Julie Moffitt

Julie Moffitt

BandFolkAcoustic

a musical chameleon, julie is equally at ease - and stunning - singing jazz, blues, pop, folk or country.

Biography

Her music has been described as Sheryl Crow meets Fiona Apple - sultry chick rock. Musical memoirs expressed through piano, guitar, and especially her memorably powerful voice, Julie Moffitt captures the uncertainty of life and the emotions of change, at turns melancholy or optimistic but always reflective and honest.

Julie grew up playing the piano, spending hours communing with Andrew Lloyd Weber and Chopin after school. After 6 years of classical vocal training, 8 years of children's theater, and 13 years in a town that felt like anything but home, she escaped to Los Angeles and the University of Southern California. Digging deeply into jazz, blues and classic rock, she spent her college years falling in love with John Coltrane and Bill Evans, breaking hearts and finding her own heart broken once too often. Between the endless stretches of desert highway and the rolling Pacific, she committed it all to the haunting lyrics and addictive melodies that fill her debut album, 'everything I never asked for,' recorded in Milwaukee with Mike Hoffmann and released in February 2005.

'everything I never asked for' found its way to Burst Records creative director Daniel Holter in July; by August, Julie had signed on as a Burst artist and is currently in the midst of recording a 5 song EP with the Burst team in Wauwatosa, WI. The album will be released this winter - from self-funded debut to label-supported follow-up in less than a year. Since the release of 'everything I never asked for,' Julie has been featured on radio stations throughout southeastern Wisconsin, including WLZR's Local Licks and NPR / WUWM's "At 10" with Sea Stachura,. She has also appeared on the WTMJ Channel 4 news, and recently journeyed back to Los Angeles to headline the Chick Singer Night Anniversary Show at Tangier.

Between live shows and final touches on the new EP, Julie is already hard at work on new songs for a third record (perhaps for release in 2006?).

Lyrics

stolen

Written By: julie moffitt

I'm tossing in my sleep trying to
shut him out of fever dreams
it's only been a week - a half hearted fantasy, wondering what he sees in me

in our separate space we are idols from a higher place
the beautiful ones that everyone wants
and I'd be happy to adore him from a distance
but knowing he adores me from a distance makes this

hard, and it's slow
longing for just one more moment, knowing that he has to go
and it's false, and it's weak
nothing to be said now, but in our silence, we're both aching to speak

this emotion, frustrated confusion
is it all an illusion and will I wake up to a harsh and empty space
his devotion lies in someone else's arms
and I am just an outsider trying to save face

and it's hard, and it's slow
wanting to be all he wants, knowing that's not how this goes
and it's false, and it's weak
nothing to be said now, but in our silence, we're both aching to speak

and I'm stronger than this, I've been through this before
but what's one more lesson when the stolen moments are worth living for?

and it's hard, and it's slow
longing for just one more moment, knowing he has somewhere to go
and it's false, and I'm so weak
there's nothing to be said now, but in our silence, we're both aching to speak

movin' on

Written By: julie moffitt

I'm not feelin' quite right today
the sun is shinin' but all I see is grey
and there's nothing you can say
to make this go away

I'm done with this routine
tired of wakin' up to the same old scene
girl, you gotta have a dream
least that's what I believe

so I'm movin' on, on, on
this time tomorrow I'm gonna be gone, gone, gone
yeah I'm gonna be gone

I got a pocket full of change
and I got no destination
got my suitcase in the back, and I'm smokin' my last pack
flippin' for a radio station

lookin' for a one-way straight out of town
headed for a place where nothin' gets me down
and I'm never comin' back, never comin' back
no I'm never comin' back around

I'm movin' on, on, on
this time tomorrow I'm gonna be gone, gone, gone
I'm movin' on, on, on
this time tomorrow I'm gonna be gone, gone, gone
yeah I'm gonna be gone

tell me so

Written By: julie moffitt

this is just another late night phone call
this is just one more cry for help
I am just one step closer to breaking down
I didn't mean to wake you

I used to show up on your doorstep
falling out of grace, mascara running down my face
you never held a trace of contempt for me
you always took me in

I need you now
I was halfway to the sun but it seems I've fallen down and
I can't pick myself up, can't seem to find my wings
I can't pick myself up

you love me like no one can
it can't be fair, I never do my share
but you're always there to pull me through
I don't deserve you

I need you now
I was halfway to the sun but it seems I've fallen down and
I can't pick myself up, can't seem to find my wings
I can't pick myself up

and I know, I know, I know I should know better
I know, I know, I know I'm only fair-weather
so I'll go, I'll go, and I'll be fine if you tell me so
just tell me so

'cause for you, it's just another phone call
but for me...
and maybe I am always just a step away
I didn't mean to wake you
I didn't mean to wake you

Discography

5-song EP early 2006 (Burst Records)
everything i never asked for (february 2005)
also known as mary - quincy (backup)
LA demo (2003)
the red album - the SoCal VoCals (backup)
nowhere on my own - ben schor (backup)
V3: previously unreleased - the SoCal VoCals (soloist, arranger, composer, harmony)

Set List

Mostly original material with a couple of well chosen covers that vary from show to show. Sets from 30 minutes to 3 hours. Generally solo, but can provide a band with enough notice.