With a promising EP, the new Atlantic Records songstress appears to have a long career ahead of her.
Surrounded by a pack of adults—some publicists and managers, others journalists and bloggers, and her mother, Justine Skye watched a full private room in New York City’s Philippe Restaurant raise champagne flutes in her honor. The lady of the hour, celebrating the release of her debut EP “Everyday Living,” couldn’t have a sip of the bubbly. “I'm underage and can't do that stuff,” she said with a gracious smile after thanking everyone for their presence. Justine turns 18 this Friday (Aug. 23), three years away from popping bottles for herself.
The Brooklyn, NY native can confidently file "Make quality ‘90s-era R&B" under her Can Do list, though. Throughout the evening, youthful cuts featuring her sultry vocals rang over the room. Unlike other teen stars that bop and sing lyrics seasoned listeners will figure they’ve yet to experience, Justine tightropes the line of age-appropriateness with ease in her Converse sneaks.
Instead of some overdone songs about impassioned love, there’s “Messin’ W/ You.” “Ain’t in a hurry/ Just living life/ So we chillin’, we chillin’/ Keep it trill…,” she sings. Nice, light, and real. The rest of “Everyday Living” falls in line. There's a solid cover of Aaliyah's "I Don't Wanna." “Never Leave” is another highlight. It's a silky midtempo about staying true to the guy she’s dating. Coincidentally, Justine’s actual boyfriend was present last night—bouncing around, stealing hugs from Skye when he could, goofing off and making funny faces in other people’s pictures. Together they looked like how her music felt: sweet.
Surely, there will be a time for heavier songs and even sadness. But for now, at 17, light is just fine. “Everyday Living” can be purchased here.