Justin Gambino, a songwriter, performer and recording artist from Houston, TX, releases his new single 'Courage' on January 28th.
"For me, when I was writing this song I was thinking about all the voices over the years", explains Justin. "These voices in my head that tell me that I'm not good enough. To be fearful. To give up hope.
But on the flip-side, one of my favorite parts of the song says "this courage that I've found has always been inside of me". We all have courage inside of us. Inside our hearts. And I hope and pray that this song is a reminder for those who hear it, to not give up and not lose hope. To keep pushing forward on this journey we call life. God is breathing air into our lungs this very moment. What will we choose to do with that breath? May we persevere with courage!"
Gambino was born in Brazoria County, Texas, in the city of Lake Jackson. Residing there for ten years before moving to Angleton, TX. At the age of 17, and already playing the guitar and singing for about a year at this time, Gambino started to play and sing in his church Youth Group while leading worship. He then started to attend Brazosport College, Richwood in 2004, but later dropped out to start his eight year enlistment term with the U.S. Navy, where he served one tour in Iraq as a United States Seabee with NMCB (Naval Mobile Construction Battalion) Twenty Eight in 2007.
When faced with the decision to re-enlist or to leave the Navy, Gambino was very passionate about his music and believed that he would go somewhere with it. A record label out of Oklahoma helped him make his decision when they called him with a record deal to sign, several months after submitting the original, “Your Love Runs Deep” from the album “Shadows” by Shattered Silence (released Feb 4th, 2014).
Gambino then left the Navy to pursue his career in music, January of 2013.
In 2017, Gambino left Shattered Silence as the lead vocalist/front man and embarked on a journey as a soloist. Since then, he has released a handful of singles as well as two EPs and a full length album.
Gambino is a committed follower of Jesus Christ and desires to write music, not for a certain audience, but music that anyone can relate to in their own life.
Gambino cites Jon Foreman, Switchfoot, Needtobreathe, Judah & The Lion, Ben Rector, Dustin Kensrue, David Crowder and Dave Matthews Band, just to name a few, as some of his musical influences.
Gambino's songwriting tends to be very deep, soulful and something that tugs on the heart.