Plaquemine native lands spot on new MTV series

Touring with Trey Songz and outselling Beyoncé on iTunes Japan are just two accomplishments pushing singer Justin Garner to the forefront of the music industry.

And now, MTV has taken notice of his talent.

Garner will appear on the network’s new music competition series Copycat this summer.

Copycat places singers in head to head competition where they battle to see who can cover some of the most popular songs, from artists ranging from Usher to Katy Perry. The winner takes home bragging rights and a cash prize.

“Right now the music industry has become more focused on gimmicks,” Garner said. “This is a show that is bringing vocal ability back to the forefront of the industry.”

Copycat will begin airing in June.

“I’ve been working very hard this year on my music and it is rewarding that so many are taking notice,” he said.

He is planning a summer tour in the United States and Japan to promote his newest EP 7 and to celebrate the success of his album I Am.

In the future, Garner said he would like to be signed to major record label and believes that dream will become a reality very soon. His ideal music contract would be with a label supportive enough to invest in a singer who writes, co-produces and has independently released material. So far he has yet to be offered that non-controlling type of contract, but he has been meeting with several interested labels. Until then, he plans to continue pursuing his independent career and making himself undeniable.

Copycat will air on MTV June 2 at 6:30/5:30c. Watch the trailer here 

by Cameron James

City News Manager