Justin Young (singer, born 1978)

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Justin Young
Justin Young 2014.jpg
Young performing in 2014
Background information
Birth nameJustin Kawika Young
Born (1978-08-07) August 7, 1978 (age 41)
OriginHawaii, United States
Years active1996–present
Associated acts

Justin Kawika Young (born August 7, 1978) is an American singer on the contemporary Hawaiian music scene.

Young is engaged to and touring with singer Colbie Caillat, as lead guitarist and backup singer of the band Gone West.[1] He opened up for Cassadee Pope of Hey Monday during her first solo acoustic tour in early 2012.

Music career[edit]

After winning first place in a songwriting contest in 1995, Young was given the opportunity to record a local album in Hawaii. Young played keyboards, guitar, and ukulele, and wrote six of the ten songs on the record.

In March 1996, Young's debut album, "No Better Time Than Now" released at number three at Tower Records for Hawaiian albums and remained in the top ten for six weeks[citation needed]. Three of Young's original songs were released, and each spent several weeks as one of the five most requested songs of the day on local radio stations[citation needed]. While promoting his album, Young performed throughout Hawaii, including a performance at the Waikiki Shell in front of thousands while opening for the national reggae group, Big Mountain.

In September 1997, Young released "Soothe You". The album produced four number one radio hits in Hawaii[citation needed]. At the end of the year Young was picked by one radio station as the number one new artist of 1997[citation needed]. He also received three Hawaiian Music Awards including: "Best Performance By A Rhythm & Blues Artist", "New Artist of the Year", and Honorable Recognition for his version of the classic song "Crazy Love"[citation needed].

Young's third album, "My Eyes Adore You", released in 1999, includes acoustic ballad called "Was It Loneliness", and a Hawaiian falsetto song inspired by his home called "E Kailua E". In addition, the album includes a cover of John Denver's "Leaving On A Jet Plane," new lyrics to Frankie Vallie's classic "My Eyes Adore You," and a collaboration with local recording group Pure Heart.[2]

Between 2000 and 2003, Young released five more albums: "Justin & Friends Collection",[3] "Y2J", "The Dreaming Kind", "Postcard", and One Foot on Sand.[4]

Young performed the national anthem at the White House 2011 Easter Egg Roll with Colbie Caillat.[5] Young's mother, Jan Young, the principal of the American School Riyadh, traveled to watch the performance.[citation needed] Caillat and Young are strong supporters of the group Farm Sanctuary.[6]

On January 10, 2012, Young announced via his Facebook page that he would be opening for Cassadee Pope of Hey Monday for part of her first solo acoustic tour in early 2012. They also introduced a song they co-wrote, titled "Lunatic". During the Summer of 2012, Justin Young joined Colbie Caillat and Gavin DeGraw as a special guest on DeGraw's national tour.

Personal life[edit]

Young has been dating Colbie Caillat since 2009. At a show in Aspen, Colorado in September 2014, Caillat sang "Lucky" with Young and then told the audience that the couple had just celebrated their five-year anniversary. The two got engaged in May 2015.[7]


  • No Better Time Than Now (1995)
  • Soothe You (1997)
  • My Eyes Adore You (1998)
  • Justin and Friends Collection (2000)
  • Y2J (2000)
  • The Dreaming Kind (2001)
  • Postcard (2003)
  • One Foot on Sand (2003)
  • Demo Sessions... (2005)
  • All Attached (2007)
  • EP (2012)[4]
  • Makai (2013)


  1. ^ "Just in Time - A Conversation With Justin Young". AroundHawaii.com. Archived from the original on 2014-08-01. Retrieved 2014-06-27.
  2. ^ "Review of My Eyes Adore You (third album, 1999)". Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Retrieved 2014-06-27.
  3. ^ "Review of Justin and Friends: Collection (fourth album, 2000)". Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Retrieved 2014-06-27.
  4. ^ a b "Justin Young Discography". Mele.com. Retrieved 2014-06-27.
  5. ^ "The White House Easter Egg Roll". CBS News Charlotte. Retrieved 2014-06-27.
  6. ^ "Colbie Caillat & Justin Young Visit Farm Sanctuary". Pets News Network. Retrieved 2014-06-27.
  7. ^ Chiu, Melody (May 29, 2015). "Colbie Caillat Is Engaged to Justin Young". people.com. Time, Inc.

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