Julie Engfer
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Julie Engfer

Fairbanks, Alaska, United States | SELF

Fairbanks, Alaska, United States | SELF
Band Folk Singer/Songwriter


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Engfer Brown
Where's the Love



Julie Engfer has had a passion for music her entire life. She got her first real gig in her late teens singing in a small cafe in Brazil, where she was a foreign exchange student.

When Julie was 21 she bought her first guitar and taught herself how to play. Within a few months she auditioned for "The Palace Theatre", a musical theater company in Fairbanks, Alaska. For ten years she honed her skills as a theatrical singer and actress at "The Palace" and "The Malemute Saloon". During that time Julie worked with the show's composer/pianist, Jim Bell, and began performing as a cabaret singer.

In her late twenties she started singing with an acoustic rock band called "Yukon Ryder" and expanded her experience as a singer and percussionist. Gaining more ability as a guitar player, she put together her own acoustic duo called "Two Reds are Better Than One" with her friend, Margaret Krize. Julie then moved on to a traveling show for the Holland America Cruise Lines.

Julie moved back to California in 1999 where she began to do a solo acoustic act at local coffeehouses. She had been performing cover tunes and a few of her own songs but needed more confidence as a songwriter. Gene Brown was an amazing guitar player, and Julie convinced him to perform at some of her gigs. It was a magical experience, and soon they began to write songs together as the Acoustic Duo, "Engfer Brown". Gene Brown passed away at the age of 42 on October 21, 2001.

Since Gene's transition Julie has been playing solo and recently recorded her solo album "Where's the Love" with her studio band Peter Temple on Bass, Peter White on Drums, and Denny Lunsford on Guitar, featuring such artists as Cliff Thrasher on Cello and Autumn Hancock on Violin.

Julie has recently moved back to Alaska where she can be seen performing at various locations including a return to the "Palace Theatre".

Influences are mostly female singer/songwriters such as Dar Williams, Patty Griffin, & Shawn Colvin.

Julie has a rich, strong, belting voice and with her extensive theatre background she maintains a two and a half octive singing range.