Nashville producer, singer, songwriter and recording artist, Justine Blazer, has been taking the country world by storm. Her unique style of edgy country/pop/rock is infused with a hint of Detroit soul and modern vibes.
Blazer’s career launched when she won the Nationwide Ram Trucks Battle of the Bands competition. That lead to an extensive tour playing 250 dates a year coast to coast opening for Jason Aldean, Justin Moore, Lee Brice, Lonestar and more, while receiving endorsements from Luna Guitars, Dean Guitars, Chrysler Incorporated and more.
Justine, how did you get your start in music?
I’ve been studying music my whole life. My mother owned a dance studio for 12 years. I started dance lessons at the age of 3 and my passion for music grew further from those experiences. I started singing lessons at age 5, which lead to many competitions and different opportunities. I received my first paid show at age 7, where I sang at a mall. I continued studying piano, music theory and voice throughout my childhood years. Eventually it led to my full-time music career.
Detroit has so many great artists who also call it home — how has it influenced your music?
It’s influenced my career majorly. With many artists that stem from Detroit, the cross of different genres, its constant inspiration. Some of my biggest influenced are Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, Smoky Robinson, Eminem, White Stripes and many others!
What do you find most inspires you to write songs?
Personal experiences, people I meet, places I go. When I co-write, I throw ideas off of them to gather more ideas and further inspiration.
Who are your favorite current songwriters or musicians? Can you turn our readers on to someone they may not have heard of yet?
Grace Potter, Maren Morris, Bonnie Raitt, Judy Garland, Pasty Cline, Reba, Shane McAnally, Linda Perry and many other power songwriters/musician.
Tell us about your experience on and winning The Ram Battle of the Bands. What song(s) inspired “New Country Beat?”
At the time, country was more traditional. That wasn’t the kind of country I personally listened to. I liked artists such as Shania Twain and Garth Brooks. They really inspired me. I wanted to create a song that had some soul and funk that embodied a new sound of country music.
Recently Blazer started her Sonic Female podcast “because I wanted to create a voice and an outlet featuring musicians, artists and music professionals, mainly females but some men too. Every week I will be featuring a new episode with a guest ranging from songwriters to artists to vocalists to music managers to everything in between from pop to R&B to country and more.”
Your podcast Sonic Female — how did you choose Sarah Martin as your first guest?
Sarah Martin was the first major album I produced. Before Sarah, I was doing demos and work tapes for myself and different artists. Sarah was the first “major” album that I produced. Sarah was my first break-through project producing wise and now podcast.
Can fans request artists or send in questions for the podcast?
Absolutely! I highly encourage that. I just launched the first episode on May 21st. I’m looking forward to sharing this experience with my followers and listeners! I want to be as interactive as possible.
What stations/personalities influence your podcast interview style?
A current colleague of mine, John McLucas has his own podcast. I felt inspired because I was a guest on his show. I listen to Rolling Stones podcast and I really enjoy the vibe and style which is portrayed in my podcast. I want it to be entertaining and engaging.
What’s show prep for you?
I record all the episodes of Sonic Female ahead of the release date. I research many of my guests and learn more about their experiences. They come over to my studio and we go through many things including their stories, music, and much more! On the episodes, I edit the episodes and add their music on episodes of the podcast. I then upload that to my podcast host! I’ve learned so much about this on my own!
What are the backstories to the songs on your new album “Pioneer Soul Shaker?”
The story behind this song is I wanted to write something that was about persevering and continuing your path, despite how hard it may be. Becoming a pioneer of whatever your passionate about. For me, it’s music, but for others it could be being a parent, working a certain job or being the best version you can be, despite the obstacles. Each song on the album has personal connection, story and vibe.
With the new album being your seventh, how has your sound evolved?
My sound has evolved majorly. This was my first album in 5 years. If I enjoyed the song, I added it to my album. When someone listens to the album, they will experience many genres including country, pop, rock, soul, and much more! I just do what feels good. No longer am I trying to fit a standard or a format.
How important is it for you to be a writer on the songs you record?
It’s very important to me. I don’t sing songs unless I’m involved to the song. I personally have to feel connected to the song for me to record the song.
Who is on your 90s female playlist that others may have missed?
SheDaisy, Reba, Martina McBride, Faith Hill, Emily Lou Haris, Chely Wright, Terri Clark, Shania Twain, and many others.
How do you manage your time between the podcast, performing, writing, and personal life?
It’s very difficult, however I try to not over think about everything. I list out my daily tasks and I spread out those tasks throughout the day. I just do what I can get done in the day. I try to always have fun and not stress. I do ask for help. In the past I wouldn’t just because I tried to do everything myself. Now I have no problem asking for assistance when needed.
What are your plans & hopes for the future with regard to your music?
In the next couple weeks, I’m releasing my music video for “Replay”, which is off my album, “Pioneer Soul Shaker.” I’m continuing to grow my new podcast. Next year, I plan on releasing a new single every month. Also I’m learning how to make videos. I’m also working with many musicians/labels and being apart of their devolvement. Overall just having a blast doing what I love!