By Pat Sherman
Rancho Peñasquitos has defied its snooze-inducing reputation in recent years, becoming the launching pad of glammed-up American Idol alum, Adam Lambert, and the homespun horror film franchise, Paranormal Activity.
Now, Peñasquitos native and R&B vocalist Krys Justice is hoping his recent chart success will catapult him to similar heights. With a new single and video, All Night Long, the 28-year-old could be poised to place PQ on the map once again.
The single Chemistry, off Justice's 2010 CD, Juggernaut, reached No. 18 on the Dance Top 50 Chart, while his follow-up single, All Night Long, received Best Music Video and Best Dance Song nominations at the 2010 Hollywood Music in Media Awards, and was one of the 10 "Most Added Tracks" on the DJ Times National Club Charts.
"I'm just really honored and humbled that I'm charting so well," says Justice, who currently calls Rancho Santa Fe home.
A fitness addict who ran track and played soccer and football at San Pasqual High School in Escondido, Justice can pit his shredded abs against those of just about any hip-hop or rap icon, from 50-Cent to Kanye to Usher.
"I probably go to the gym at least four to five times a week," he says. "I'll do cardio in the mornings for about 30 or 40 minutes, and then in the afternoons I'll break out muscle groups and do some resistance training."
Justice was raised on Motown and MTV legends before picking up one of his father's saxophones and going on to learn piano and 10 other instruments. In high school, he attended The Stanford Jazz Workshop, during which
he roomed with Carlos Santana's son, Salvador, for two summers.
He says his "urban electronic" music was heavily inspired by the David Guetta and Akron single, Sexy Bitch.
"When that song hit, I just wanted to learn more and started listening to deadmau5, Tiësto and every European type of club DJ. It was just getting the club bug, I guess you would say."