MEET SYNCERE: POP
R&B DUO FROM MIAMI FLORIDA!
Here's a brand new Pop/R&B Duo we
think your going to love! Syncere
features former solo artist Justin
(Phillip) and his best friend Kristen.
Readers may remember Justin as he was
a big supporter of Pop Blitz back in
the day. We are so excited he is doing
Since we last talked to Justin he has
been quite busy. He was part of a New
Kids On The Block remake boyband. They
went through a grueling year of
rehearsals and were going to be part
of a reality TV show when it all fell
apart. After Justin went to college
for Music Business, to learn how
everything omes together. He started
his own dane program, Dance Labz which
has grown to 75+ kids and adults and
is featured in school programs across
It was around then he met Kristen at
church, both being apart of the
worship team. Justin was leading the
dance ministry, Kristen was singing.
They got to talking and hit it off.
Kristen has been singing since she was
a little kid, when she would record
harmonies on her Fisher Price tape
recorder to sound like she was her own
girl group. She took classical music
lessons growing up. When the time came
for college her parents wanted her to
be a nurse so she tried to double
major in music & nursing, but was
forced to choose nursing. After
getting her degree she realized she
just wouldn't be happy in that field.
"Music is what I'm meant to do. If I
don't try then I've failed myself."
"I think I inspired him to return to
music." Kristen shares with us.
"Kristen is my inspiration." Justin
agrees and goes on to tell us "I
really missed it. I hadn't done it in
so long, so I decided it was time to
do something musically." They decided
to form a duo and took to Facebook
asking friends to help vote on a name.
After much deliberation Justin came up
with the name Syncere, and the duo was
born. "I feel as people we are that.
Humble, down to earth." explains
Kristen. "We want our music to reflect
being honest." adds Justin.
Since meeting the two always wanted to
work together. "We have chemistry
musically but also our friendship."
Justin and Kristen both agree. They
feel that their personalities balance
each other out. Kristen has an ear for
hearing music, and Justin brings the
emotional and performance aspect.
When asked to describe their sound
Justin cites "Jason Derulo", saying
music that is fun and you can dance
to. Kristen adds in "Tori Kelly, Sam
Sparrow, and Joss Stone", but says
that she feels Syncere is unique as
there aren't a lot of other
performance based duos out there.
The band released their first cover
single ("Lay Me Down" - Sam Smith) and
just finished the music video which
will be out very soon. They hope it
will be an introduction to the band
and how they came together. For now
the two plan to keep releasing cover
songs until they find that one song
that fits their music direction and
who they are. The next cover will be
"Want to Want Me" by Jason Derulo.
This year Justin and Kristen want to
accomplish building their musical
library (writing and recording), and
adding performances down the road.
We think the future is bright for
these two talented and driven
musicians, and wish them all the best!
Check out their cover of "Lay Me Down"
by Sam Smith here!
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