Picture this formative snapshot: Folk-rock, singer-songwriter Julia King as a little girl listening on her Discman to an anthemic soundtrack of escape while she works on her family farm. Surrounding her is a small crowd of upper echelon people going about their day. Fit together, these images almost form a surreal Norman Rockwell painting of the American Dream—that was bound to break though these life-given boundaries.
Through iron will, Julia has reinvented and reclaimed her life as a worldly creative. Now, the country girl who was raised on rock n’ roll embraces a career as a solo artist.
Growing up as a local farmers daughter in the Hamptons, the summer playground for the wealthy, Julia escaped her surroundings being uplifted by Motown and comforted by the sweet moodiness of Van Morrison, among other foundational and influential artists. Immersed in these songs, Julia transcended her environment. Surrounded by song, Julia felt understood by these artist’s words, and uplifted by their soulfulness—in short, they made her feel special.
“I’ve always felt I was destined for something different and special,” confides the Greenport, New York-based artist. “My music reflects my born-to-stand-out attitude. I don’t shy away from difficult subjects. I enjoy tastefully, and poetically, expressing the affinity all humans have for love, sex, angst, and freedom.”
For college, Julia attended Nashville's Belmont University, studying Music Business, before realizing she was an artist, and dropping the biz from the equation. A handful of left turns, however, found Julia earning a kinesiology degree, and aiming her life toward health, wellness, and fitness.
However, by 2012, Julia was stuck in a toxic job, and called on music once again to reimagine surroundings. Only this time she created her own music to experience transcendence. Now, music was finally in the front seat of her life, and everything else was organized around being a creative person. Soon, she found herself in the hub of the thriving artistic community of Greenport, New York as a respected fixture on the local music scene.
Julia writes based on emotion, and her songs boldly defy categorization, encompassing rock n’ roll, pop, folk, and intimate singer-songwriter territory. Julia has garnered favorable comparisons to strong female, modern classic artists such as Melissa Etheridge, Sheryl Crow, Alanis Morrissette, and Norah Jones. Recently, she earned a prime feature profile in regional arts online periodical Northforker.com.
“For me, it’s really important every facet of the song connects with the emotions and images I want to share. I seek to convey situations with literal images, and paint pictures in song,” Julia reveals. “In the end, I hope these slices of life are comforting, letting the listener know they’re not alone, and that someone else has gone through what they’re experiencing.”
While on route to this profound rebirth, Julia has earned her stripes as an elegant eccentric—she currently has crates full of certifications in fitness; she has distinguished experience as wine and saké sommelier; and she has adventured to many foreign lands where she learned different languages and immersed herself in a bevy of cultures and religions.
To date, Julia has issued the enlightening and empowering country pop-rock single “One Way Ticket To Somewhere” (2017), and the sensual roots-rock EP, The Morning After (2016). Her songs have a country flair, a rocking edge, and exhibit refreshing raw emotionality.
“I grew up with that tough love phrase ‘there’s no crying in baseball,’ but I was an emotional kid,” she details. “When I started writing songs, I realized no one wants to listen to you cry, but they’ll listen to you sing. So, songwriting became the way I express what I felt like I couldn’t express in any other way.”
Fittingly, The Morning After EP is about short relationships and the racy and raw emotions we experience in these dizzying, exciting, and, sometimes, heartbreaking situations. The EP spans the full curve of feelings in these various contexts. “One Night” and “Please, Take Your Clothes Off” ooze playful sexy impulsiveness with slow-burn sensuality. The reflective pastoral pop of “Never Be Lonely” is both feminine and feministic. Darker hues are represented by a pair of haunting tracks, “The Ghost” and “Dangerous Man.”
Today, Julia is living a carefully curated life of creativity hard fought from dirt road beginnings. She’s now focused on music 100%, and, up next, Julia will be making a music video and planning for a future album. From a vantage point of soulful contentment, she says:
“I am finally at a place in my life where I have become one of the eccentric people I used to dream about. I’m so proud that I wasn’t afraid to put my heart on the line, and that I didn’t give up on my dreams.”
-Written by: Lorne Behrman