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Kelowna singer shocked by response from community following release of dad duet

Justin and Paul Moore perform a duet.
January 07, 2020 - 7:00 AM

Justin Moore wasn’t anticipating any attention, let alone fanfare when he posted a video of a duet he and his dad recorded over winter break.

“My credit card got stolen, so I couldn’t do any paid advertising for this post, and I’ve been told you can’t get anywhere organically anymore,” Justin said Monday, Jan. 6, during a quick lunch break between classes at Okanagan College.

“So, we didn’t expect much in that way… It was meaningful to us, personally, because it was the first time we had a professional style recording where we could hear what our voices sound like together.”

The video shows Justin singing the Ed Sheeran portion of the song Perfect Symphony and his dad singing Andrea Bocelli's part. It went up on YouTube Jan. 4.

At around 10 p.m. Sunday — one night after posting it— it had around 900 views. By mid-afternoon the next day, views were somewhere in the area of 7,000, and the comments that are attached show nothing but love for the father and son sound — some even confessed to crying as they watched the video.

“I was really surprised this morning to see it,” Justin said. “I’ve been trying to figure out why people like it so much, and I think whenever a father and son do anything together it’s innately meaningful. With a performance like this, you get a look inside at who we are and how our lives are together.”

Justin’s dad, Paul, is a well-known entity in the Okanagan. He grew up in Armstrong, followed his own dad’s path into music and, while in university focusing on playing the saxophone, he discovered he was a natural in the voice department.

“He’s a world-class tenor — highly trained — and has performed all over the world,” Justin said. “He studied at The Juilliard School and McGill … and he moved back here with my mom to have a family because it was quieter than Manhattan.”

Since then he’s taught hundreds of students and it’s quite likely his most prized pupil is Justin, who has also performed as a professional tenor in environments like the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra.

They’ve sung together many times, and although Justin is classically trained, he is also into more contemporary music, which can be seen with the half-dozen songs he’s recorded and posted on his YouTube channel.

They know music, they know how each other sounds and the ease in which they perform together is obvious from the video and as several people have noted.


The casualness of the recording is most apparent with Paul, who’s holding a pretty ordinary, polka dot mug while offering up some transcendent sounds.

“He was having his morning coffee during the shoot,” Justin said, adding a loving “you do you, man.”

Paul’s part of the video took two takes — Justin said it only needed one, but his dad was being picky.

Then when he did his portion at home, it was another quick run and somewhere, in between, they found a sweet spot that people are revelling in.

“It’s awesome so many people took joy from it,” he said.

To hear more of Justin's music check out his spotify channel.

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