Justin has been surrounded by music since the day he was born. His father Chris has been involved in just about every facet of the music industry, from playing the key boards and singing to producing albums in the studio. Over time, Justin and his brothers decided to take up what felt like the family business.
While his older brother Dione played the keyboards and his younger brother Gabriel played trumpet, Justin found himself more suited to playing drums. Growing up, the trio played in the church band, which their father was in charge of, and worked on numerous CD projects.
The brothers continued to play together as they got older, however, their individual career paths split into different directions. Dione went into computer programming; Gabriel got a degree in Jazz studies and performance while Justin began his career as a professional football player in the NFL.
Although these paths may seem worlds apart, the brothers feel the combination makes for a perfect recipe for success. As a programmer, Dione is able to help with web design and maintenance. Gabriel is better equipped to prepare new musical works and make connections within the industry, while Justin’s career in the NFL provides the marketing power and initial funding needed to get on their feet. To top it off, their father is able to draw upon his vast experience and guide his sons as they continue their family’s musical journey.
Through many years of realizing their true potential as musicians and identifying what each has to offer, “THE HOUSE OF BETHEL” was born.
Dione Bethel grew up watching his father, Chris, play the piano at church and at home. It didn’t take long for Dione to begin exploring his own talents on the keys, learning to play music by ear. At the age of 11, he began playing alongside his father in the church.
When he’s not jamming on the keyboard with House of Bethel, Dione is an officer in the Army and resides with his wife Amira and their 2 children.
Justin’s first drum set? Pots and pans underneath the kitchen sink. It didn’t take too many dirty dishes for his father to decide it was time for the real thing.
Like his brothers, Justin was always taught that practice makes perfect, and this philosophy helped him to become both a talented drummer and athlete. In 2012, Justin was drafted into the NFL by the Arizona Cardinals. He continues to lend his gifts in music to the House of Bethel.
With piano and drums already covered by his older brothers, Gabriel needed his own instrument to round out the band. He decided to choose the trumpet.
Gabriel attended the University of South Carolina to cultivate his musical talents, honing his craft and learning how to compose. He graduated with his music degree with an emphasis in Jazz studies and applied those skills to writing and playing for House of Bethel.