Meet the Board: Justin Roberts

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Justin Roberts is a two time GRAMMY® nominee singer/songwriter based in Chicago. He has released 9 CDs for kids and families, including his latest 2013 release, Recess. His 2010 recording Jungle Gym was nominated for a GRAMMY® Award. Roberts tours nationally and plays over 100 dates a year with his band, the Not Ready for Naptime Players. They have played such prestigious venues as Symphony Space in New York, NY, The Getty Center in Los Angeles, CA, and the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, IL. Justin also runs Carpet Square Records, an independent label that is distributed by Sony (RED).

What was your first live music experience?

I saw the Cheap Trick Dream Police tour with my mom and brother at Vets Auditorium in Des Moines, IA. I was instantly hooked.                                                                           

Why did you choose your profession?

It's was more like it chose me. I was playing in an indie folk band in Minneapolis after college and I started working as a preschool teacher during the day. I wrote a few songs for the kids and eventually made a record of those songs just for fun. I left Minneapolis for Divinity School at the University of Chicago and the kids record kind of took off. I finished my degree, made another family record and started touring. I'm currently finishing up my 12th recording for families which will be released this fall.

What are your 2 favorite albums?

Beach Boys - Pet Sounds and Van Morrison - Astral Weeks

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Chicago Chapter Executive Director - Sarah Jansen


President - Mark Hubbard

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