500M+ streams on Stargazing with Kygo! Justin Jesso: From Radio Disney to hit singer-songwriter reveals BTS of collaborating with major stars, navigating the music industry and the $$$ behind it

Trading Secrets

May 8 2023 • 1 hr 1 min

This week Jason is joined by hit singer-songwriter, Justin Jesso who has over 8 billion streams on his collaborations with artists such as Ricky Martin, The Backstreet Boys, and Kyga!

Justin has since made his mark as a solo artist within the music industry starting by coming up within the music theater space in Chicago at a young age. After releasing his debut album at just 18, he eventually found himself touring with Disney artists such as Jesse McCartney, Jordin Spark, and Raven Simone all over the country. His song “Stargazing” has over 500 million streams on Spotify.

Justin gives insight to the importance of a song having his name and voice associated with it, how attending a camp sparked his interest in songwriting, how he got noticed by Radio Disney, breaking down what goes into a song, and how the payment is distributed for a song.  Justin also reveals how he ended up on tour with Jesse McCartney, Jordan Sparks, Raven Simone, and Mitchel Musso,  the different ways to monetize off a song, how much can be made on a general deal as a songwriter, the complexities of copyright in music, what inspired the screenplay he has written, and breaking down the role publishing and masters play with the Taylor Swift/Scooter Braun example. When did he get discovered? Does streaming or radio pay more for the publisher? What is his biggest issue with the music industry?  How long does it take for publishing money to come in? How did he get this stage name?

Justin reveals all that and so much more in another episode you can’t afford to miss!

Be sure to follow the Trading Secrets Podcast on Instagram & join the Facebook

Please note that this episode may contain paid endorsements and advertisements for products and services. Individuals on the show may have a direct or indirect financial interest in products or services referred to in this episode.


It’s golf. It’s not golf. It’s Topgolf. Pro-tip, download the app & book ahead of time to Come Play Around on Half-Price Tuesday, or any other day.

Visit cort.com/podcast to learn more and find the furniture package that fits your life

Host: Jason Tartick

Voice of Viewer: David Arduin

Executive Producer: Evan Sahr

Produced by Dear Media.