Julie C

Julie C

 Toronto, Ontario, CAN
BandPopSoul

Julie Crochetiere is a consummate performer who can now add 2015 JUNO nominated artist to her extensive resume. Often compared to such greats as Carol King, Julie fuses different genres of music to make a style all of her own. Listening to Julie's 2015 JUNO nominated album "Counting Dreams", you can hear essences of 70's singer-songwriter, soul, and jazz all with lush string arrangements and understand grooves.

Biography

When people hear Julie Crochetiere’s music for the first time, their reaction is universally the same…”wow, how come I don’t know about this?”Second time, they often say…“it’s about time, she should be huge!”.  But it’s also about a different kind of time, a deep pocketed soul, a vocal groove that weaves a web around the listener and then delivers a message…a message so thoughtful, so spare and so right that you shake your head…”how come I don’t know about this?”

COUNTING DREAMS

Julie's 4th studio album Counting Dreams is up for Best Vocal Jazz Album of the Year at the 2015 JUNOs.  This album is about another time; the live off the floor recordings of the 60’s, the time before auto tune and vocal pyrotechnics. A time when all it took to make a killer hook was five fingers carefully placed on a piano, when a song was a craft that was built to carry a message raw with emotion, with joy, with sadness and with a moving human story of want, love and loss.

Julie’s various projects over the years have sold over 400,000 albums making her unquestionably one of the top selling artists you never heard of.  “Those sales”, says Crochetiere “come with what I call ‘ the chorus of advice’…everyone in the music business has counsel…’you’re too jazz for pop, too pop for jazz, soul is over, you should do a French record, you should do an English record, your hair would look better in an up-do it goes better with your music’.  The refrain of ‘you shoulds’, is always amusing but for a very long time now I knew exactly what I should do and it was a very powerful feeling to know, so deeply, what needed to be done.  

THE BACK STORY

Julie Crochetiere is a veteran, and while it’s hard to think of such a young woman in those terms, she has been practicing her craft since she was 7, playing classical piano and then trumpet. She spent hours in a bean bag in her parents Montreal basement listening to LPs of Roberta Flack, Bill Withers, Carole King and Nina Simone and begging her parents to buy her the sheet music.  She would listen to a record for a year, not off and on for a year mind you, but twice or three times everyday for a year.  She was trying to unlock it’s code.  Her parents are both engineers, (albeit engineers who love to dance), so science and rational thought are close to home.  

When Julie was growing up in the age of Platinum Blonde and Duran Duran searching for her music, she knew it wasn’t what her friends were listening to and she kept returning to the bean bag chair and the old vinyls in the basement.

When she was 17 her music teacher swung her an audition with a society band. She got the gig, quickly learned a repertoire of 200 songs and how to walk in heels for five hours a night pretending it didn’t hurt.  By the time she was 18 she was doing 100 dates a year.

At 18, after a gruelling audition process in Montreal and Toronto, Julie won one of five places in the band Sugar Jones for the 1st Canadian reality TV show Popstars.  The group signed to Universal, had a number of radio hits including “How Much Longer” and “Days Like That” and tours took her from Canada to England and in the process the group went platinum. When it all ended, as these things invariably do, Julie remembers finding herself dead broke in a tiny apartment in Toronto far away from home thinking about selling her keyboard, when her manager and friend Chris Bennett told her, “that’s not a keyboard it’s a song writing machine, I wouldn’t sell it if I were you.“

Julie started writing with serious intent.  She befriended the late Haydain Neale leader of Jacksoul and he became a mentor and sounding board for Julie, constantly reaffirming his simple rule, “if it feels good, do it!”

In 2007, she released her first full-length, soul-jazz album, “A Better Place,” which included the hit single “Precious Love” which climbed to  #18 on the Canadian AC charts and made A Better Place the top downloaded album of April 2008 on iTunes Canada’s Soul/R&B charts. “Precious Love” was a finalist in the category of “Best Song at the 2009 Canadian Radio Music Awards.

In 2011 Julie released her third solo CD Steady Ground and the ground shifted from the soulful  intimacy of her previous works to a tougher more impactful hooky dance groove, recalling Chic and the work of Nile Rogers. Laden with one soulful hook after another Steady Ground was indeed fertile ground for music supervisors and was licensed for numerous films and television shows in North America and Europe.

Lyrics

Rich Girl

Written By: Julie Crochetiere/Xandy Barry

This simple dress
Is not the best
But it doesn’t matter
Cause I’m a rich girl

I don’t have cars
I’m not a star
But I got it covered
Cause I’m a rich girl

I don’t have much
But I still have all your love
And for me that’s enough

When it rains
I feel no pain
It doesn’t matter
I’m a rich girl

When it pours
I feel secure
Cause you’ve got me covered
Cause I’m a rich girl

I don’t have but much
But I still have all your love
And for me that’s enough

I don’t have all this gold in my soul honey
I don’t need a penny to love you baby
I have all the kisses you gave me to be whole

Precious Love

Written By: Julie Crochetiere/Chris Bennett/Haydain Neale

Precious Love

She walked out on you and never said goodbye
No note, no warning, no message
She left you so naked your eyes can’t even cry

She’s gone away like the words that we say
She’s gone like the day you first heard her name
She’s gone like that day she said she’d love you just the same…

But you can do no wrong by simply being strong and keep on keeping on
Cause all the things you do come back to you

If you took your precious love away
I don’t think that I could find my way

She ‘s gone away like a cloud from the sky
And now you say that she filled up you life
So you’re lost like a clock that just can’t tell the time

You’re a hero with no powers no armor
Like a ship with no anchor no water
She disappeared, no idea, you thought that she was here to stay…

But you can do no wrong if all you had is gone so get up off the ground
That hurt inside your chest ain’t nothing but a test…

If you took your precious love away
I don’t think that I could find my way

And she’s out of reach
Ran away like a thief
And with a scar so deep
Yeah! She set you free
That’s when you told me

If you took your precious love away
I don’t think that I could find my way

Discography

August 2010 Julie's single "Tomorrow" was serviced to all AC and Hot AC radio stations in Canada. ALREADY ADDED: The River Kamloops, Q92 Montreal, The Wave Hamilton

Tomorrow EP is available on iTunes worldwide, Amazon, ZipDJ, etc.

Sophomore album "Steady Ground" set to be released on March 1, 2011

A BETTER PLACE (30 000 copies sold in North America and Europe)
Julie Crochetiere
Available on iTunes and in stores everywhere in Canada.

With this record, Julie raises the bar as a songwriter, a producer, a singer and a musician. A Better Place features collaborations with artists such as Jacksoul's Haydain Neale, and musicians such as Kevin Breit (Norah Jones).

A soulful combination of her original songs (10) and interpretations of her favorites by Lionel Richie, Elton John, Bob Marley, and Paul Simon.
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EP CAFE
Julie Crochetiere
Independently released

Julie surprised the Sugar Jones fans with this debut EP. A clever and introverted record full of musicianship introduced Julie's new sound.

Recorded "Live off the floor" in Montreal
Tony Albino on drums
Joseph Marchand on guitar
Adrian Vedady on double bass
Julie Crochetiere on piano
Menasen string quartet.

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SUGAR JONES (Platinum sales)
Sugar Jones
Universal Music Canada

Platinum selling album.

"Days Like That" and "How Much Longer" singles were released on all radio stations across Canada (2001-2002) and in the UK (2002)

Set List

SET LIST (30 min)
Steady Ground
A Hold Of My Soul
Dance
Hard To Love You
Tomorrow
They Don't Make 'em Like This Anymore
Ooh La La