Where it all started

Where did it all start? Did I always want to be a musician?
These are questions I get asked often.
As for where it started, this picture says it all! I was holding a guitar before I could even ride a bike, singing into a mic before I could write my name. My role model, and biggest musical influence was my dad. I don't remember much from my childhood, but I remember vividly my dad coming home after a long day at work, scooping me up, and taking me with him to band practice and gigs. He was a guitarist in the band Magic Mushroom Tea (can you tell they got together in the 70s?). I was the resident beer chaser at quarter a can (Ah the 80s, when your parents didn't go to jail for stuff like that). I was a little wild child living on Mountain Dew and Rock N Roll...and that's where I got my nickname...Jet. I remember being in awe watching my dad on stage, it was the coolest.
My dad wasn't my only musical influence though. We grew up on a farm, where family get togethers usually turned into impromptu jam sessions. My dad and cousins all played. Skynyrd was a family favorite. There is just something about "That Smell" of a bonfire and some sweet southern soul, rock n roll. But, like my dads dad hated his "long haired hippie music", along came the 90s, and Eazy E. While I was a country boy at heart, there was something about Gangster Rap. Hip hop was on the scene and suddenly I was influenced by something far, far from what I grew up on! Now I was a "Simple Man" who was "Rollin Down The Street In My 6-4".
Insert teenage rebellion and a bad attitude, music went out the window. I was now more concerned with cars, women and drugs. Trying to live out the gangster life that I "envied" from the lyrics of rappers like NWA and Tupac. Years went by and I was struggling just to survive,to get clean.
Even through my addiction, I always played guitar but that was about it. I didn't really "know" I could sing, and really even if I did, I was in too much of a fog to realize it. Somewhere along the way (a lot of those years are a blur) in my sobriety, I was playing my guitar and singing and someone said "Man you're good". Well, if you know anything about an addict, self doubt, fear, and feelings of inadequacy super cede all.
Slowly and privately, I kept practicing. Video taping myself and listening. Finally, I heard it. More importantly, I felt it. Something happened. It was something I had never felt before. That moment, I realized that not only could I sing, but it was like therapy. I was no longer obsessing about drugs and alcohol. I was now obsessing over practicing and honing my craft, coming into the voice I didn't know I had. The feeling I got from playing music was very similar to using drugs, euphoric. Only this time the feeling was good...No GREAT! And that my friends....was when I knew I wanted to be a musician.
Thanks for following a kid who didn't know he had a dream, who didn't know he would even have a life to live....Live it.
-Justin

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THE TRUTH behind the journey.

Hey All!


As my friends/fans on this ride called life, I feel its not only important to share my music with you, but also my journey and what brought me here!


Today has been a long one to say the least. By day I am a contractor and by night, following my dreams making music.


What some of you may not know is that through it all, I am a full time addict "in recovery". Yes, you read that correctly. I struggled for years not being able to say no, looking for a way out, with no hope in sight.


Reality was, I was looking in all the wrong places. Looking for that freedom or that fix from any and all problems I was dealing with internally through self medication.


As I sit in this hot bath sore and exhausted after a long day(5 am-11pm) I can't help but feel blessed to feel this pain today. I am grateful to be able to be in the position I am in. The physical pain holds absolutely no comparison to the mental anguish I inflicted on not only myself, but everyone around me (no) thanks to addiction.


With that being said,  it's still a tough battle finding balance in the scheme of things. But it is possible! No matter what's going on, how busy I am, or how tired I may be, there always seems to be a silver lining to whatever it is I'm going through. If and only IF, I'm willing to get out of the problem and into the solution.  


One of my favorite sayings is: "Nothing worth having comes easy and nothing that comes easy is worth having".


Sometimes easier said than done, I know,  but I know first hand that it is so worth it!


Thankfully I have great family and friends who support me 100% and are there to pick me up when I fall. Failure is part of the process for all of us! You see, it is when we fail we grow.


For that I am truly grateful. 


There is hope. There is gratitude. There is freedom.


I'm living proof❤🤘 ~


Justin

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NEW MUSIC RELEASE ON 97.7 THE ROCK

Hi friends if you didn't get a chance to check it out. He is the never before heard music that was released on 97.7 the rock with our great friends Utah Burgess and Bob Cupp. Bobby Thompson and I played a few live songs on of which is "WOMEN" at the 25:00 minute mark which will be on the full cd. Also we got to release our newest single "Rock The Show' off the upcoming Ep "YOUR NAME". http://977rocks.com/june-17-2018-justin-wade-band/ Check it out and let us know what you think! ~Jusitn