Justin Tranter is an American musician, songwriter and designer. His writing credits include collaborations with major artists such as Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani, Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber, DNCE, Nick Jonas, Maroon 5, Imagine Dragons, Fall Out Boy, John Legend and more. He got his start in the music industry as the lead singer of NYC rock band Semi Precious Weapons. Justin identifies as GNC (Gender non-conforming) and resides in Los Angeles.
Tranter began his activism with the initiation of an annual AIDS benefit while attending high school at the Chicago Academy for the Performing Arts. His advocacy continued while attending Berklee where he founded Musicians With a Mission, a scholarship fund for LGBT youth education. In 2016, after flying to Orlando to help with the aftermath of the 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting, Tranter joined with frequent collaborator, Julia Michaels, and GLAAD CEO, Sarah Kate Ellis to find a way to make a larger contribution. Through Interscope Records, and joined by many talented artists and the music community, they brought about the release of the charity single "Hands" to raise funds for Equality Florida Pulse Victims Fund, GLAAD, and the GLBT Community Center of Central Florida.
Tranter recorded his first album, Scratched, while still at Berklee. After graduation Tranter moved to New York where he put together his first band as the house band for an off-broadway show called Rockstars NYC. The show closed after 3 weeks and Tranter went on to record his second album, Tear Me Together.
In 2003, Justin won an Outmusic Award for the song "Blend In," co-written with Stephanie Delk, from "Scratched." Tranter began his music career on the Lower East Side of New York City's underground club circuit. In 2004, Tranter joined forces with fellow Berklee graduates, Cole Whittle, Dan Crean, and Aaron Lee Tasjan (who has since been replaced by Stevy Pyne) to form Semi Precious Weapons. He and Semi Precious Weapons opened for Lady Gaga on her Monster Ball from 2009 - 2011.
After moving to Los Angeles in 2012, Tranter signed a new publishing deal with Warner/Chappell Music to write songs for other artists. Since then he has collaborated on numerous Billboard hits including Bieber's "Sorry", Selena Gomez "Good For You" and "Hands To Myself", DNCE's "Cake By The Ocean", Maroon 5's "Cold" and many more.
Late Fall 2015, Britney Spears shared on Instagram that she was collaborating on her 9th album with Tranter and his frequent writing partner, Julia Michaels. In December 2015, Tranter was named one of Rolling Stone's "20 Biggest Breakouts of 2015" for his songwriting contributions to the 2015 pop charts. As of 2016, Tranter teamed up with Gwen Stefani to co-write her third solo album, along with Julia Michaels, entitled This Is What the Truth Feels Like. He also provided back vocals on Kygo's song "Carry Me", which was taken from his debut album, entitled Cloud Nine.