Net Worth: $700'000
Justin Guarini is an American singer, musician, and record producer who has a net worth of $700’000. Justin Guarini first rose to fame in 2002 as the runner-up to Kelly Clarkson on the first season of “American Idol: The Search for a Superstar. ” While he didn’t end up as a grand prize winner, Guarini did score a contract with 19 Entertainment, the production company that created American Idol. His self-titled debut album was released in 2003, and the same year he starred in the critically panned flick From Justin to Kelly, where he starred opposite Clarkson. While his next album, titled Stranger Things Have Happened (2005), was just another proof that his recording career floundered, Guarini finally enjoyed success as a stage performer with his Broadway debut in the 2010 musical Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. He continues to sing, act and appear in commercials. Table of Contentedly Life Career Personal Life Early Life Guarini was born on October 28, 1978, in Columbus, Georgia. His father is Aldrin Bell, who served as the Chief of Police in Atlanta. He was also the former chairperson of the Clayton County Commission. His mother is Kathy Pepin, who worked as a journalist for WTVM in Columbus and then moved on to CNN. Guarini is half African-American. He was primarily raised by his mother and stepfather, a physicist named Jerry Guarini, after his parents got divorced. The family moved from Georgia to Doylestown, Pennsylvania, and he attended Central Bucks High School East. Guarini enjoyed music from a young age. He began performing with the Atlanta Boy Choir at the age of four. After moving to Philadelphia in 1985, he joined the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Boys Choir. He continued performing with choirs throughout his time in school and sang as the lead vocalist in the award-winning Cappella group, The Midnight Voices. The group released their own album in 1999 and created a music scholarship fund at Central Bucks High School East with the proceeds. During high school, Guarini performed in plays like “The Mystery of Edwin Druid”, “The Little Prince”, “The Pirates of Penance”, “The Taming of the Shrew”, and “Once on This Island. ” He also learned to play a number of instruments like the piano, guitar, and banjo. In 2001, Guarini worked as a director and performer at the Riverside Haunted Woods in Bridgetown Township, Pennsylvania. After graduating from high school, he attended the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He then moved to New York City to attend the School for Film and Television. During this time, he began working in various nightclubs and auditioned for parts in local theater productions. Around the time that he auditioned for “American Idol”, he also auditioned for and got a role in the Broadway production of “The Lion King. ” He ultimately had to choose between the two offers once he got cast on the “American Idol. ” GettyCareer Guarini’s time in the spotlight began when he landed a spot on the first season of “American Idol” after auditioning in April 2002. While he ultimately was the runner-up on the show to winner Kelly Clarkson. Following his “American Idol” experience, Guarini began recording his first album. The album, titled eponymously, debuted in June 2003. Around the same time, he co-starred in the film “From Justin to Kelly” along with Kelly Clarkson. The film was poorly received critically. His album sold around 146’000 copies and was released on RCA Records. Due to the album’s poor sales, Guarini was dropped from the label in December 2003. In 2004, Guarini landed a role in the pre-Broadway New York Stage and Film Powerhouse Theater production of the musical “Good Vibrations”, which premiered at Vassar College. He did well in the role and was offered to continue the role in the original Broadway production. In December 2005, Guarini co-produced his second album, “Stranger Things Have Happened”, through his own production company, Justice Entertainment, Ltd. On the album, Guarini displayed his skills in jazz. It was more positively reviewed than the first. He then worked on a song used in the documentary, “Project Everlasting”, which was later featured on the “Today Show. ” From 2007 to 2011, Guarini served as the permanent co-host for the shows “Idol Wrap” and “Idol Tonight” on the TV Guide Network. He also generally served as a co-host for various other TV Guide Network productions, as their coverage of the annual Grammy Awards and Emmy Awards. In May 2008, Guarini released an acoustic EP called “Revolve”, which featured three songs. Guarini returned to the stage in 2010 when he made his Broadway debut in the musical adaptation of Pedro Almodovar’s film, “Woman on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. ” He then landed a role in the Green Day rock musical, “American Idiot”, which premiered in March 2011. In 2013, he was cast in the modern Broadway production of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet. ” The following year, he joined the Broadway production of “Wicked. ” His work in the theater continued steadily, both at the national and regional level. He had lead roles in “Rent”, “Chicago”, and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamboat. ” Additionally. ” He also learned a recurring spot in Dr. Pepper television commercials beginning in 2015. Personal Life In February 2009, Guarini confirmed that he was engaged to Ran Candice. The couple got married on September 26, 2009, and pictures of their wedding were featured in People Magazine. In April 2011, the couple welcomed their first child, a son they named William. They then had a second child, Asher, in February 2013. Former with his Broadway debut in the 2010 musical Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. In 2011, he took on a lead role in the Broadway production of American Idiot, based on the 2004 concept album of the same name by the punk rock group Green Day.
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