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Interview: Get to know Boston pop singer Justin Dearborn

The Boston-based musician continues his trek to stardom.

Boston has become a hub for musicians to hone their craft and release music to the ears of eager listeners. Justin Dearborn does it with pop music.

He started singing and writing songs when he was about 10 years old and has been doing it professionally since he was 17. Dearborn said he started singing because he got a karaoke for his birthday on which he would sing and drive everyone in his house crazy. He said it is how he began singing.

As soon as he started singing and writing songs at 10 years old, Dearborn knew that he wanted to do this as a career. His musical interests include a lot of pop, some hip-hop and country music, which he has been listening to more. He looks up to artists like Madonna, but says life is his main inspiration for his music.

The entry of digital music streaming has changed the way music has been shared for the last decade or so. Dearborn is an artist who takes advantage of this. He shares his music on ReverbNation, a site that “helps Artists grow lasting careers by introducing them to music industry partners, exposing them to fans, and building innovative tools to promote” their music.

“Don’t be afraid to be yourself and take control of your projects.”

On his ReverbNation account, he features six original songs along with different covers by various artists such as Whitney Houston, Owl City, Mariah Carey and more. For a limited time, Dearborn is offering all of his songs free of charge as a thank you to his fans and supporters.

One of Dearborn’s songs, “Dignity,” is about standing up for yourself and not letting anyone take advantage of you, he said.

He hopes to inspire younger artists that may come across situations in the music business that are less than ideal. Other songs including “Lose It” are dance tracks that tell a story and describe what it is like to be in the moment.

“If you feel that this is the feels you want to be involved with just pursue it with all your heart,” Dearborn said. “Don’t be afraid to be yourself and take control of your projects.”

Performing music is a natural result of recording music. Dearborn plays around the city in nightclubs and has even fearlessly performed the National Anthem at the DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusetts, in front of 10,000 people.

Dearborn said performing in a concert arena with that many people is something he has always wanted to do, and if he can do that, he can definitely keep on going with his career. Other places and performances include Canobie Lake Park, The Hard Rock Cafe in Boston and charity events for cancer and Relay for Life.
This year, Dearborn performed at the 48th annual Boston Pride festival on June 9.

The future looks grand for the pop star. Five to 10 years from now, Dearborn aspires to have released a full-length album for sale and to have toured around the United States.

To keep up with Justin Dearborn’s music, you can find him on ReverbNation, Facebook and Twitter. Look out for his new single “Crucify,” releasing very soon!

Cynthia Munrayos
Cynthia is an incoming junior at the University of Rhode Island, and is a double major in English and Journalism. She currently is a contributing writer for the Entertainment section at URI's Good Five Cent Cigar. She has an eclectic music taste that stretches from hip-hop, R&B and soul/jazz to punk, alternative rock and even a little ambient, electronic music every now and then. Apart from school, she sings on the side and contributes her vocals to the URI-based alt rock-R&B-fusion band, Nakamarra.

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