Drummer for Tennessee Kings, Justin Meeks has experienced a broad exposure of the music industry. Born November, 1979 in Indianapolis, Indiana, Justin would sit in the studio as his mother sang jingles and did voice-overs. He would tag along for site surveys with his father, who designed recording studios and public address systems. Shortly after the family moved to North Carolina, Justin headed to Nashville, Tennessee to attend Belmont University. As a performance major, he studied under teachers/mentors Chester Thompson and Brian Fullen, and also gained technical knowledge for live and studio audio. While at Belmont, Justin had his fateful introduction to Kyle Whalum and Tyler Cain.
Parting ways after college, Justin played with various touring Christian artists and bands. In 2005, he married his wife Kathryn. Wanting a change of scenery in his profession, Justin started working with a touring production company as an audio technician. He toured with Gretchen Wilson, Big $ Rich, and Kenny Chesney in his first year with the company. In the mean time, Justin reconnected with Kyle and
Tyler, and formed the rock trio Wailin’ Canes. After two addition years touring as an audio technician for Chesney, Justin felt the urge to return more permanently to the creative life. He left Kenny’s tour on good terms and joined his band mates, playing for four years with country soul singer James Otto. Justin thoroughly enjoyed the time spent with his musician brothers and was reluctant to leave when James started spending less time on the road. He returned to the production world and the Chesney clan as a system tech. In between tours, Justin filled his schedule playing for artists Brett Eldredge, Jaida Dreyer, and Jana Kramer. He also toured as a set carpenter for Lady Antebellum.
It was in the off season of these tours that Justin first met Jay Allen. He joined Tyler and Kyle to record an EP for Jay in late 2012. A few short months later the four confidently joined forces to form Tennessee Kings.