Justin Carey was born on August 22, 1978 in Ballston Spa, New York. The youngest of three children and born prematurely, he fell victim to an array of medical complications including blindness and congenital heart disease. Justin attended public school as a mainstream student and graduated in June 1998. He enrolled in computer courses at Schenectady Community College and has been employed as a switchboard operator and code desk responder at the Veteran’s Hospital. After a year on sabbatical Justin returned to SCC to study foreign language.
Justin learned how to play the piano at the tender age of four but it was his love of country music that was the driving force behind his desire to play the guitar. A lifetime enthusiast of traditional classic country, he has been publicly entertaining for more than five years. Justin’s performances are exclusive to legendaries Hank Williams Sr., Webb Pierce, Marvin Rainwater and many, many others.
On April 30,2000 he was inducted into the N.Y.S. Country Music Hall of Fame in Cortland, N.Y. Justin was called upon to be one of the opening acts for the Loretta Lynn Show in July 2000, for Charlie Pride in August 2001 and for Randy Travis in 2002. Justin appeared on several segments of Electric Country 2000, entertained at the Adirondack Grill and showcased at Corn-Fest. Justin can be found every Tuesday in the summer in Schenectady’s Central Park at an open jam. Justin makes guest appearances on Friday nights at the Glad Rags Saloon in Corinth and at Robin’s Nest on Sunday afternoons where classic country music prevails. Justin made a surprise guest appearance with the Bob Bates Band at the Louvin Brothers Show featuring Charlie Louvin in January 2001. Justin never hesitates to perform at benefits and fundraisers including a Disaster Benefit held at the Turning Stone Casino. He has appeared on Schenectady’s Public Access Fundraiser, The C.P. Telethon and many other benefits. Justin is locally well known for his organization of Music Aid a week long music marathon for the September 11th W.T.C. Disaster that was held outdoors in Wiswall Park in Ballston Spa, New York where he raised over $11,000.00. Justin also performed during a benefit at the Albany Veteran’s Administration in February 2005 and 2006 as a tribute to the military. Justin was nominated in 2001 and 2002 for the Northeast Country Music Association’s Sunrise Award. In March 2002 he won the award. In March 2003 he was nominated for the Male Vocalist of the Year Award. In April 2005 he performed in the Awards Show at the Egg in Albany New York where he was again nominated for Male Vocalist of the year as well as Songwriter of the year. Justin received the prestigious “Spirit of Country Music” Award at that show. This award is given to the performer who Has promoted and preserved country music and its traditions above and beyond throughout the great northeast.
Justin is an active member of the Northeast Country Music Association and the New York State Country Music Association.
Justin traveled to Luckenback, Texas in May 2003 and spent a Sunday afternoon performing with the Hill top Pickers using the House Guitar.
Justin’s first CD ‘Country Legends’ was released in June 2001. His first single ‘6 P.M. Texas Time’ was recorded on December 19, 2002 and released in January 2003. Justin’s second single ‘With a Man Like That (for Santa Claus) was recorded in September 2003 and released in November 2003. This song was also recorded on The Songwriter’s Workshop Christmas C.D. He finished production of his third single “Scrapbook’ in May 2004 and recorded and released it in June 2004.
In February 2008 Justin spent a week in Nashville, Tennessee where he had the opportunity to meet Eddie Stubbs, Connie Smith, Marty Stuart, and The Hagar Twins. Justin performed at The Commodore and at the Broken Spoke with Don Gaylord during his time in Nashville.