Long before Julia King was playing NYC hotspots like Rockwood Music Hall and many of the 60 wineries in her home region of the North Fork, Long Island, she shared her songs more intimately with friends. Whether the stylistically eclectic singer/songwriter played pop, folk, country, rock or soul – or a combination thereof - they recognized a uniquely “Julia” style in her music and especially in the poetry of her lyrics.
Growing up on a rural Long Island farm, music was a way for her to escape the monotony. As a child, her father introduced her to Motown and classic rock, her grandmother always had the likes of Sinatra, Billie Holiday, and Patsey Cline playing. Julia connected deeply with the works of greats like Smokey Robinson and Van Morrison. She studied the music, the lyrics, and the history and inspirations behind the multitude of genres she was exposed to.
Yet instead of initially pursuing music, she followed her parent’s practical advice to earn a degree in exercise science at Belmont University in Nashville, TN. Although she worked in that field (at Equinox) for several years after moving to NYC, she felt inspired by her fond college memories of hanging out in Nashville studios with her friends who studied audio engineering. She had always wanted to perform, and learned a lot about songwriting during that time. While living in New York, she began writing more of her own songs and, with the encouragement of friends, performed wherever she could, cutting her teeth on the open mic circuit. Julia later left the exercise industry for a more flexible career as a sommelier, which allowed her more time to continue her pursuit of music. She released her debut EP The Morning After in 2016 and her previous single “One Way Ticket To Somewhere” in early 2018. Followed by singles: ‘Cannonball’ ‘Lovers Lament’ and ‘What Makes You Go’ All set to be a part of a greater body of work, Her first full length album ‘Radio Therapy’ set to be released some time in August/September 2019.
“I was always a singer and musical theater kind of gal,” she says. “My dad and grandmother were huge music lovers and very influential in my life, making me like a rolodex of songs and artists from every genre imaginable. Developing my vibe has been and will continue to be a lifelong process, and it differs depending the mood of the song – which really explains the overall moodiness of my work. I've always written from the heart. Song and performance have always been a coping mechanism for me, or a way I felt I could express my feelings most clearly. Each song to me has its own life, its own story to tell. So my goal when writing is to communicate the emotion and color of whatever story I am telling.”