Born: January 21
Versatility has never been a problem or a pose for singer Julie Christensen, whose voice found a home in the L.A. post-punk band Divine Horsemen and, for years, as a spotlighted singer with Leonard Cohen. With Something Familiar, her third CD, she adds another genre feather to the cap: jazz. Singing standards, and in her own signature style, is actually nothing new for the vocalist. In her sundry travels, geographically and musically, she has dipped into the Great American Songbook for years, from her native Iowa to years spent in Austin and Los Angeles, and onto her current life, based in Ojai, California. Something Familiar is more than a standards festival. The album title itself is taken from a fascinating Jimmy Webb-penned rarity, “Just Like Marilyn,” There is also the original “Hard to Love,” and a gritty-bluesy workout, “Today I Sing the Blues.” With her keyboardist and longtime creative cohort Karen Hammack, Christensen tracked in Brooklyn with noted jazz drummers Jeff Ballard and Kenny Wollesen, alongside bassists Mary Ann McSweeney and Don Falzone. Back on the west coast, trumpeter Jeff Elliott and pedal steel guitarist-of- note Greg Liesz added their spices to the mix. The end result is a fresh twist on old musical values, something familiar yet also otherwise. ...
“... from angelic, folky charm to truly badass bluesy wails; ...one of the loveliest voices in contemporary music”--LA WEEKLY
Sometihing FamiliarHousehold Ink Records
Love Is DrivingGroovy Dina Productions
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Willing to teach:
Intermediate to advanced students
Private instruction of all types of vocal students. Available weekdays and some evenings. Copy and paste this link to sign up: http://stonecupid.com/bio.html I teach online via Skype (a free download) as well as at home in Southern California. Julie has been teaching for a long time, and has worked with all types of voices and styles. Now, with free video conferencing, she can teach YOU. Here is what a couple happy singers have to say: "Julie is dynamic, engaging, and very encouraging as a vocal coach. I was able to feel relaxed and happy in lessons, even though I started lessons well into my forties and with no background. She is holistic in her approach: the feelings, the physiology, the musicality, the technique of singing is all addressed. And, she is a stupendous singer and performer in her own right." --Elizabeth Bowman " Thanks again for all the voice lessons a few years back. I still use the exercises you gave me." --Gina Loring "I so enjoyed our time together and really look forward to doing it again."--Kathleen D. "I found some extra power when I go high. And I have more stamina." -- Eli Behar of Hindu Kush Credentials: (see also bio and discography) Education University of Texas at Austin (20 credits) Majoring in Music GPA 3.5 coursework includes: Arranging, Theory, Sight Singing, Piano Study University of Iowa Majoring in Asian Studies and Drama ( 32 credits) GPA: 3.78 was awarded a place on the Dean's List coursework includes: Chinese Language, Rhetoric, Scene Study, Linguistics, Theater Affiliations Member of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), Screen Actor's Guild (SAG), and North American Folk and Dance Alliance. Past Positions: The Thacher School Ojai, CA Position: private vocal instructor Oct 2002-June 2008 Working with Ivy-League Prep School high-powered students on vocal and performance technique Management of study materials, recitals, and audition preparation Ojai Valley School Ojai CA Position: elementary and middle-school vocal and piano instructor September 1999- June 2001 Management of their quarterly recitals and preparation