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RSVP: Justin Charles Album Release Party May 5 at Bloomfield College

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BLOOMFIELD, NJ - Bloomfield College Creative Arts & Technology Student, Justin Roberts '17 release his debut album, Soul Stories Volume 1: Songs about Love soon. Roberts, who performs as 'Justin Charles' is hosting a listening party this Friday May 5 on campus.

The party, to be held in the Center for Technology and Creativity's Black Box Studio (Room 117) is open to the Bloomfield College Community and the general public. The listening party runs from 6:00 p.m. to 10 p.m. Attendees must RSVP .

The singer/songwriter/producer will graduate in May with a degree in Music Technology. Roberts was attracted immediately to Bloomfield College's CAT division four years ago, noting that he was "blown away" by the Division's music program. Music Technology students obtain a solid understanding of music theory and production and have the opportunity to work with state-of-the-art equipment and software.

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Soul Stories Volume 1: Songs about Love took Roberts three years to complete and will serve as his capstone project, a final, major independent project undertaken by senior CAT students under the supervision of departmental faculty. The intention is to create a work that will become part of the student's portfolio. Students are expected to be able to use their capstone project to market themselves after graduation.

Roberts plans to upload Soul Stories Volume 1: Songs about Love to Spotify, iTunes, Bandcamp, and many other streaming services available to independent artists.

Roberts has been busy building his resume and portfolio. Since 2014, he has worked as a Music Lab Assistant in the CAT Division, maintaining equipment, helping people who were recording, and responding to booking emails. Additionally, with help with his mentor and capstone advisor, Toriono Gandy, Music Technology Facilities Manager, he interned last summer with Music Works in Uptown Manhattan, assisting in their social media marketing and management. Most recently, Roberts was prominently featured in the College's first student theatrical production, This Is! We Are!: Acts of Resistance. Currently, he produces the Madison Jaye Show on iTunes.

"It's so surreal. Time has moved so fast," he reflected.  "I am very excited, nervous, all those feelings. It has been a long road, I'm happy. I didn't picture this for myself, so it's a blessing."

The singer/songwriter/producer will graduate in May with a degree in Music Technology. Roberts was attracted immediately to Bloomfield College's CAT division four years ago, noting that he was "blown away" by the Division's music program. Music Technology students obtain a solid understanding of music theory and production and have the opportunity to work with state-of-the-art equipment and software.

United States Senator Cory A. Booker will speak at Bloomfield College's Commencement on May 19.  Booker will also receive an honorary degree during the 144th commencement.

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