I am a singing pianist with a quirky fun personality and a Disney princess voice. I will turn your event into an unforgettable experience! I am a strong communicator, punctual, and bring my own equipment (I can fit in tiny spaces). I know how to warm up a wild party or sweetly serenade a tea party.
I just moved to Los Angeles from Miami, where I regularly performed in Coconut Grove and surrounding Miami areas. I have 5 years of experience playing restaurants, hotels, house concerts, corporate events, weddings, you name it! I have also performed my original music at The Bluebird Cafe, Lincoln Center, Hotel Cafe, and the main stage at Rocky Mountain Folks Festival. Let's make magic!
I hired Justina to sing/play at my husband's memorial service. She was phenomenal and helped to make his service extra special. She was so professional and friendly. Out of the 3 songs I asked her to sing, she only knew 1 of them. She was able to learn the other 2 songs in 4 days. She played and sang them flawlessly. I don't believe there was a dry eye in the house. This is your girl.
Response from Justina Shandler:
Apryl, it was an honor. Thank you so much for your kind words. You are wonderful.
We invited Justina to play during cocktail hour at our wedding. She has a superb repertoire of covers and original songs. She is very talented. Her voice is beautiful and her singing and piano playing are heartfelt. It helped make our wedding extra memorable. Some of our guests thought they were listening to a recording until I pointed out there was a live musician. Her pricing is very reasonable and we recommend her highly.
Justina was very prompt in responding and easy to coordinate with. That's no where close to the best part though. She is an amazing piano player and has the most beautiful voice. She captivated everyone at our corporate cocktail party. We would definitely have Justina play at an event again.
Response from Justina Shandler:
Thank you so much for your kind words, Lauren! You sure know how to throw a party! I hope to play for you and your coworkers soon. I had a blast.
Justina is such a talented, nice, flexible, kind and enthusiastic musician. She was very easy to communicate with, and agreed to learn a bunch of new songs just to please our 4yo daughter.
We are very happy to have been lucky enough to book her!
Justina did an amazing performance for our private event. Thanks so much
SHOWED UP ON TIME. GREAT CHRISTMAS MUSIC.
What a great night of music and singing. She was on time and sang all the classic Christmas perfectly.
Response from Justina Shandler:
Thank you so much, Paul! You and your guests were fun and sweet! Hope to see you soon.
Justina made my birthday truly a milestone. She made the preparation easy, took her time to know what I want and delivered a playlist as I wanted.
Very punctual, sweet and professional overall.
Justina made my moms funeral memorable. My family and I were very happy with her beautiful voice and keyboard skills. She was on time, professional and compassionate with our situation. I highly recommend her. Her performance was wonderful.
Justina was phenomenal when she played at our bar. Her music style fit perfectly with the vibe we were going for. Very professional and courteous. We definitely recommend her and will be using her services soon!
What to Expect
Charismatic and humorous award winning singer/songwriter, also plays pop covers ranging from Billy Joel to Norah Jones to Maroon 5. Most in her element when interacting and connecting with an audience. Provides professional and quality entertainment for all types of events.
"Justina's writing combines the innocence of youth with old soul wisdom, producing magical songs that take the listener on a journey they're happy to be on. She delivers her songs with passion, singing from her heart with piano chops that are equally impressive." - Steve Seskin, hit songwriter
Justina Shandler is an award-winning singer-songwriter and teacher who grew up next to a llama farm in Roanoke, Virginia. Her music falls under the umbrella of pop, somewhere between Regina Spektor and Sara Bareilles. She juxtaposes her convivial Disney princess-esque voice with complex themes like grief, social activism, and self-empowerment. All the while, she is an engine of positivity and enthusiasm.
Justina has won many national and international awards, including Carnegie Hall's songwriting competition, UK Songwriting Contest, and third place at the Rocky Mountain Folk Festival. She has performed original songs at Lincoln Center and Rockwood Music Hall in New York (with members of Sara Bareilles’ band), at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, TN, and at various comedy clubs in Los Angeles. She has shared transcendent co-writes with Nashville songwriter, Craig Carothers, and studied under hit songwriters Jon Lind (Boogie Wonderland) and Cathy Heller (of #1 iTunes podcast Don’t Keep Your Day Job).
Unexpectedly, Justina ended up in prison (… as an instructor). She taught songwriting and played rock music with over fifty incarcerated men at Dade and Everglades Correctional Institutions through non-profit organization, Exchange for Change. During the summer, Justina builds confidence with young songwriters at Interlochen Arts Camp, an intensive three-week program.
As an adjunct professor, Justina shares songwriting wisdom at the University of Miami, where she obtained her Master’s Degree in Media Writing and Production. She has toured the country with her original music, which can be streamed or downloaded on all major platforms. She loves leftovers, Larry David, and alliterations. And llamas.
Additional Booking Notes
For solo performances, all that is needed is a power outlet.
Past Booked Events
|January 25, 2020 • 3:30pm - 4:00pm||Children's Birthday Party|
|January 01, 2020 • 9:00pm - 10:00pm||Personal Occasion|
|December 25, 2019 • 1:00pm - 1:30pm||Christmas Party|
|December 14, 2019 • 4:00pm - 4:30pm||Children's Birthday Party|
|December 14, 2019 • 12:00pm - 1:30pm||Funeral/Memorial Service|
|December 13, 2019 • 6:00pm - 7:30pm||Christmas Party|
|November 17, 2019 • 12:00pm - 3:00pm||Birthday Party|
|October 30, 2019 • 11:00am - 11:45am||Funeral/Memorial Service|
|December 15, 2018 • 7:30pm - 9:00pm||Christmas Party|
|February 01, 2017–February 02, 2017 • 7:00pm - 12:00am||Cocktail Party|
|July 09, 2016 • 5:00pm - 9:00pm||Graduation|
|May 21, 2016 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm||Religious Celebration|
|February 12, 2016||Nightclub Event|
|December 18, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Sunset Tavern|
|December 12, 2015||Graduation|
|December 03, 2015||Corporate Event|
|November 15, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||House Concert|
|November 14, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||House Concert|
|October 31, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Ritz Carlton in Coconut Grove|
|October 24, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Ritz Carlton in Coconut Grove|
|October 20, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Gusman Concert Hall|
|October 17, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Ritz Carlton in Coconut Grove|
|October 15, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Cocowalk Courtyard|
|October 02, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||WVUM Radio Show|
|September 03, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||University of Miami|
If not playing original tunes, some covers that are typically played are...
What a Wonderful World
I Will Follow You Into the Dark
Don't Know Why
Fly Me to the Moon
Someone Like You
Can You Feel the Love Tonight
Colors of the Wind
Love Me Tender
Influences & Inspiration
Billy Joel, Sara Bareilles, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, Regina Spektor