Justin received a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal of Honour on June 19th at Toronto’s Roy Thompson Hall. The award recognizes Hines’ achievement in music as well as his philanthropic work.
Hines has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning and has his own PBS Special all in support of his latest album, Days To Recall (Decca). In addition he has traveled the world, and played in front of sold out crowds in some of the most prestigious venues in North America. He’s even scaled down the side of a 33-story building in his wheelchair in support of children with disabilities. Larsen’s syndrome, a congenital joint condition which has kept him confined to a wheelchair his entire life, has not stopped Hines from achieving greatness in fact it has inspired him to dream larger than life.
Even though Justin grew up singing in church, the realization of pursuing his musical dreams happened at the most unlikely of places— at a Toronto Raptors’ basketball game in his hometown 15 years ago. A then 14-year-old Justin won a vocal competition to sing the National Anthem at the game — both the Canadian and American — and his world opened up before him. “In that moment, it all seemed possible,” he recalls. Thrown in the deep end, Hines has performed professionally ever since and realized he could not only survive, but succeed.