Justin Goldner

Justin Goldner is an American music producer, songwriter, arranger and session musician based in New York City, originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[1]

Justin Goldner
OriginPhiladelphia, PA
Occupation(s)producer, songwriter, musician, arranger
Instrumentsbass, guitar, mandolin, keyboards, electronics
Years active2007–present
Associated actsSting, Ben Platt, Pasek & Paul, Jason Robert Brown, Amanda Brown, Grace McLean, Linda Briceño

His performances have been featured on Grammy, Latin Grammy and Tony award-winning projects (Dear Evan Hansen),[2][3][4] as well as the Golden Globe winning film The Greatest Showman.[5] He is a frequent contributor to projects by composers Pasek and Paul and Jason Robert Brown, including the latter’s 2014 Broadway musical The Bridges of Madison County.[6][4]

Goldner has been recognized for his mandolin performances with Sting at Carnegie Hall in 2016 and live on NBC’s Christmas at Rockefeller Center in 2015,[7] as well as his live performance with Ben Platt on the 60th Annual Grammy Awards telecast from Madison Square Garden.[8][9] He also appears in Platt's music video for "Ease My Mind".[10]

As a music producer and songwriter, Goldner is known for drawing upon both acoustic and electronic textures.[11] Since 2009, his work as producer and bandleader of Grace McLean & Them Apples has yielded two albums, combining McLean’s vocal looping techniques with organic instruments.[12] Consecutive performances at Lincoln Center’s American Songbook Series in 2015 and 2016 garnered recognition in the New York Times, in which Stephen Holden wrote: “In the tradition of Bobby McFerrin, [Grace McLean] is also a sonic wizard who multiplies her voice in electronic loops that can turn a singer into a one-person chorus and rhythm section. […] The electronics wove in and out of polyrhythmic jazz and swing arrangements conceived mostly by Justin Goldner, her musical director and bassist.”[13]

Other notable production and songwriting releases have included folk-pop trio Saint Adeline's eponymous debut album,[14] Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio's Bubble Boy[15][16][17], and "Destiny", included on Hasbro's Jem & The Holograms tribute album.[18]

Goldner participated in numerous workshops developing the music for Pasek and Paul’s film The Greatest Showman[19], as well as their musical Dear Evan Hansen, which he ultimately performed on Broadway.[2][3][4] He has been featured in other performances with Ricky Martin,[20] Macy Gray, Donald Glover,[21] Ledisi,[22] Jordin Sparks,[23] Ludwig Goransson, Matisyahu, Amanda Brown,[24] Steve Martin, John Turturro,[25] Allison Williams, Jane Monheit,[26] Jesse McCartney, Emily Kinney,[27] Audra McDonald,[28] Jeremy Jordan, Cynthia Erivo,[29] Lolo, Grace Weber, Elle Varner, and his mentor, Meshell Ndegeocello.[19]. Goldner co-orchestrated the musical Deathless with composer Zack Zadek, which was presented at Goodspeed Musicals in 2017[30].

He has also performed classically with the Chelsea Symphony and Teatro Graticello, and performed live electronics and sound design with new acoustic crossover group 9 Horses.[11] Goldner is known as well for collaborations with Latin artists, including Latin Grammy-winning Venezuelan vocalist/trumpeter Linda Briceño[31][32] and Cuban rock band Del Exilio.[33][34]


Production & Songwriting[5]

  • Mike Tedesco – Hardly Recognizable (2019)
  • Hey Guy – "Stereo" (2019)
  • Neisha Grace ft. Natalie Weiss – "Lovestruck" (2018)
  • Jared Saltiel – Out of Clay (2018)
  • 9 Horses – "The Water Understands" (2017)
  • Cinco PaulBubble Boy [Original Cast Recording] (2017)
  • Alice J Lee – "In Love With Drew", "Trouble" (2016)
  • Janet KrupinHipster Pinup (2016)
  • Saint Adeline – Saint Adeline (2016)
  • Barnaby Bright – "Destiny" (released on Truly Outrageous: A Tribute to Starlight Records, 2015)
  • Grace McLean & Them Apples – Natural Disaster (2015)
  • Bri Arden – All The Above (2014)
  • Abby Bernstein – Talk in Tongues (2012)
  • Ryan AmadorSymptoms of a Wide-Eyed Being (2012)
  • Grace McLean & Them Apples – Make Me Breakfast (2012)
  • Carrie ManolakosEcho (2012)
  • Shaina TaubWhat Otters Do (2011)

As a Performer[5]

  • Kathryn AllisonSomething Real (2019)
  • Linda Briceño – 11 (Ella Bric & the Hidden Figures) (2018)
  • Jason Robert Brown – How We React and How We Recover (2018)
  • Tim KubartBuilding Blocks (2018)
  • Celia WoodsmithCast Iron Shoes (2018)
  • Dear Evan Hansen (Original Broadway Cast Recording) (2017)
  • The Greatest Showman (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (2017)
  • J3POMemory (2017)
  • Jon EpcarMorning Drone (2017)
  • Clinton Curtis – Getaway Car (2016)
  • Dillon KondorHostage (2016)
  • JihaeIllusion of You (2015)
  • The Bridges of Madison County (Original Broadway Cast Recording) (2014)
  • Del Exilio – Panamericano (2013)
  • Kerrigan-Lowermilk Live (2013)
  • Nick Blaemire & The Hustle (2012)
  • Drew Gasparini – I Could Use A Drink (2012)

Orchestration & Arranging


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