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"Review: Strong debut from talented Milwaukee singer-songwriter Julie Moffitt"

Strong debut from talented
Milwaukee singer-songwriter
Julie Moffitt

Julie Moffitt - Everything I Never Asked For
3 1/2 stars (out of 5 stars)
Reviewed: Mar. 14, 2005

Review by Tony Bonyata
Showcasing her influences in rock, jazz and blues, singer and multi-instrumentalist Julie Moffitt has just released her debut album entitled Everything I Never Asked For. On it the Milwaukee (by way of Los Angeles) resident successfully mixes edgier numbers ("Movin' On" and "Back To You") with heartfelt ballads ("Stolen" and "Slow") and more traditional singer / songwriter fare ("Let Him Be" and "All She Really Wants"), offering a broad palette of color, texture and emotions.
Produced by Mike Hoffmann (The Verve Pipe / Willy Porter / Todd Bowie / Thomas Kovacs) the arrangements prove to be almost as engaging as Moffitt's sumptuous voice. While Julie offers a sultry, sexy vocal delivery on the opening (and arguably strongest) track "Movin' On," Hoffmann (who, along with Moffitt, plays the lion's share of the instruments throughout this effort) lays down a cocky blues guitar riff over a rhythmic hip-hip shuffle. Likewise on the intoxicating "Back To You," a spooky organ and harrowing guitar dance atop a deep hip-hop groove while Julie teases listeners with her cool-as-a-cucumber demeanor.
Proving herself just as adept at pure pop, Moffitt delivers a radio-ready slice of modern rock on the graceful track "Second Guesses," complete with an indelible melody, catchy chorus and warm harmonies.
Despite the blues and jazz influences running through her veins, Moffitt instead buries these influences just under the surface on numbers such as the piano-driven balladry of "Westbound Train" which features an earthy blues harmonica from Gary Messinger, as well as the smoky jazz undertones that swirl around the perky bass-line and skittish simplistic percussions from Violent Femmes' drummer Victor De Lorenzo on "Strange Infatuation."
While much of the subject matter revolves around flawed relationships and lost love, the spirit of the music throughout this album is, nonetheless, uplifting and positive. And it's this spirit that will certainly draw fans toward this talented musician.

Julie Moffitt's CD Everything I Never Asked For can be ordered from CDBaby.com at: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/jmoffitt - ConcertLiveWire

"Radio Add"

89.1 WBSD - Current Playlist

Station Playlist for the week of January 31, 2004

The John Butler Trio Sunrise Over Sea / Zebra
Kathleen Edwards Back To Me / Back To Me
John Fogerty Déjà vu All Over Again / Wicked Old Witch
Ben Folds Songs for Silverman / Landed
Billy Idol Devil’s Playground / Scream
Mark Knopfler Shangri-La / The Trawlerman’s Song
Julie Moffitt Everything I Never Asked For / Second Guesses
Glen Phillips Winter Pays For Summer / Thankful - WBSD - Burlington

"Interview: Moffitt Takes Center Stage With Debut Solo Disc"

5:21 a.m. March 2, 2005
Moffitt takes center stage with debut solo disc
By Bobby Tanzilo

Although Julie Moffitt is a self-described gypsy, moving from thing to thing -- she's worked in the music business in Los Angeles, done psychology research at USC and now lives in Wisconsin -- music has been a constant in her life.

She's been in marketing at the Universal Music Group, has worked as an arranger, sang backup on three discs, won awards with her a cappella group, fronted a cover band and minored in jazz studies in college.

When it came time to focus on her songs, her voice and her skills as an instrumentalist -- that is, to record her first solo disc -- she turned to veteran producer and guitarist Mike Hoffmann (E.I.E.I.O., Victor DeLorenzo, Yipes!, Carnival Strippers).

The result is the genre-hopping "Everything I Never Asked For," with 12 original tunes that showcase her warm voice, her accomplished songwriting and her adept instrumental skills (she and Hoffmann played all of the instruments; although DeLorenzo guests on a track and harmonica player Gary Messinger played on two).

As Moffitt plans to unleash her solo debut, we asked her about making the record and more.

OMC: Tell us a bit about your background.

JM: This is actually the seventh full album I've been involved with, though it's my first solo project. I recorded two albums with my college a cappella group, the SoCal VoCals; sang backup and harmony on two albums in Los Angeles and had songs featured on the best of college a cappella (BOCA) in 2000 and 2001. But this is the first time that I went into a studio with all original songs, all my own musical ideas, and nobody but me and the producer to fill in all the dots. It's also the first time I played instruments on an album, though I've been playing since I was a kid.

I've played all kinds of instruments and sung in plenty of styles, from French horn to organ, Broadway and classical to rock a cappella, though right now I focus on keys and guitars. My greatest loves are jazz and classic rock -- I was in a band before leaving L.A., a blues and classic rock cover band called Deep Pocket. We toured the bar scene in Orange County, mainly, and had a great time, but there wasn't much room for original music and it's tough to get gigs in the L.A. area. I've also been in jazz groups since high school and rock a cappella groups in college and at Disneyland, and if they were still alive, I'd have a hard time deciding who to love more: Cobain or Coltrane. Maybe I could have gotten them both in the same room.

OMC: How was it working with Mike? What were the sessions like?

JM: Working with Mike was a blast. Coming from L.A., I hadn't met a lot of people here in Milwaukee yet, so sometimes I was more excited about getting to hang out and talk than I was about working on the CD, even though the CD was clearly the priority. And so much of recording was really just letting Mike do his producer thing, so I caught up on my reading; I think I've read every issue of Blender and Esquire from the past two years. Even when it came to actually recording, everything was very laid-back. I'd be recording a vocal line or an acoustic guitar part, and we'd end up talking and joking around throughout. In one case ("Back to You") that conversation actually ended up staying in the track.

OMC: Was it a real collaboration, or did you have a pretty clear vision of the record you wanted to make when you walked through the door?

JM: Well actually, it was both. I walked in there knowing how I wanted a lot of the tracks to sound, but with only a bare idea of the rest; when Mike heard the rough demos, he'd start building things one way or the other, adding instruments and licks and talking arrangements, and in the end it was a conversation between us about which angle we wanted to take with each tune. A few songs are exactly what I'd planned on before I even started the project; a few of them are completely different than I'd ever imagined. I think the different experiences we've each had in our music careers complemented one another well.

5:21 a.m. March 2, 2005
Moffitt takes center stage with debut solo disc
By Bobby Tanzilo

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OMC: Did it turn out as you'd hoped?

JM: It did turn out as well as I'd hoped it would, though it did not turn out sounding the way I'd imagined it. I'd originally thought of a much more organic, minimal instrumentation for the entire album, and there are certainly a few tracks that stuck to that vision. But to be honest, a lot of the album would have been pretty boring if it were just guitar and vocals, and Mike was enthusiastic about adding whatever instruments and ideas came to mind as we worked through a piece. There are places where we used sitar, dulcimer, organ and guitar, for example, and the combined effect made for a much fuller, richer sound than I would have thought to create.

OMC: It's an unfair question, I know, but I'll ask anyway: what - onmilwaukee.com


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)


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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?).