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Justin Furstenfeld
Born December 14, 1975 (1975-12-14) (age 34)
Genres Rock
Occupations Singer, songwriter, guitarist
Instruments Vocals
Guitar
Piano
Harmonica
Labels Universal Records
Associated acts Blue October
Last Wish
Harvest
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Justin Steward Furstenfeld (born December 14, 1975 in Houston, Texas) is a record producer, artist and the lead singer, guitarist, lyricist and frontman of the American rock band Blue October.

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Personal life

When not touring with his band, Furstenfeld resides in San Marcos, Texas. He is the brother of Blue October drummer, Jeremy Furstenfeld. He has a daughter named Blue (born in 2007) to whom several of the songs on the current Blue October album Approaching Normal are dedicated.

Justin Furstenfeld has battled with bipolar disorder through most of his life.[1][2] He has his condition under control, saying in an interview that "I'm not a danger to myself [anymore]." [3]

Music career

Growing up, Furstenfeld listened to hip-hop, rock, country, dance; his favorite artists included Marvin Gaye, The Smiths, Red House Painters and Pink Floyd[4]. His first musical memory was Roy Orbison's ballad, "Crying".[5]

During his high school years at Houston's prestigious High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA), he formed a band The Last Wish, which he played in from the age of 13 until 1995[6]. When performing solo, Furstenfeld uses the moniker 5591;[7], the number 5591 being his patient number when he was admitted to a mental institution following a breakup with his then-girlfriend Amanda. He tells this story in the confessionals on the Argue With a Tree DVD (found in the Special Features).

He has written over 500 songs and counts among his influences: Michael Stipe, The Cure, The Smiths, The Pixies, Peter Gabriel, Idaho, Elliott Smith, Blue Miller, George Winston, Jean Michel Basquiat and U2.[8]

Furstenfeld also co-wrote and performed guest vocals on the Canvas song "All About You" from their album Four Days Awake.

In August 2008, Furstenfeld toured with Stephenie Meyer, author of the Twilight series, in a sold out 4-city book/concert tour.[9]

October 22nd 2009, Pick Up The Phone Tour was cancelled after Justin was admitted to a hospital for an extreme mental anxiety attack.

Furstenfeld is also an artist, and his paintings have appeared on the covers of two Blue October albums, The Answers and History for Sale. His artwork is also featured on T-shirts and posters for the band.

Discography

With The Last Wish

With Blue October

References

External links

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