Berklee Student

Justin Lacey

Berklee Student
Writer/Performer/Teacher/Arranger 
Boston
Member since 2010

About Me

You will fall in love with Justin’s breezy, tender, and controlled tone, whether singing a folk/rock song like James Taylor’s Fire and Rain, a pop/blues song like John Mayer’s Gravity, or a jazz classic such as Frank Sinatra’s Come Fly With Me. His down to earth friendly personality, his sense of humor and confidence on stage, put together with the sound of his voice, will make you want to listen for hours. This is a talented young musician you don’t want to miss.

In addition to performing, Justin is a gifted songwriter, rhythm guitarist and pianist. He currently is finishing a degree in Professional Music at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. He loves performing as a soloist, with big bands and with small singing groups. Currently he manages and performs with a barbershop quartet that specializes in holiday music as well as being a manager and lead singer for his band Nocturnal Light, which he and his roommate formed last year and just released their first album, “Some Day Soon”. Back home in Oregon he is a favorite headliner at Oliver’s Restaurant as well as a performer at various other restaurants around the area.

AT AN EARLY AGE
Justin has loved music since he was a young child. Though confident now, in his younger years he was very shy and reluctant to share his gift, even with his family. When he was in seventh grade his older sister got engaged. She demanded that he sing at her wedding. In preparation, a family friend began teaching him guitar and taking him to an open mic. Justin began performing regularly and joined the choir in Middle School. At age 12, he was selected for the Oregon Music Educator’s All State Honors Choir.

THE HIGH SCHOOL YEARS
When Justin entered high school music took on a greater role in his life. He was a lead tenor/baritone in three choirs during his high school years—the High School Concert choir, an audition only high school performance choir called the Crimsonnaires, and a private audition only choir called Ovation! At the same time he was the Lead Vocalist & Rhythm Guitarist with the Euphony Brothers. Justin was selected twice more for the All-State Honors Choir and was also selected for the American Choral Directors Association All Northwest Honor’s Choir. At the end of his high school years he was voted Best Male Vocalist in his class and put on the school’s Music Wall of Fame. The Euphony Brothers and friends were also selected to perform at their High School Graduation.

In 2009, Justin won 3rd place in a “Singing in the Burbs” vocal contest. In 2010, he followed up by winning 1st place singing his original song “South for the Winter.”

GIVING BACK
Justin also believes in giving back to his community. Justin and the Euphony Brothers Band donated their time and performed for two years at “Bridging the Gap,” which helped raise money to avoid teacher layoffs in the local school district. They also gave their time to perform for “Arts in the Burbs,” which is a venue to display the talent of local artists of all types and which raised money for local school art programs. Additionally, Justin taught a music program at Childs View Montessori School singing with the children and teaching basic music principals to pre-school, kindergarten and elementary kids.

Whether he is performing covers or his own original music, you will be mesmerized by Justin’s voice and talent. You’ll be looking forward to hearing more.

Experience & Education

Current

  • Performer (Sing/Piano/Guitar) for Justin Lacey Music
    May 2013 to Present (over 5 years)

    Performances at a variety of venues in both Oregon and Boston, MA. Including: Ruby Tuesday, Oliver's Restaurant, Tree's Restaurant, weddings, private parties, Tigard Oregon Ballon Festival, various bars and wine lounges, coffee shops, and church performances.

  • Lead Singer/Guitar & Piano/Writer for Nocturnal Light
    February 2013 to Present (over 5 years)

    Lead singer and instrumentalist for the band Nocturnal Light who recently released their first album "Some Day Soon" in August 2013

  • Founder/Instructor for Just Music Co.
    September 2012 to Present (over 6 years)

    Just Music Co. is a music lesson business which I founded in 2012. Teaching private voice and piano to kids and adults of various ages in Portland, Oregon & Boston, MA. Have also taught a basic music course to pre-school and elementary age children at Child's View Montessori School

  • Work Study Student Manager for Berklee College of Music Ensemble Office
    September 2011 to Present (over 7 years)

    Have been working at the Berklee Ensemble Equipment office for the past 2 years. Currently am a student manager. In charge of distributing equipment, setting up rooms, office upkeep and misc. tasks, management/coordination of other employees and new employee training.

  • Manager & Vocalist for Back Bay Barbershop
    September 2010 to Present (over 8 years)

    Manage and perform with a holiday barbershop group which I formed in 2010. I'm responsible for picking music, booking, and leading rehearsals. Back Bay Barbershop performed at The Prudential Center in 2010 & '12 and Christmas in Boston in 2010. We are currently planning 2013 holiday performances

Past

  • Teacher's Assistant for Child's View Montessori School
    June 2009 to August 2010 (about a year)

    Worked as a teacher's assistant in the Summers of 2009 & '10. Responsible for watching children, preparing activities, cleaning, preparing snack, and occasional office work

  • Performer for Bridging the Gap
    July 2009 to July 2010 (about a year)

    Volunteered as a performer at the "Bridging the Gap" fundraiser in Tigard, OR which raised money in order to avoid teacher layoffs and budget cuts in the Tigard/Tualatin School District. Performed for this event in July '09 and July '10

  • Performer for Arts in the Burbs
    June 2009 to June 2009 (less than a month)

    Volunteered as a performer for "Arts in the Burbs" event in Tigard, OR, which raised money for arts programs in the Tigard/Tualatin School District

Education

  • Professional Music Degree in Writing/Performance at Berklee College of Music
    2010 to 2014 (4 years)