyone from Elvis Costello and Fountains of Wayne to Paul Simon, ELO and Nick Lowe. Justin hit the road doing what he loves most, playing music for appreciative crowds. Kiddie mosh pits broke out, word spread and shows started selling out.
Justin has performed in front of millions of people on The Today Show, he’s been featured on Nick Jr. TV, and his song “Get Me Some Glasses” was on a World Series broadcast. He’s received three GRAMMY nominations, for Jungle Gym in 2011, Recess in 2013, and Lemonade in 2018.
Recent appearances include performances at NYC’s New Victory Theater, DC’s National Geographic Live, LA’s Getty Museum, Seattle’s Moore Theater, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, and Chicago’s Ravinia.