Justin’s journey has taken him from The Boston Conservatory, where he honed his skills as an opera singer, to teaching voice lessons in his Connecticut home, all while serving as a dedicated volunteer fireman at the North Stonington Volunteer Fire Department.
One day, while Justin and his daughter Lyla were out and about, they stumbled upon a talented pianist in a hotel lobby. Clad in a casual T-shirt and shorts, Justin surprised onlookers when he began to sing “Ave Maria.” His powerful voice resonated throughout the lobby, drawing a small but appreciative audience around the piano.
In a heartwarming video that Justin later shared on Twitter, the camera captures Lyla gazing at her father with adoration in her eyes. The bond between father and daughter is evident as they frequently sing together, with Justin even serenading Lyla to sleep each night. Lyla, speaking to NBC News, expressed her love for listening to her dad sing “Ave Maria.”
Justin’s wife, Lauren, shared that Lyla adores Justin’s singing voice. The sight of Lyla’s awe-inspired expression in the video touched the hearts of many viewers. The crowd in the hotel lobby erupted in cheers and applause as Justin concluded his performance.
Overwhelmed with joy by the positive response, Justin reflected on how this experience evoked happy memories from his childhood. He reminisced about visiting Disney World with his parents, particularly staying at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort adjacent to the Grand Floridian Resort. Justin fondly recalled walking to the Grand Floridian Resort lobby, where piano music would fill the air. This recent event brought back those cherished moments and deepened his appreciation for the power of music.