Miss French

Miss French

Musicians | Instrument: Vocals | Location: Sydney

Blowsy Burlesqueness...razzle the dazzle big band brass.

—Fiona Ord-Shrimpton, All About Jazz

Updated: June 3, 2024

Born: February 13, 1958

Of European decent, Julie Foai (aka Miss French), was born in New Zealand to a musical family who fortunately decided to quit the rat race and move to Laingholm, a place with beaches, bush and lots of space in the Waitakere ranges. Here she would immerse herself in the magical world of native New Zealand bush, a world of day dreams and adventures. 

Her father, a jazz enthusiast, was not only a player of many instruments including trumpet and double bass, but he built instruments. Performing with the family at 10 years of age and later in Auckland bands, influenced by Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Billy Holiday and Joan Armatrading, she began writing songs from her own unique perspective. 

Teaming up with Opetaia Foa'i in her early twenties, the “Duo with a difference” performed for several years before founding Te Vaka in 1994.                                                                                                                   

After touring 40 countries over the last 20 years, taking Pacific music to the World as the manager of the internationally acclaimed South Pacific band, Te Vaka. And now finally seeing Te Vaka music signed to Walt Disney Pictures for the animated musical feature film, “Moana” her vision for Te Vaka has been achieved and the time is right to pick up where she left off and finally launch “The Trials and Tribulations of Miss French part one”, an album of original material, that comes from the heart in the Jazz/Blues and a little bit more genre.


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'The Trials And Tribulations Of Miss French Part Two' Out Now On Vinyl, CD And All Streaming Services

'The Trials And Tribulations Of Miss French Part Two' Out Now On Vinyl, CD And All Streaming Services

Source: Miss French

Of European descent, Julie Foai (aka Miss French), was born in New Zealand to a musical family who fortunately decided to quit the rat race and move to Laingholm, a place with beaches, bush and lots of space in the Waitakere ranges. Here she would immerse herself in the magical world of native New Zealand bush, a world of daydreams and adventures. Her father, a jazz enthusiast, was not only a player of many instruments including trumpet and double bass, ...

...."From the fabulous beginning of the first track with all that brass intro I was bowled over. Congratulations - I really really enjoy listening to it, very much like the singing 'style' and I think there are some really great songs on there"…
Barbara Ewing - UK Author and Actress.

 …”Blowsy Burlesqueness...razzle the dazzle big band brass. Vocal not dissimilar to Katie Melua. Nice if you don't prefer Georgian polyphonic singers”...
iona Ord-Shrimpton – Allaboutjazz USA

..."I loved this album through and through

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Music

Coffee's Getting Cold

From: The Trials and Tribulations of...
By Miss French

Racing With Time

From: The Trials and Tribulations of...
By Miss French