Born: February 4, 1977
Jazz Times critic Christopher Loudon states that Hardy lives, like [Kurt] Elling and [Bobby] McFerrin, in a musical world of her own, and it is a marvelously dynamic place.
With one step into the world of Julie Hardy, it is clear that she is not a typical jazz singer. The Wish, her new release on World Culture Music (September 2007), shows us a highly trained composer, improviser and re-inventor of jazz standards, backed by a spectacular collection of some of New York's best young jazz talent.
Through a diverse program of wordless originals and re-workings of timeless standards, Hardy has developed a sound that is truly unique and honest. She aims to tell a story with or without lyrics and she carefully chooses repertoire based on a strong, personal connection. Arranging is a way of making standards my own and connecting to the song. Hardy's unique and modern approach puts a fresh spin on the standards she sings, helping to bring them into the here and now instead of looking back towards the past. I chose the songs on this record because they move me and not because it is expected of me as a jazz singer....
The WishWorld Culture Music
A Moment's GlanceFresh Sound New Talent
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- The Wish by Budd Kopman