Entertainer, vocalist, pianist, and quirky personality who will turn your event into an unforgettable experience.
Justina is an award winning singer/songwriter and performer - gigs regularly in Coconut Grove and surrounding Miami areas. She provides a charismatic and deeply personable experience. Also plays pop covers. Voice has been compared to that of Norah Jones and Joni Mitchell. Years of experience playing restaurants, hotels, house concerts, private parties, coffee shops, weddings, Bar Mitzvahs, etc.
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 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!
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.
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 a singer-songwriter and composer for media, originally from Roanoke, VA. Her songs have been described as the music baby of Regina Spektor and Billy Joel. Justina uses unconventional chord progressions and deeply honest, blunt, lyrics to tell meaningful musical stories.
Justina’s songs have been lauded in international competitions and by leading industry professionals. In 2012, she won first place in both Indie International Songwriting Contest’s rock category for “Someone Else’s Bed” and in the renowned UK Songwriting Contest’s love song category for “If You Ever Miss Me.” In 2013, she was a finalist in the Mountain Stage New Song Contest; the following year, she was a co-winner of Carnegie Hall’s Songwriting Contest. Most recently, Justina was selected as one of ten songwriter finalists to perform on the main stage at the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival in Lyons, CO.
Justina has worked with songwriters Craig Carothers, Jon Lind, Lari White and Craig Carnelia, and with film composers Jay Vincent and Chuck Henry. She has performed her 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 regularly performs at local south Florida venues and has a permanent monthly gig in Coconut Grove.
Justina’s film work has earned her credits in the Internet Movie Database (link hidden)). She and fellow composer Steven Gizzi scored the short film, "Gwyndor," written by Dixie Perkinson and Nathalie Antonia, and directed by David Crabtree. The film has received high recognition and was screened at Hollyshorts Film Festival at the Grauman Chinese Theater. Justina continues to write songs for filmmakers in Los Angeles, and is now writing music for iPhone apps.
Justina is currently pursuing her Masters degree in Media Writing and Production, and is a teaching assistant at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music. She spent the summer teaching songwriting and music theory to middle and high school students. She recently completed her undergraduate studies at University of Miami as a member of the Bruce Hornsby Creative American Music program.
Justina’s new 9-track EP, Three Leaf Clover, was released in June 2015 and can be purchased on iTunes and streamed on Spotify.
Additional Booking Notes
For solo performances, all that is needed is a power outlet.
Past Booked Events
|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