Julianne Ankley
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Julianne Ankley

Detroit, Michigan, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2004 | SELF

Detroit, Michigan, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2004
Solo Country Singer/Songwriter




"Julianne Ankley & The Rogues Perform at Lexington Village Theater"

LEXINGTON Expect a lot of original music from Julianne Ankley when she performs Saturday at the Lexington Village Theatre.

"I'm going to be doing almost entirely original music," Ankley said. "I'm an award-winning singer-songwriter, so I should do my own music."

Ankley, who is a fixture on the local music scene, received a 2014 Detroit Music Award as outstanding country songwriter. Her group, Julianne Ankley and the Rogues, was selected as outstanding country artist/group.

She said she's proud to be from southeast Michigan, and that Detroit country music is different from country music in other parts of the country.

"I've got country blood deep," said Ankley, who writes in her biography about riding a tractor with her dad on their Thumb-area farm with the radio playing. "That's the root of it. Country music sounds different here than in other parts of the country.

Julianne Ankley received a 2014 Detroit Music Award
Julianne Ankley received a 2014 Detroit Music Award as outstanding country songwriter.(Photo: HANDOUT)
"There's a lot of Detroit influence."

There's also a lot of Port Huron influence. A video for her single, "No Place for a Lullabye," was shot in 2009 in the area behind the Raven Café. The song is about what it's like to be homeless.

"That was nominated for a Detroit Music Award," she said.

She said performing is "a piece of my soul."

"Once I started, it was like being bit by a vampire — you're in it for life," she said.

"There's something about connecting with your audience," she said. "There's a moment when I'm on the stage and singing and playing a song I wrote, and you look out, and the audience gets it."

She said she's currently working on a new album. She also will be among the women featured in a 13-episode series, "Embrace of Aging: The Female Perspective on Growing Old," that starts at 2:30 p.m. Sunday on WTVS-TV (Channel 56).

Ankley will be singing with other performers on the series soundtrack.

She said she's been performing professionally for 10 years — five years as a solo artist — but she still describes herself as a struggling performer and songwriter.

"Hopefully, I'm building a fan base," she said.

Inspiration, she said, is "all around you every day... it depends on what you tap into.

"You can find inspiration everywhere."

Contact Bob Gross at (810) 989-6263 or rgross@gannett.com. Follow him on Twitter @RobertGross477



• When: 8 p.m. Saturday

• Where: Lexington Village Theatre, 7318 Huron Ave., Lexington.

• Cost: Tickets are $17, $22 and $27.

• For more information: www.lexingtonvillagetheatre.com or www.julianneankley.com - Port Huron Times Herald

"WXYZ news clip from the Alto Reed Thanksgiving show showing Julianne performing"

This news clip shows Julianne performing at the Fillmore as part of Alto Reed's Thanksgiving show. - WXYZ TV

"Dec 8, 2010 - Best Country Music Artists in Detroit by CBS Detroit"

"When people mention Detroit and music, the likes of Kid Rock, Eminem and Motown generally come to mind for people in other parts of the country. However, in Southeast Michigan, we know we have fantastic talent in many genres. If Country music is your thing, consider checking out some of the finest performers our area has to offer."


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In August of 2009, Julianne released her first solo CD titled “It Ain’t Over.” She embarked on a solo career after five years with the band Redhill. Her debut release was met with critical acclaim and was nominated for a 2010 Detroit Music Award in the Outstanding Country Recording category. This talented singer and decorated songwriter is the complete package. Her voice is powerful and her lyrics will leave you thinking. “No Place For A Lullabye” is a great example of her depth, and the video was shot to raise awareness on the plight of homeless families." - CBS - Detroit

"Detroit Country band REDHILL takes a new direction"

September 30, 2009 -
Photo by Michael Hacala

Redhill is a country band who burst onto the scene in 2005 with their unique music style they call “Detroit Country”; it’s a full bodied country music with a blues-rock edge. Redhill is made up of seasoned songwriters and musicians who love to perform.

They have been nominated for numerous Detroit Music Awards and won many of them. Between 2005 and 2009 they received many accolades from the music community. Their debut CD You Get What You Get won the 2007 Detroit Music Award for Outstanding Country Album, and Redhill was the only band nominated in all five 2007 DMA country categories!

While being headliners in their own right Redhill has performed with some of the best musicians in Country Music including Clay Walker, Clint Black, Dwight Yoakam, Terri Clark, Miranda Lambert, Heartland, Keith Andersen, John Anderson, Aaron Tippin, Gary Nichols, Kelly Pickler, Juice Newton, Leroy Parnell, John Corbett, Josh Gracin, Hot Apple Pie, Trent Tomlinson, Eric Church, Carolina Rain, Luke Bryan, The Wreckers, Rodney Adkins, Rhett Atkins, Buckey Covington, Jack Ingram, Roadhammers, Emily West, Lee Brice, Chris Cagle, Little Big Town, Trisha Yearwood, Joe Diffie, Billy Ray Cyrus, Confederate Railroad, Sammy Kershaw, Stephen Cochran, Marcel and Gretchen Wilson at major Detroit area venues including DTE Music Theatre and Freedom Hill.

But everything changes eventually and its time for a change with this group as well. Lead singer Julianne had decided to pursue her career as a solo artist and the other members, Greg, Grant and Freddie will continue on their journey making great music. This isn’t a bad break up according to the press release and they all wish each other the best and offer their support. Redhill CD’s are still available through redhillrocks.com and cdbaby.com as well as itunes and you can get digital downloads through their website Redhillrocks.com.

Stay tuned to see how it all plays out. This is an amazing group of musicians and I look forward to seeing what they come up with next. In the mean time pick up a CD and enjoy some of the best “Detroit Country”!

Detroit Music Award Nominations for 2009!

REDHILL received nominations in the following categories:

• Outstanding Country Vocalist (Julianne)

• Outstanding Country Songwriter (Julianne)

• Outstanding Country Instrumentalist (Greg Michaels)





"REDHILL has been outstanding to work with in every way, including drawing massive crowds at WYCD’s Downtown Hoedown, the WYCD Birthday Bash, Arts, Beats & Eats and our many other concert events"- Tim Roberts, Program Director, WYCD - Detroit, MI

"A red hot singer and stage presence to burn down the house ... a kicking country band!"?- Brian Harper, Program Director, WSAQ-fm - Port Huron, MI

"Wow ... excellent blue-eyed soul country ... from Detroit of all places."- Chuck Eddy, The Village Voice (N.Y.C.)

"REDHILL ads sizzle ... we can't wait to have them perform at many more WYCD events!" - Denise Stockel, Marketing & Promotions Director, 99.5 WYCD-fm - Detroit, MI

"Flavorful, full-bodied country with a blues-rock edge. Julianne's sultry voice captivates from the first note." - Larry Garcia, Founder, DetroitCountryMusic.com - Detroit Country Examiner - Vicki Talbot

"Candle Light Dinner Concert with Julianne Ankley"

Venue information:
Lone Oak Vineyard Estate
8400 Ann Arbor Road Leoni Township near Grass Lake, MI
Map venue location

Admission: $25 pp for dinner and show
We're excited to have Julianne Ankley here at Lone Oak for the first time! Julianne is a great country music artist and was awarded "Best Country Artist" at this year's Detroit Music Awards. Check her out at julianneankley.com. This will be a wonderful night of great music, food, our estate grown wines and hand-crafted beer. Just 42 seats in this intimate venue, so reservations are a must. Dinner menu tba. - MLive.com

"Singer Julianne Ankley to perform November 21 in Lexington"

Julianne Ankley never forgets her roots.

Ankley, who grew up on a farm in Jeddo, has released her third CD. Titled "Don't Let Go," the CD is a collection of new, original music.

"They're about a variety of things," Ankley said. "It's a collection of my music that I've written."

The songs, she said, are about relationships, friendships and family.

To support the CD, Julianne Ankley and the Rogues will perform in concert — one show only — at 8 p.m. Nov. 21 at the Village Theatre in Lexington.

While Ankley performs and records in Detroit and Nashville, she calls St. Clair County home.

The concert "will be a full night of original music with really top-notch Detroit musicians," Ankley said. "Homegirl is bringing her band."

She said the CD was produced by Nolan Mendenhall; Brian "Roscoe" White played guitars and was the engineer.

"I would have to call it contemporary country," she said. "There's a little bit of everything: R&B, retro, Motown, horns. It was a lot of fun."

Ankley debuted "He's Still My Boy," from the CD on June 19 when Bo Bice of "American Idol" fame called her up on stage at the Lexington Village Theatre.

"He brought me up on stage to perform and he just handed me his guitar," she said.

Songs from the album also have been getting air time on WSAQ FM's Home Grown Country show.

In addition to working on her new CD, Ankley also got some air time during the 2015 Woodward Dream Cruise. "Lead Footin' in the Left Lane," a song from her 2012 CD, "Vivid," was featured by WXYZ-TV in a video for its Dream Cruise coverage..

Ankley is seen playing guitar and singing and cruising down Woodward in the back seat of a classic convertible with anchors Carolyn Clifford in the passenger seat and Stephen Clark behind the wheel.

"That was so much fun." she said.

Ankley acknowledged that making it in the music business is difficult with the pay-off not always proportional to musical talent. Still, "when you can touch the hearts of your audience and connect with them, there's no other feeling like that," she said. "It's amazing."

Contact Bob Gross at (810) 989-6263 or rgross@gannett.com. Follow him on Twitter @RobertGross477. - Port Huron Times Herald


2015 - "Don't Let Go" full album release. 

2012 - "Christmas In Your Heart" single released December 1, 2012

2012 - "He's Still My Boy" single released November 9th, 2012
both received moderate airplay and streaming.

2011 Released full album entitled "Vivid". - winner of the 2012 Detroit Music Award for Outstanding Country Recording!
2 tracks from this cd are getting airplay around Michigan including WYCD in Detroit

7-09 released a solo 4 song ep with track #2 getting airplay on WYCD in Detroit.

Go to
www.JulianneAnkley.com, Itunes, or cdbaby.com to purchase.

Had 5 award winning releases with former band REDHILL



"The best of Detroit Country Music shines through in this relevant and very poignant song from a present day soldiers mother's point of view. 'He's Still My Boy' is a well-written piece of American pie that really hits home. Our heroes give of themselves every day and their families pay just as big of a price and that is what this song is all about. Julianne can sing and she can ever more write a good song. I downloaded it right away. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!" - Joe Bonsall / Oak Ridge Boys

"Julianne Ankley exemplifies dedication to her art and is focused on her craft. She is very talented...a true artist and songwriter." - Cowboy Troy / Warner Nashville

("Christmas In Your Heart") "Amazing song perfectly done. Brings back the feeling when I was a kid coming back from my Aunt and Uncles house with my parents. Instantly puts you back in time when Family, Friends, and Love is all that mattered at Christmas instead of buying the next new thing that won't be played with by February. Congrats Ms. Ankley Job well done. - Deb Roysdon/ Hoosier Music News

("Vivid") "Julianne put together the perfect combination when making this cd .. Heartfelt lyrics, soulful singing and a groove you can get lost in for days!! Vivid is like an emotional kaleidoscope twisting and turning through heartbreak, inspiration, anger and just plain fun! Go on and color your world Vivid!" - Dee Carpenter

"Julianne is what music is all about ... unique, talented, sings with emotion, and delivers a powerful, original message." - Tim Roberts, Program Director, WYCD-FM Detroit

"Julianne's songs are so honest and heartfelt, they hit the listener like a sucker-punch directly to the soul. She pleads her case in a strong and vibrant voice, wringing every nuance from her lyrics. A stand-up gal and an emotionally committed writer/performer indeed!" - Nolan Mendenhall, Producer




Outstanding Country Songwriter - Julianne Ankley   
Outstanding Country Artist/Group - Julianne Ankley & the  Rogues   
Outstanding Country Instrumentalist - Brian "Roscoe" White (honorary award)  




Outstanding Country Songwriter - (5)  Outstanding Country Vocalist - (8)  Outstanding Country Recording (7)  Outstanding Country Artist/group (7)  Outstanding Folk Artist/Group (1)  Outstanding Folk Vocalist (1)  Outstanding Folk Recording (1)  Outstanding Video - No Place For A Lullabye (1)


 A sultry voice that captivates from the first note, Julianne is a dynamic singer songwriter paving her own musical road with her first solo CD, It Aint Over (2010 Detroit Music Award nominee for Outstanding Country Recording). Juliannes vocals and songwriting equally shine on the CD, which has lead to her first music video for the song No Place For A Lullabye, directed by Stephen Clark from WXYZ-TV in Detroit. The video and song were used by HomeAid of America (22 chapters nationwide) in PSAs for their 2010 & 2011 campaigns to build temporary housing for the homeless. June 2011 brought the release of Juliannes much anticipated second CD, Vivid. 

Julianne burst onto CMA Fest 2011 in Nashville, hosting and performing on the Hard Rock Cafe stages.  She has garnered a top three country finalist spot in the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest with a performance at MerleFest, was named a CBS Detroit "Best Of" country artist, and snagged the coveted slot representing the Country genre in performance at the 2010 Detroit Music Awards. Nominated eight times as Outstanding Country Vocalist for the DMAs, Juliannes songwriting has also been recognized with five nominations for Outstanding Country Songwriter and by taking honors in the 2008 and 2009 Great Lakes Songwriting Contest (2009 1st Place - "No Place For A Lullabye"). 

 A captivating solo and band performer and an audience favorite, Julianne has performed with Grammy winner Alto Reed (of the Bob Seger band) and was featured in several Alto Reed's All-Star Concerts with Jeff Daniels, Mark Farner and Mitch Ryder. She has appeared live on television & radio shows, and opened for John Michael Montgomery at Detroit's DTE Music Theatre, 4 performances at the famous Bluebird Cafe

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