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|1.||Nothing This Real||4:54|
|3.||State Of Loneliness||5:36|
|5.||Guided Back To You||4:32|
|6.||Moment For Me||4:45|
|7.||It Is What It Is||5:43|
|8.||Behind My Eyes||5:33|
|10.||Stand For Something (Live)||5:06|
Its here. The long awaited follow up by award winning singer/songwriter Justin Utley. ''This has been well worth the wait. Picking up where I left off has been a journey within itself'' says Utley, about his new album NOTHING THIS REAL. ''Life, I've realized, is a constant evolution.''
Utley's most honest and ambitious project to date starts off with his dynamic and energized signature title track, then kicks right off into the inviting and rock-driven Great Escape. Utley's familiar vocals ring true throughout the album, most notably in State Of Loneliness, and in Behind My Eyes, both of which show a much more vulnerable side and raw emotion in the lyrics and music. This Time and It Is What It Is are both catchy and infectious alt. country rock tunes that will surely be put on repeat. In July, a proud display of Justin's raw talent on piano, is a salute to his early years when he began writing.
The live cut, Stand For Something, was taken from the start of Justin's 2011 summer tour beginning in Salt Lake City, bringing this leg of the journey full-circle. The song garnered Best Country/Folk Song of the Year by the LGBT Academy of Recording Arts at the 2010 OUTMusic Awards in New York City.
New York City based singer-songwriter Justin Utley is quickly gaining momentum as a sought-after national performer, and icon within the LGBT community. As an 'out' ex-Mormon, Justin speaks candidly about his life and experiences through his inspiring storytelling and powerful, entertaining music.
Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, Justin Utley began his career as a Mormon-Contemporary singer/songwriter, touring throughout the west United States to mostly religious and faith-based audiences during the late-1990's. In 2002, he was a featured performer at the Salt Lake City 2002 Winter Olympics, and earned numerous awards during his time in Utah, including “Best Singer and Songwriter” by Salt Lake City Weekly and "Best New Artist" by Indie Review Monthly. The Utah native also composed and performed the theme song to the Emmy Award-winning PBS movie "The Shadow of Light", as well as other independent films.
After publicly breaking ties with the Mormon Church and sending his own "self-excommunication letter", Justin became a noted activist and advocate for civil rights and LGBT equality in the United States, and an outspoken personality against the Mormon church's use of conversion therapy, a method Utley endured for two years after serving a two-year full-time mission for the church. In June 2010, Utley released Stand for Something – a single written to inspire and motivate to take action towards securing LGBT equality in America, ending youth homelessness, and increasing community awareness. The single was nominated by the LGBT Academy Of Recording Arts for 4 OutMusic Awards, including Best Songwriter and Artist of the Year, winning Best Country/Folk Song of the Year. Another version of the single was released in October 2010 which included two additional live tracks and an acoustic version of songs from the album 'Runaway'.
Theatrically, his credits include a seven-month Utah regional run as “Joseph” in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (2001–2002) and as leading man "Radames" in the Utah premiere of Elton John and Tim Rice’s Broadway hit Aida (2005). Later, he would leave his Mormon-inherited religion behind, relocate to Manhattan and debut in the New York City theater scene as “Tommy Dautry” in the musical Our Country (2009). The show garnered the Best Musical, and Justin as Best Actor awards for the Planet Connections Theater Festivity. The show went on to be featured in the New York Musical Theater Festival in the summer of 2010.