“Roberts continues to craft masterpieces in miniature, equivalent to A.A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh.” — NPR
“Hands down the best songwriter in the genre.” — USA Today
“Some of the most inspired and intelligent kids lyrics ever.” — Amazon
Two-time GRAMMY Nominated Justin Roberts is truly one of the “all-stars” of the indie family music scene. For nearly 20 years, Roberts has been creating the soundtrack to families’ lives, helping kids navigate the joys and sorrows of growing up and parents remember their own childhoods. Along with his band, The Not Ready for Naptime Players, they have travelled the globe, from Hong Kong to New York, and Miami to Seattle.
Justin is currently at work on “Lemonade.” His 13th recording for families, a return to the simplicity of his earliest recordings. It features an all acoustic rhythm section with Robbie Fulks on guitar and banjo, John Abbey on upright bass, and Gerald Dowd on cardboard boxes and other found percussion.
In 2014, Roberts wrote his first musical based on Hansel & Gretel which is currently be re-mounted by Valley Performing Arts Center. He produced a cast recording of that show, and published his first picture book, The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade (illustrated by Christian Robinson) with Putnam. In 2015, Roberts created a concert/theatrical experience entitled The Mysterious Hat which debuted at the New Victory Theater in New York City. His second book, The Great Henry Hopendower will be released by Putnam in 2017.