Justin E. Walden
Justin Walden is from Athens, Tennessee just south of Knoxville. He is a professional musician, violinist, fiddle player, banjo player, guitar player, mandolin player, pianist, and lead vocalist. He grew up playing bluegrass music in East Tennessee and the surrounding areas.
Some of his influences are Bill Monroe, whose high lonesome sound paved the road to modern Bluegrass and the contemporary sounds of today's Country music scene, like Brothers Osborne, Big and Rich, and newer artists like Blake Shelton, Chris Young, Dierks Bentley. He integrates his passion for music into any genre. Some of Justin's primary influences are the Del McCoury Band, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Ricky Skaggs, Bobby Hicks, and many other notable artists.
At eight years old, Justin sat across from his dad Darrell in the church choir, playing acoustic guitar. After expressing an interest in learning mandolin he was hired in his dad's band, Crystal Road. The band soon formed a trio with Justin on the stringed instruments and lead and baritone vocals, Darrell on guitar and lead and baritone vocals, and Sandra on bass guitar and soprano. Crystal Road eventually became known in East Tennessee as the Crystal Road Band. He toured East Tennessee and the Southeast performing around 150 plus shows per year.
He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Southeastern University in 2014 and his Associate of Science from Tennessee Wesleyan College in 2012. At Steve Kaufman's Music Kamp, 2008-2012, he was instructed by 8-time Grammy Award-Winning Fiddler Bobby Hicks. From 2010-2012, he also performed regularly with Bluegrass legend and songwriter, Paul Williams & the Victory Trio. His first project was From the Beginning, Solo Project, Published 2014. His latest Country Debut EP is self-titled “Justin Walden EP” featuring his latest single “Meet Me in Nashville” and is available on iTunes, Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora, and is being played on rotation on several radio stations around the United States.
“If I can do good in the world and promote love through the songs I write, then I know that I have made a difference in the world.” - Justin