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.
Julie began her musical journey in Beirut, Lebanon, where she grew up with Fairuz on the radio, her mother's 78s by Edith Piaf, Jacqueline François and other contemporaries, as well as listening to her mother singing some French or American Standard. During her college years in Pennsylvania, she explored different styles of music like Gregorian chanting, and after marrying her prince charming and moving to Allentown, PA she delved into musical theatre, joining the Muhlenberg Summer Repertory Theatre in The Mikado (Pitti Sing), Kismet (Princess Ababu), and Tales from the Arabian Nights (Scheherazade), and launched her cabaret career, creating the cabaret act, Etcétera, with fellow actor and friend Rod Gilkeson. In 1996, shortly after moving to Austin, TX, she was nominated for a B Iben Payne theatre award for her work in Deep in the Heart of Texas and continued performing in various Austin theaters including The State Theater (Man Of La Mancha), The Paramount with Austin Musical Theatre (Fiddler On the Roof), and The Scottish Rite Theatre with Austin Cabaret Theatre (Ann Hampton Callaway).Read more
Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson
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