Julia Free

Julia Free

BandPopAlternative

I've been around the world and have had a chance to play and write all kinds of music but if I had to describe the music it's the So Cal sound with a little of bit of English pop thrown in for good measure and of course some American Singer/Songwriter

Biography

Influenced by some of the best elements of the So-Cal Sound, native California singer, songwriter, and keyboard artist, Julia Free has taken her experiences in traveling the world and created her own seductive style spiced with some lilting rhythms. Raised in the southern California seaside community of Manhattan Beach, Free’s gift for singing was already apparent at age three when she put her own spin on some well-known nursery rhymes. Those nursery rhymes were just a stepping stone into Free’s adolescent years, when she began creating and singing some of her own songs while cruising on her skateboard along the neighborhood boardwalk. By her late teens Free’s Los Angeles band, Free Enterprize, had become a popular local opener for top rock and roll bands like Santana, Taj Mahal, and Bob Welch. While with Free Enterprize, a progressive indie rock group, the band put out two CDs. The CD “Voo Doo in the City,” with its main single by the same name, became a favorite among Los Angeles KROQ listeners and secured the band’s place in the So-Cal music scene. The band also put out another CD “Cake Walk.” Free says her earliest musical influences came from the music her sisters and parents listened to, such as the Mamas and the Papas and Fleetwood Mac. She also loved the songs of Rosemary Clooney and Ella Fitzgerald, which ignited her passionate for good lyric writing. She added to those influences in a major way by moving in another direction. Free took some time away from LA to study art and French, first in Quebec and then in Paris, France, but her love for music followed her no matter where her life took her. In Paris, Free sought out other artists, honing her craft and learning about music and musicians from other cultures and musical styles. She was also inspired by the spirit of Americans like Josephine Baker, who found their “voice” in the Parisian clubs. It was no surprise then that it was in Europe that Free began playing solo on the Paris Café scene in the popular Marais section of the city. After three years in Paris, Free returned to Los Angeles and produced her first solo CD “Strange Case of Euphoria,” drawing from the musical influences she experienced and came to love overseas. Free seamlessly blends a myriad of musical styles into one powerful collection, from the torchy atmosphere that oozes from the track Boo Hoo, which Free equates with a contemporary Peggy Lee sound, to the pop drenched Girl I Knew. “Strange Case of Euphoria,” was a culmination of Free’s early nursery rhymes and her later eclectic European sounds. More importantly, it’s a reflection of Free’s view of how life can best be lived, as she says in her own words, “I really loved my childhood and growing up by the sea. Your childhood really influences so much of your life and whether it’s good or bad really does matter over the years. Mine was definitely very good. So how do I describe my music? It’s children’s music for adults

Lyrics

Betty

Written By: Julia Free

BETTY

I met an old woman on the street today and she said her name was Betty
lived in this neighborhood some forty years or more and she said it didn't get much better no never really better

just the time goes by so slowly I remember the hour of the day when my husband died years go by so slowly I remember a time when I didn't need this walking chair
I didn't need a walking chair

her Father came over on a boat like so manny others and he used to own a clothing store on Melrose
in the Fifty's when the lady's dance on by you know those lady's will dance oh and the lady's they would dance on by

and the time goes by so slowly I remember the gleam in the morning and my son's first cry years go by so quickly I remember the time when I didn't need this walking chair didn't need a walking chair

time goes where dose the time go
years go by and so did I

I looked down at her and she inspired
me she said your such a fine young woman thanks for taking your time to walk awhile with me and now the city's shining now and it doesn't really get much better no never really better really better

just the time goes by so slowly I remember the years and they pass the years go by

I met an old woman on the street today

Discography

Voo Doo In The City (CD with Free Enterprize)
Cake Walk (CD with Free Enterprize)
Strange Case Of Euphoria ( Julia Free)
All songs on Strange Case Of Euphoria iTunes (streaming)
Turn The Soil Digital Radio Airplay
Strange Case Of Euphoria Digital Radio Airplay
Turn the Soil (Digital Radio Airplay)
currently recording new C D release Date April 09

Set List

Current Set List
Boys Gone Missing
Girl I Knew
Can't Get It Out Of My Head (ELO Cover)
These Games
I Love Kelly
Sweet Girl ( Stevie Nicks Cover)
Boo Hoo
Shatttered
Buy Me Something Sweet
Strange Case Of Euphoroa
Fantasy Love Fantasy World
My Cricket And Me (Leon Russell Cover)
Don't Look Back In Anger ( Oasis Cover)
Swimming