This week our #mancrushmonday is Justin Fabus.
Justin’s love of music started at early age. With the tragic loss of his father at the age of three, his grandparents became a central role in his life. They passed along their love of music by introducing him to Patsy Cline, Frank Sinatra, Elvis, and of course his grandmother’s favorite, Billy Ray Cyrus. It was his grandfather that gave Justin his first musical instrument, the banjo, along with his first record player. Seeing his love for music, his other biggest supporter, his mother, gave him his first acoustic guitar, which he still writes and performs with today.
Throughout his childhood Justin spent hours listening to music and teaching himself to play. As he got older, he began performing first acoustically, then joining his first band, “3 AM”. It didn’t take long for Justin to branch out to form his own band as a country artist. Eventually, Justin began performing at fairs, festivals and venues across the east coast, appearing with such greats as Gary Allan, Craig Campbell, Randy Houser and David Nail.
In September 2013 Justin released his debut EP, Save Me, with its first single “Kiss of a Gypsy”. TouchTunes’ jukeboxes named Justin “Breakout Band of 2014” and his single was added to 60,000 jukeboxes throughout North America and Europe. Closing out 2014, Justin was named as one of the years “Best-Up-And-Coming Pittsburgh Bands” by CBS and KDKA. As summer 2015 rolled around Justin came out with his debut self-titled album, produced by renowned artist, Steve Hornbeak. Justin’s tour that year had him opening for Nashville recording artists Frankie Ballard, Dierks Bentley, Hunter Hayes, Sam Hunt, Jonathan Jackson, Maddie & Tae and Kip Moore.
Justin’s track record of success was noticed and on February 22, 2016, Justin announced his three year record deal with Mi5 Recordings/Universal Music Group. On that same date his self-titled album charted at #3 on “The iTop iTunes 100 New Country Releases”. Soon after, Justin was invited to perform at the 2016 CMA Fest in Nashville. Today, Justin continues to draw on life experiences and inspiration from the likes of Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Garth Brooks, and Kenny Chesney, and of course the memory of his beloved grandparents for his heartfelt songs.
Talented, passionate and oh so sweet, is it any wonder we’re crushing on Justin Fabus? Crush along with us now!
What is your definition of romance?
Romance to me is all about the little things. For example, telling your significant other how beautiful they are when they are least expecting it. I think too many people get caught up in believing they have to plan these lavish things just to be romantic. Romance to me isn’t roses and diamonds, anyone can buy those. It’s taking the time out of your busy day to appreciate what makes that certain person so beautiful and communicating that to them.
What is your instant deal breaker?
What is the best piece of romance advice you have ever received?
Never change who you are, just to impress someone. If they don’t like you for the person you are, they aren’t the one for you.
What’s the strangest thing you have ever done to get a love interest’s attention?
I was out one night and there was a girl that I was interested in but she was getting asked a million questions from this other guy. Can I buy you a drink? You should let me take you out? The regular pick-up lines. I could tell she wasn’t interested, but at the same time wasn’t trying to be rude. Although the guy just wouldn’t get the hint. So I walked over to her pretending to be her boyfriend and apologized for being late. Luckily she went with it, introduced me as her boyfriend and the gentleman went on his way. For the rest of the night we had no choice but to play the part.
If there is one piece of advice you could give to other men/women out there, what would it be?
Don’t miss out on the chance with someone special because you are afraid of being rejected. You never know until you try.