Julia Lau

Julia Lau

BandPopAdult Contemporary

Julia Lau blends the earthy, down-home honesty of Jewel with the hip-swaying attitude of Sheryl Crow to create a mood all her own in acoustic alt/rock. And with evocative and compelling songs, reminiscent of Sarah McLachlan, she is seducing listeners wherever she goes.

Biography

In February 2006, singer/songwriter Julia Lau released her long-awaited debut album “In The Wildflowers And Weeds” to a full house at San Francisco’s renowned Cafe Du Nord. The event was a huge success, garnering media and industry attention. And, the CD release turned into a full month celebration with shows hosted at the Red Devil Lounge and Hotel Utah.

In a recent feature, Evolution Of Media called the album “a quietly stirring beauty of a first CD.” Reviewer Gina Morris goes on to explain “Lau has a haunting voice that’s similar to Dido’s, but with more grit.” And, The Music Scene comments, “smart, compassionate, heartfelt, soulful and sincere... like Sarah McLachlan, Lisa Loeb and others of their ilk.”

“I feel so good right now,” exclaims Lau. “It’s been amazing getting all the great reviews and press. But, in all honesty, the best part of it all has been getting these beautiful letters from listeners telling me how touched and inspired they’ve been by the music. It brings me full circle because making an impact on people's lives is what this is all about for me and why I chose to make music in the first place.”

Julia is the youngest of six in a Chinese immigrant family. Between helping her parents with the family carpet cleaning business and her schoolwork, there wasn’t much time for the arts. At UCLA, she studied Asian American Studies and got involved with community campaigns around garment workers’ rights. Before long, her interest in social justice work became the focus of her energies. After graduation, she worked as a community organizer with a nonprofit grassroots organization in San Francisco’s Chinatown. Alongside local residents, she waged campaigns for improved housing conditions and headed a youth leadership and development program.

Lau explains, “I really believe in direct action organizing. I didn’t love the work. It’s hard and thankless work. But, I had to do it. I still think it’s the most important work out there to be done. And, if music weren’t so much in my soul, I would still be out there knocking on doors.”

Julia is a multifaceted artist who defies any one characterization. Her acoustic guitar-based songs are at times, playful, dreamy and romantic and at other times, dark and haunted. In a set that mesmerizes, she moves effortlessly from poignant stories of struggle to flirty love songs… from songs filled with despair and longing to cathartic songs tackling universal themes like fear and learning to let go.

“The songs I want to write will tell the stories that aren’t being told whether it’s telling a truth about the world and our lives that we don’t want to talk about or inspiring someone to be more courageous or a nicer person.” comments Lau.

Julia continues to perform with her band to crowds of fans in venues across the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.

Lyrics

Sun Sets

Written By: Julia Lau

i know cause i’ve been there before
and i’ve learned that when the long hand turns
what i want and hold most dear
could change or fade away

the sun sets so fast
the days come to pass
and i’ll be here
wrapped with you beneath the moon
as the night slowly breaks
the calm holds your name
and claims me, i will always love you

i walk past the dreams that have gone
right to the edge
right where the water makes us
ebb and flow to where the tide goes and breaks, where it breaks

the sun sets so fast
the days come to pass
and i’ll be here
wrapped with you beneath the moon
as the night slowly breaks
the calm holds your name
and claims me, i will always love you

the sun sets so fast
but the moon’s here to cast
its glow and show the shadows dancing by us
as the winds slowly change
i hear them call my name
and i’m taken
i will always
always
always
love you

Learning To Let Go

Written By: Julia Lau

swirling thoughts in my head
round and round
think of what he said
what happens now
i can still run after him
apologize for what i did
but i let it pass
as i sit there on the step
i close my eyes
cause i know that with each deep breath

i'm learning to let go
of all the things i think i need
i’m learning to let go
of what i thought my life would be
the little things
that grab at me
the worrying
and the hurrying
i’m learning to let go

driving down a dark curving road
changing lanes each mile we go
we try to move on from the past
and avoid another crash
but i let it pass,
as i sit there on the step
i close my eyes,
cause i know that with each deep breath

i’m learning to let go
of all the things i think i need
i’m learning to let go
of what i thought my life would be
the little things
that grab at me
the worrying
and the hurrying
i’m learning to let go

i’m learning to let go
of all the things i think i need
i’m learning to let go
of what i thought my life would be
the hungry ghosts
haunting me
the worrying
and the hurrying
i’m learning to let go
i’m learning to let go
i’m learning to let go
i’m learning to let go

You And Me

Written By: Julia Lau

we stayed in the car
in the dark
the moon was full
and hanging low
and we talked about our lives
what passed us by
your hand was warm
and mine was cold
shooting stars, sparks that night
and we could hardly breathe, watching the sunrise

you and me, and sand in our shoes and
you and me, laughing like fools
you and me, and lavender skies and
you and me, asking for kisses goodnight
as we lay side by side

we ran thru the rain
and our hearts raced
our hair was wet
our eyes were bright
and then you grabbed me close
we were nose to nose
your lips were soft
they spoke to mine
blooming buds, sun-drenched rays
and what has taken root, won’t ever wilt away

you and me, and sand in our shoes and
you and me, laughing like fools
you and me, and lavender skies and
you and me, asking for kisses goodnight

you and me, and sand in our shoes and
you and me, laughing like fools
you and me, and lavender skies and
you and me, asking for kisses goodnight everynight

Discography

In The Wildflowers And Weeds (featuring 12 tracks and over 46 minutes of music) To purchase the album, visit http://cdbaby.com/cd/julialau.

Set List

Julia’s set features her emotive and compelling AAA/alt/rock songs with a few choice covers added in for accent. The show is ideal for keeping a diverse audience entertained from 1-3 hours, indoors or outside.

Clay
The Sun Sets
Fear
Our Last Goodbye
My Lonely Eyes
Pretty Please
Landslide, Fleetwood Mac
You And Me
To Be Beautiful
Witness
Resurrection
I Can’t Stand To Be
Learning To Let Go
Fire And Rain, James Taylor
All I Have
It's You That I Want
Indigo
Look Into Her
Mindful Of You
It's Life
Maybe
Alison, Elvis Costello
Orion’s Gaze
Now You Think You’re In Love
Love Doesn’t Hurt Like This
Fragile