Julie's music is based firmly in the blues; early influences like Solomon Burke and Etta James flavor her sound. The emotional intensity of these icons can be felt in the music she creates. As an artist she is unconfined, and therefore open to inspiration from everywhere. Elements of jazz, soul, swing, rock, and much more can also be heard within her music; Her only master the muse, and her focus solely on honoring the song in its truest form.
Called "a major singing and songwriting talent" by Blues Revue Magazine, she's released several all original albums, hit the music charts, receives worldwide airplay, performs at events, and she was also up for a Grammy nomination for a song she co-wrote with legendary vocalist Shaun Murphy in 2013.
She performs with her exceptionally talented band at major music festivals, concert halls, and select venues, and she has shared the bill with many legendary artists (Johnny Winter, Shaun Murphy, Bettye Lavette, Buddy Guy, Robert Cray). She has appeared on television, radio and at many celebrated music festivals including: The Clearwater Jazz Holiday, Tropical Heatwave, Chasco Fiesta, Southwest Florida Music Festival, and Clearwater Sea Blues Festival. Her passionate live performances are intensified by the superb musicianship of her long-standing band; Dave Eichenberger (guitar), Father Bill Spicuglia (bass) & Frankie Timpanelli (drums). Together they leave a lasting impression on listeners with a sound that transcends time & genre.
About Julie Black:
Based in Florida, Julie Black's roots extend into Illinois & California. She began writing songs at eleven years of age, and has written thousands of songs to date. A prolific songwriter, she has been known to write as many as ten songs a day (and on several occasions more), when left to her own devices. Her musical taste was defined early in life, when she fell in love with Solomon Burke's 45; Cry to Me. Burke's music was a powerful medicine, easing the pain of a dark and trying childhood, and planting the seeds of what would become an extraordinary journey. Amazingly, before his passing, Julie had the opportunity to connect with Burke (The King of Rock & Soul) and thank him. His response was filled with love and support, and he expressed how much he enjoyed Julie's music. His influence and encouragement were invaluable and further fueled Julie's creative intensity.
Her debut release, Call Me Angel for Blues was issued in 2007 by BOJA Records, the independent label of music veteran Bob Langford (Deep Purple, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Joe South etc.) and mastered by Rodney Mills (R.E.M., Charlie Daniels, Gregg Allman, Pearl Jam, Journey Patsy Cline, etc.). The album caused quite the buzz. Blues Revue Magazine, the world's largest blues publication, referred to her as "a major singing and songwriting talent". The all original album climbed up the charts, including those at XM Sirius Satellite Radio, and was also named one of the Top 5 Contemporary Blues Albums of the Year by Blues Critic Radio. Call Me Angel for Blues, continues to play on blues, jazz & rock stations worldwide.
She released another successful album entitled You Just Might Win in 2010, which featured all original material. The reviews were glowing, critics and fans strongly connected with Julie's songwriting and unique musical style. The album earned heavy rotation, increased Julie's fan base, and the album rose into the Top 10 at B.B. Kings' Bluesville on XM Sirius, and remained there for several weeks.
In 2012, Come On In This House was released, which was the first single of Julie Black's digital release project. The recording put a spine-tingling spin on the well-known blues classic made famous by Buddy Guy & Junior Wells. Celebrated by blues lovers, the song expanded upon the influences of soulfully charged influences like; Junior Wells, Buddy Guy, Elmore James, & Koko Taylor and was received with open arms not only within the blues community, but also attracted new listeners to appreciate the power of blues music.
Julie Black's latest album, Follow the Muse, reaches even deeper into the creative realm. Released late 2014, each song on Follow the Muse is full of energy and magic, with subjects and atmospheres as diverse as those experienced in life. The album offers listeners a series of rich soundscapes to travel through, the emotional current vast and powerful, a journey led by the muse. Response to album has been overwhelmingly positive, with further recognition being given to Julie's profound songwriting and the album's all-encompassing emotional experience for listeners. The album opens with a sexy funk track entitled "Shout It", and closes with "The Call" which may be Black's most powerful musical statement yet. A mighty swell of sound and energy, "The Call" shows Julie and her band as nothing less than a force of nature. From start to finish the album is an extraordinary musical journey. In her words "Close your eyes and feel the music…"
Julie Black is committed to originality and the artistic process, exploring many creative possibilities. She lives her life in the creative flow, open to the muse, ever-evolving, and always in a state of creation. In addition to performing with her own band, she writes & co-writes songs for/with other performers (including celebrated vocalist & recording artist Shaun Murphy and Finnish Blues/Rock band The Ärräpää Orchestra), is part of a free-form music looping duo, and is a visual artist as well (sculpture, painting, digital, and mixed-media). Filled with emotional truth, clarity, vision, and understanding, Julie Black is a genuine original with something interesting to say.
Julie Black is a critically acclaimed artist, singer, songwriter, and poet who inspires with stories of life, love, and loss. Her powerful vocals weave a potent message that resonates long after the music has ended. Genuine and emotionally uninhibited, Julie Black presents her work with strong conviction and a level of honesty that is rare and refreshing. She takes listeners on a journey through many spaces, places, and states of mind on her captivating new album Follow the Muse.
A kindred spirit of free and fiery souls, Julie Black finds common ground with those who have gone against the grain, blazed new trails, and left a unique imprint on art, science, culture, and humanity. Inspiration comes from life, her own story being deep, complex, and inspiring. She also senses the muse in the outside world…every falling leaf, wandering soul, broken heart, hero, zero, and so much more has the potential to become a part of her art and music. In her words, "every life is worthy of a song." Every person who crosses her path has the potential to be woven into her work. Julie Black is one-of-a kind, whose art, music, and poetry provides a whole new perspective , and beckons the listener to consider things more deeply.