Julie is a multilingual, multicultural vocalist who sings in Arabic, French, English and Spanish. With a focus on world music, she performs in numerous groups including Layalina, the Austin Global Orchestra, and her own band, Rendez Vous. She currently lives in Austin, TX.
Rendez Vous is Julie's most recent project, a collaborative quintet with Austin musicians, specializing in French, American and international standards from the 1020s to the 1960s. She is honored to feature special arrangements by jazz legend, Dr. James Polk. The band premiered in 2013 to a sold out house at Esquina Tango with Dr. James Polk on keyboards, Roberto Paolo Riggio on violin, Michael Stevens on bass, Michael Maddux on accordion and Ethan Vlah on percussion. Since then, Rendez Vous has performed widely and become a meeting place for many talented local musicians and budding friendships. Julie has released a three-song EP, and most recently a five-song live EP recorded in Austin, TX. She has just released her first full length CD, Promenade Sentimentale, an 11 track journey through the many faces of love from loss to discovery. Over the years, Julie has revisited her Lebanese roots, expanding her musical repertoire to include Arabic music and is involved in several world music bands including Layalina, of which she is a cofounder, the Bereket Middle Eastern Ensemble, and the Austin Global Orchestra. She also collaborates with Austin's 1001 Nights Orchestra, Ojàla, Indimaj, and Atlas Maior. She is a member of Swan Songs, an organization that fulfills musical wishes for senior citizens on their last chapter of their journey through life. She is also a member of the Threshold Choir, an international volunteer organization of women who sing for patients on their final journeys, locally at Hospice Austin's Christopher House.