Justin Fancy is a homegrown east coast Canadian musician whose love for guitar was passed down to him from many influences including a beloved uncle at the tender age of 13.
Born and raised in Conception Bay South, Justin’s roots are firmly planted in the rocky Newfoundland soil with family hailing from Notre Dame Bay, specifically Change Islands and Fogo Island.
His passion to perform was cultivated during his summers spent in Lewisporte with family and friends, where his whimsical, musically inclined extended family would gather around him and his guitar and sing for hours.
Although he could play just about any tune due to his phonological memory, Justin’s major musical influences lay primarily in country and western musical genres, where the likes of Merle Haggard, George Jones, The Eagles, and Alan Jackson have inspired his personal songwriting.
His genuine demeanor and musical talents landed him a spot in Canadian Idol’s top 200 in 2008 and traveled to Toronto to compete with Canada’s best. This was a defining moment in his music career, which catapulted him to earnestly pursue a career in music.
Later that year, he started entertaining and singing all over Newfoundland and became a desirable man in George Street pubs and around the city.
When he landed a contract to perform on the Marine Atlantic Ferry in 2010, he met Gord Cormier, a music industry veteran who was kind enough to take Justin under his wing. He is forever grateful for the valuable insight and mentorship Gord has provided him over the years. That same year, Justin got his first taste of radio play with the release of his rendition of “Colleen Malone,” which still receives airtime today.
As an innate collaborator, Justin has been an integral part of several musical groups. After Canadian Idol, he and 3 other contestants joined to form Caught in the Act, which toured Newfoundland for 2 years before pursuing individual careers.
He also had traditional Newfoundland and Irish roots and in 2014, Justin and a good friend, John Dale, formed Eastern Passage, which released a debut album that same year. Their album was nominated for the Celtic/Traditional Album of the Year by MusicNL in 2015. Justin wrote one of the featured singles, “The Tide”, which is still played on the radio today. He also engineered and produced this album with bandmate, Steve Oakley.
His latest venture focuses on recording his first solo country album, which will include all original music and compositions. This project will highlight his lived experiences and feature songs he has written over the years.
All in all, Justin has had a longstanding, vested interest in the music industry. He is a well-connected and well-rounded individual who has turned his passion for singing and playing into an established career. His journey has been marked by music makers and storytellers who share his commitment to his craft.
His young daughter, Kayleigh, is an endless source of support and motivation, as well as inspiration to his music.