Known for his powerful voice and vibrant stage presence, Justin Ralph is a singer-songwriter whose opera background and country passion always make for a unique and exciting live show. With influences from early Americana and Canadiana music to Hank Williams and Johnny Cash, his passionate performances have people taking notice across the Ottawa Valley.
A recovering opera singer, Justin pursued a successful career as a tenor before setting aside his tuxedo for a banjo and a plaid shirt in order to write and perform the music closest to his heart. With haunting vocals accompanied by the moody picking of his banjo, Justin's original story telling songs evoke the old dirt roads of rural Ontario and the souls that once travelled on them.
On his debut EP outlaws, betrayed lovers, and soulful ruminations come to life with banjo, guitar, mandolin, and piano, led by Ralph's powerful voice. Travelling a line between country, folk, and bluegrass, the troubadour and his banjo paint tales, both dark and light, of a simpler time. Order the EP here.
Justin has performed as a soloist with many companies, including Opera in Concert, Toronto Operetta Theatre, the Orpheus Choir of Toronto, Opera Five, and Opera York. Some of his favourite roles on the operatic stage have included Ferrando in Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte, and Jupiter in Handel’s Semele. On the operetta stage, he has enjoyed playing both Eisenstein and Alfred (in different productions)in Strauss’ Die Fledermaus, Kekikako in Offenbach's Ba-ta-Clan, Nanki-Poo in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado, Frederick in The Pirates of Penzance, and Ralph “T.” Rackstraw in Starship Pinafore, a Star Trekified version of Gilbert and Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore. He also had the pleasure of working with the Yorkshire Opera Workshop as Lord Tolloller in their production of Iolanthe in Redcar, England.
On the concert stage, Justin has appeared with the Greater Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra as the tenor soloist in Saint-Saens Christmas Oratorio, and The Nativity According to St. Luke, has sung as the tenor soloist in Messiah with several companies, and most recently sang the role of Marius with the Sudbury Symphony and Yes! Theatre in Les Miserables in Concert.
He has also worked as a soloist at private functions for groups such as the Toronto Kiwanis Foundation, the National Club of Toronto, the St. Andrews Society, the Loyalist Clubs of Toronto, and the Royal Heritage Trust Fund.