Justin Nellis is that rare singer/songwriter with a piano under is arm. Based in Minneapolis, MN, he brings his jazz improv roots to bear on every track, accentuating his lyrics with rich, jazz-influenced changes that move his compositions way beyond the typical 3-chord-verse-chorus-verse-chorus structure. While comparisons to other piano playing songwriters are inevitable, Justin has a style, and way with words, that is all his own. If you’re a fan of piano-driven pop/jazz fusion, you won’t be disappointed. Available here.
The last cut on the album is a wonderful, upbeat reinterpretation of Beyonce’s “Halo”. Check out the live acoustic version from Beyonce for comparison.