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“Something like Ben Folds with more heartthrob potential”

Boston Globe

“Levinson’s songs are finely sculpted, with horns, vibraphone, backround vocals, organs and bouncy ukuleles dancing around the songwriter’s bouncy piano and pitch-perfect vocals”

Seven Days Magazine

“It’s no wonder he will be writing soundtrack musical themes soon.”

Powerpopaholic

“Perfectly blended poppy tunes and lyrical depth”

MIT Tech

"With poppy vocals, upbeat melodies and killer lyrics - his new record This Side Of Me, This Side Of You is sure to appeal to a broad range of music lovers."

Examiner

About Justin Levinson & The Valcours

With a catalog of songs covering everything from hooky piano pop to soul-baring alt-country, lyrics that range from corky to brutally honest---all tied together by an undeniable passion for his craft---singer/songwriter Justin Levinson has won steady praise from audiences and critics alike since his 2005 debut. Five years and three acclaimed albums later, Justin maintains a solid presence that has seen him share the stage with acts as diverse as APOLLO SUNSHINE, SERENA RYDER, BAND OF HORSES, THE VERVE PIPE, BIG HEAD TODD AND THE MONSTERS, MATT WERTZ, WILL DAILEY, ANAIS MITCHELL, CHRIS BARRON of the SPIN DOCTORS,MEMBERS OF THE CLICK FIVE, RYAN CABRERA, and ZOX. Also making major network television appearances on Backstage With Barry Nolan (Comcast), The 10 Show! (NBC Philadelphia), NECN Morning News, Fox 44 Boston, Plum Tv on Martha's Vineyard and Late Night Saturday WCAX Burlington, Vermont.

Paying his dues and refining his craft at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Justin's breakthrough ultimately came with his ode to small-town life, "City With Two Streetlights", off of debut record 1175 BOYLSTON. Drawing upon life in his childhood home of Vergennes, Vermont, the song spent eight weeks on the top 25 CMJ charts, gaining airplay in over 350 stations across the country and catapulting Justin into the spotlight. Amid a slot in the 2006 INTERNATIONAL POP OVERTHROW TOUR and an award for Best Male Artist from the INTERNATIONAL ACOUSTIC MUSIC AWARDS, sophomore album BURY YOUR LOVE was released. With a dash of twang inherited from time spent in Nashville, the record earned praise as a folksy and somber departure---exemplified in melancholy concert staple "Home"(2007 USA SONGWRITER COMPETITION RUNNER UP)---while retaining the trademark playfulness in songs like "Daisy May", a rollicking tale of a high-school affair gone wrong. Closing the decade was 2009's PREDETERMINED FATE. A full-fledged dive into alt-country, the album brought Justin his strongest reviews to date, bolstered by the success of Sirius radio staple "Waiting For Someone To Love Me"; the song has gone on to win Justin a nomination for Sirius SINGER-SONGWRITER DISCOVERY OF THE YEAR, a slot in THE MILLENNIUM MUSIC CONFERENCE in Pennsylvania and the ASCAPULAS AWARD from ASCAP. Another track from Predetermined Fate "Losing You To Tennessee" was featured in Virgin airlines. With flights from major U.S. cities, including San Francisco, LA, Las Vegas, San Diego, Seattle, New York, Washington D.C, Boston and Orange County; this added up to more than 416,667 ears per month! "Bandaid On A Bulletwound was also an honorable mention in THE BILLBOARD SONG CONTEST.

"Juxtaposing upbeat melodies with often serious subject matter, Justin creates perfectly catchy tunes that nobody can resist singing along to", says the PLATTSBURGH PIPLEINE. Dan Bolles of SEVEN DAYS notes Justin's "knack for letter-perfect pop hooks", while SNOB'S MUSIC blog has praised Justin's capability of "penning lyrics that put a smile on your face with vivid imagery and clever turns of phrase, all wrapped up with a keen sense of humour." On his effortless tackling of multiple genres, SKOPE ENTERTAINMENT declares "the best thing about Levinson's music is that it has layers". And Frank Gutch Jr. of ACOUSTIC MUSIC EXCHANGE confidently declared "no matter what kind of day I will be having, my head will raise and a voice inside me will say, 'It is a good day when I hear Levinson'."

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