From: CA, United States
Genre: Pop, Pop-Folk
This time of year young teens are thinking about taking tests, thinking about finals and Proms, seventeen year-old Justine Dorsey, who tested out of high school at sixteen and is currently in college, is thinking about spreading the word of her EP Unsaid. Then there is a career in music and a tour to plan.
Needless to say, Justine is not your average teenager.
Her maturity also shows in her music – music which has earned her lavish attention and praise and attracted BMI and Grammy award-winning songwriter Randy Sharp as her producer. Randy is a member of the “Million-Airs club,” for professional songwriters whose songs have been played at least a million times on radio.
This is a seventeen-year-old who cites as inspirations Cole Porter (“one of the greatest songwriters of all time,” says Justine) and The Beatles (“what they had there was magic”), who started singing around the time she started walking, and picked up the guitar at age thirteen.
Ultimately, Justine hopes to see herself following in the footsteps of Taylor Swift, who was also just a teen when she became a star.
“One day my Mom told me about this girl named Taylor Swift, and she said, “Look at this girl – she's so young, but she's writing music and they're good songs! I really think you could do this.” So I googled “how to write a song” and wrote [a song called] “English Rose.” … All I can say is thank God for Taylor. She's opened so many doors for young people in this industry.”
Every once in a while the young girl shows in Justine, like when she says that she hums Disney songs to help calm her nerves before stepping on stage, or when she says that she likes “macarons and rainy weather and Harry Potter a little too much.”
However, when she performs live, audiences are wowed. On stage she is composed, professional and charismatic. Her voice is BIG and her presence electrifying. Fans light up her Facebook page with praise:
“You were wonderful tonight at Pepperland Music. With your sincere and intimate style you have a direct channel to the listener. People work on (creating stage presence) for years.”
“I met you at Gypsy Den tonight. I just finished listening to your CD and it is an amazing piece of art.”
“A rising star!”
Much of that praise is aimed at Justine's new EP, a four-song collection of original music. Sneak previews are available on Justine's Facebook page:www.facebook.com/justinedorsey, The title song, “Unsaid” is the single.
“I think 'Unsaid' defines me as an artist,” says Justine. “When I finished writing that song, I really under-appreciated it. But then I ended up playing it for people and got such an amazing response.” She now counts "Unsaid" as one of her favorite songs she's ever written.
“Unsaid” is about “a specific person who came into my life and left a big impression on me, but I never got the chance to tell him. Just as soon as he entered my life, he left it. That sort of thing fascinates me: There are these moments you have with virtual strangers that in the grand scheme of things are just a small blip on the screen. . . but they change you. And they will never know it.”
Justine has become an award winning artist winning Singer/Songwriter of the Year at the Malibu Music Awards. Currently, Justine is being courted by a major Indie label (when the ink dries, you will be the first to know!) and is getting ready to record a video with Kurt Hugo Schneider whose YouTube channel counts 1.9 million subscribers and over ½ billion views. Justine is on a roll!