Julia Burrough has played music professionally in New England for over 15 years. A songwriter and singer of original and contemporary songs, she has performed on radio and TV, in concerts, clubs, coffeehouses and benefits. She has recorded three albums of original music: Brighter Road, A Journey of Miracles; Daylight; and Demons and Dreams. Her most recent recording, Brighter Road, was nominated "Best Recent Album" and "Best Female Vocalist" in the 1st Annual Valley Advocate Music Poll. It has been a top selling local album and presently has two distributors (New Leaf Distribution Company in Georgia and Ladyslipper, Inc. in North Carolina).
Brighter Roads is one of the most
powerful and courageous recordings ever by an area
Juila has opened in concert for various artists including 10,000 Maniacs, Ellen McIlwaine, Cathy Winter, Betsy Rose, Fred Small, Charlie King, Bernice Lewis and Joel Zoss. Her appearance with 10,000 Maniacs was so successful that she was invited to open for nationally known comedienne Paula Poundstone, and Jodi Herold of the Iron Horse asked her to open for the Roches.
Julia Burrough is unquestionably
the most powerful solo performer that I have ever
encountered. The emotional impact of her music, the
erasing of any distance between herself and the audience
and masterful control over intense poetic imagery make
her appearances breathtaking. Her songs are well-crafted
gems that range from satire to passion to story. She is
always right on the mark playing with taste, sensitivity
and, at times, great wit. She has been called for an
encore while an opening act! You'll have to hear her
because words can't tell anymore.
Julia calls her own music "spiritual folk-rock." She has a bent towards jazzy, a cappella tunes and rich melodies, and according to the Valley Advocate, "poignant lyrics and passionate soaring vocals." Her versatile style is sometimes reminiscent of Laura Nyro, Joni Mitchell and Bruce Cockburn. Depending on the setting, she may also sing tunes by contemporary artists: The Eagles, Van Morrison, Carla Bonoff, Carol King, James Taylor, Tom Waits, etc. She performs solo or ensemble with fellow musicians Annie Hassett (vocals) and Karen Copeland (percussion).
One of the standouts is certainly
the new album by Julia Burrough called 'Daylight'.
Burrough has a thrilling soprano voice. Her vocals vocals
could make the classifieds sound inspirational and she
has written a fine batch of tunes.
Julia has sung on live radio, including WRSI (Greenfield, MA); WFCR Valley Folk (Amherst, MA); WMUA, WTTT (Amherst, MA). She was a regular host of the Iron Horse's Pioneer Valley Folklore Society Open Stage from 1987-1993 and is a member of the People's Music Network. She has led group workshops in "Sound-voice Healing" and contracts to give private voice instruction.
Her name deserves much wider
recognition that it currently enjoys. Her way with words
and ironic perspective on life and love put her in a
singular class...music with passion and commitment and a
coy sense of humor.
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