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J-Funk infuses catchy melodies and slick vocal and instrumental harmonies, with funky rhythms, and jazz orientated chords to create his own versatile, slick and marketable style of funky soul music. Born in Melbourne, Australia, to an English father and South African mother, Justin Stephenson was raised under the influence of a very musical family & began singing and playing piano at the age of 3. Graduating with a Bachelor of Music degree in 2001 (majoring in Jazz Vocal) in Brisbane, Justin has taken his talents to Sydney and Melbourne, notably the Australia Day celebrations at Hyde Park in Sydney in 2001, and at the Melbourne Jazz Festival in 2004. Both of these performances were in collaboration with his two aunts - Trude and Anastasia Aspeling who are accomplished vocalists in Sydney & Melbourne respectively. Justin has also performed with the likes of soul/funk singer/bassist Doug Williams, & master Melbourne jazz pianist Bob Sedergreen, as well as Bob's son, Stephen, also a jazz pianist. Relocating to London UK in 2006, J-Funk created his debut album entitled "Breakthru", receiving radio airplay and positive reviews on the way. The "Breakthru live" show was unleashed all around London and the UK throughout 2007 and 2008.

In early 2007, J-Funk made it through to the London Final of the "Live & Unsigned" competition, after competing with over 10,000 entrants and progressing through many preliminary stages. J-Funk has also been consistently performing throughout the UK and Europe with soul/funk covers acts The Big Girls Blues Band and Detroit Soul, taking audiences by storm in every performance. However in 2009, the culmination of hard work and persistence was rewarded when J-Funk was chosen from hundreds of talented submissions as the winner of the Ismael Records online talent search. J-Funk performed live in the USA for the very first time in January 2011, featuring as the headline artist at the "Chance of A Lifetime Talent Show", hosted by Ismael Records at the University of South Carolina. Justin has an endless number of vocal & musical influences, including the many talented musicians he has been closely associated with over the years. J-FUNK has been influenced by artists who excel in the studio and in live shows: Stevie Wonder, D

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