Actor . Director . Producer
Hi, I’m Justin Thomas often billed as J-Llyfe. My diverse background in the arts includes acting, directing, musical theatre, songwriting, producing, music supervising, and live instruments. I got my start by joining the school choir, studying piano, and music theory at a young age and later graduated college with a B.A. in Performance Art and Directing. I found interest and influence in a range of artists, citing D’angelo, Maxwell, Jazmine Sullivan, Ray Charles, Lyfe Jennings, James Brown and Ceelo as some of my musical inspiration. My debut album Songs about H.E.R saw support from the likes of Youknowigotsoul, Soul bounce, Wes Berise Soulshow and Buzzmusic. From there, I’ve received an Emmy nod as a music supervisor for the Daytime Emmy nominated series Tough Love. I garnered high praise for my work on the indie film circuit creating the soundtrack for Gun Voyage! Originally a Birmingham native, my vocal style is a shot of sticky gospel baritone chased with a colorful smooth falsetto. I make my presence felt as emoting 90s Neo-soul vibes nestled in with contemporary lush R&B vocals and production. I received additional training in Meisner technique and extensive training in stage combat.