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Justis Kao

Singer-Songwriter

Justis Kao blends the sounds of Pop, R&B, Gospel, Jazz and Funk to create music that inspires the soul. He won Best Male Singer/Songwriter for the Los Angeles Music Awards. On Season 1 of The XFactor USA with Simon Cowell, he sang background vocals for the top 12 contestants including winner, Melanie Amaro, as well as R. Kelly, Avril Lavigne and Alanis Morissette.

Originally from Toronto, Canada, Justis graduated with a degree in Contemporary Writing & Production from Berklee College of Music in Boston. Trained as a classical pianist while heavily influenced by the sounds of Gospel, Jazz and Rhythm & Blues, Justis’ music has been likened to the sounds of Brian McKnight, Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys and Bruno Mars. Justis has been performing locally in Los Angeles at singer/songwriter hotspots like Room 5, Molly Malone's, House of Blues and has sung the national anthems for the Toronto Raptors, LA Kings, LA Clippers and LA Lakers at Staples Center. He has toured nationally and internationally as an independent artist through Europe, India, Asia and South Africa.

Production:
TERRON BROOKS - Eddie from "The Temptations", Background Vocals for Phil Collins & Matthew Morrison

LUCAS KERR - supermodel with Soul Artist Management, Boyfriend to Katy Perry in "PART OF ME" music video, upcoming in "Red Dawn" with Chris Hemsworth

“I write because I want to express through music what I often don’t know how to say. Music is the one thing that transcends all racial, ethnic, cultural and language barriers. As a singer and songwriter, I hope that my voice and music will inspire this generation to live a life full of dreams and passion.”

Performances

  • Performed at Kollaboration Los Angeles in 2008
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