Justin McRoberts Launches Multimedia Project CMYK: The Process of Life Together

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Bay Area Artist pushes conversation of faith and community.

“It started with a letter. It spoke directly to me in that moment.” The letter was addressed to Justin McRoberts from a boy he’d sponsored for nearly a decade. This boy, now 18, told McRoberts he was “like a father” to him. Fatherhood is far from a simplistic idea for McRoberts, particularly in light of his own father’s 1998 suicide. This letter served as the first step in a series that would eventually lead to the making of the CMYK Project. Fifteen letters, fifteen songs, three EP’s, a full length album and a book chronicle what McRoberts calls “the process of life together.” Describing the project, he says “Each song is paired with a letter written to someone important in my life. I wanted to express the particular way I see them and their journey of faith. ”

The project treads messy ground in conversations of faith, politics and sexuality. In many ways, it pokes and prods at conventional Christian thought while exemplifying the kind of love and compassion often absent in the speech of popular faith icons. Through the project, McRoberts exposes his internal monologue of issues and course corrections with emotional resonance and at the same time doesn’t feel preachy.

CMYK takes on an additional dimension with collaborative contributions from visual artists Dylan Mortimer, Macha Suzuki and Laura van Duren. Each artist created a piece as they’ve interacted with music from the CMYK project. McRoberts conducts interviews with each of the artists, both in video form as well as transcribed excerpts in the book, bringing a chorus of voices the the conversation of faith and relationship.

The book and corresponding music are available at Amazon, iTunes and on his website http://cmykproject.info.

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