Justine Balmer

Introduction:

Justine Balmer can be found boarding luxury cruise ships, enchanting audiences and winning standing ovations across the globe. Her stunning soprano voice, with it's purity of tone and emotional warmth, has earned her the affectionate title of 'songbird'.

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About Justine...

Justine Balmer can be found boarding luxury cruise ships, enchanting audiences and winning standing ovations across the globe. Her stunning soprano voice, with it's purity of tone and emotional warmth, has earned her the affectionate title of 'songbird'.

To say Justine has 'cut her teeth' performing on many a stage at numerous events would be an understatement. She has crafted stage presence and camera technique under the spotlight of QVC and stepped out in front of an orchestra night after night singing classics, musical theatre, opera, rock and pop. Justine has headlined on the QE2, Royal Caribbean, Azamara, Regent and Seabourn cruises and her journey has led to her being invited to perform at many top London venues including the Cafe Royal, Dorchester Hotel, Royal Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall and Cadogan Hall; plus various concert halls and theatres across the UK. Favourite moments include singing the role of Cosette alongside Frances Ruffelle and Ruthie Henshall in excerpts from 'Les Miserables' at 'The Inspiration Awards for Women' on behalf of Breakthrough Breast Cancer at Cadogan Hall, London; entertaining the troops while fronting the Queens Division Big Band; featured roles in the UK tours of 'Kiss Me, Kate' and 'The Masters of the House'; as well as popping up on screen in Tim Burton's film of 'Sweeney Todd'.

Originally from Guildford, Justine is an 'honorary' Yorkshire lass having lived and trained in Leeds. After training classically with Jean Allister at the City of Leeds College of Music she then switched to musical theatre and came to London to study for a postgraduate diploma at The London School of Musical Theatre. Justine has recently moved back to live near Guildford in the beautiful Surrey countryside.

Justine's career temporarily took a different path when she took some time out and worked in the City in a Private Equity firm. However, her passion for music and singing meant her dream did not fade and she created her one woman concert that she has taken around the world. June 2012, Justine stepped inside a studio to start recording tracks towards her debut album with some of London's finest musicians under the guidance of producer Tim Ross. Tracks include 'Ave Maria', a stunning Italian version of Aerosmith's 'I Don't Want To Miss A Thing', Keane's moving 'Somewhere Only We Know', and a gothic inspired version of Kylie's 'Confide In Me'. "I've always adored opera and classical music, but also love pop & rock. I think both genres are equally dramatic and powerful." When discussing how she went about choosing tracks to record, Justine says, "I am drawn to the lyrics initially - coming from a musical theatre background I firmly believe that a song is an extension of a thought process that becomes too powerful to simply speak, hence the need to sing".

It is Justine's 'need to sing' that has kept her performing and entertaining all over the world. Recording is a natural progression and long overdue. Her intimate version of Schubert's Ave Maria, so powerfully emotive, is a version that is rarely covered by female singers, which makes her choice to commit it to record all the more special. "I fell in love with this version when I performed it a few years ago in a show. We sang it standing among the audience and it was magical, both the music and seeing people's reaction."

So now the secret is out, Justine Balmer is the 'songbird' with a need to sing. We look forward to sharing this gorgeous voice with you, a voice that needs to be heard and remain a well-kept secret no more.

Click on the video below to watch Justine perform: