Julie Montgomery

Julie Montgomery

BandPop

Versatile vocalist continues to look for yet another opportunity to fill her lungs with air and plunge into emotion in front of other people. Her deep controlled breathing blasted through her powerful vocal instrument is both beautiful & scary. Singing for her is breathing; it is truly her life.

Biography

When I first heard Jeff Buckley, I was stunned by his voice and quickly realized I was listening to musical genius. How can you describe in words the way a person can draw you into their beauty? I’ve been inspired by his work ever since I heard “Grace” for the first time in 1996. It would be an incredible honor to be chosen to pay tribute to Jeff’s life and work.

Track 1: Don’t Explain
Jeff’s cover of “Lilac Wine” was the reason I submitted this song. Nina Simone was a major influence in both of our lives.

Track 2: So Real
“So Real” was almost never recorded – the drummer backed out at the last minute and we were lucky enough to find a replacement. Everything about it felt right, even though I couldn’t believe I was attempting to cover Jeff Buckley! I wanted to feel his presence in the room even more, so I asked the sound engineer if he could put Jeff’s voice on the track after the guitar break. The end of the tune is very emotional - I was singing like he was sitting there in the room right in front of me. I really like the way it turned out.

Track 3: Memories
I wrote this song around the same time that “Last Goodbye” was being recorded and produced. The songs are so similar in subject that I knew I wanted to submit it for this opportunity right away. To this day, I am very proud of this song.

Track 4: Last Goodbye
I love this song and after Jeff’s death, I just wanted to say goodbye to him in a way he would appreciate – through music.

Track 5: Unthinkable
A producer friend of mine asked me to write something for the soundtrack of the independent film “Speak”. Jeff’s influence on me is evident in this tune by the way I tried to keep it simple while still packing an emotional punch.

Video Clip: Sadness of Reality
What a powerful, personal (and for me & Jeff, necessary) experience it is to perform live.

Lyrics

Memories

Written By: J.Montgomery

Vs.1
I haven’t seen your face in many years
Just a photograph from the past
I haven’t run my fingers through your hair
Who knew that kiss would be our last?

I haven’t felt you hold me in your arms
A gentle arm across my back
And though the years have stumbled on and staggered on
One feeling I hold true when I think back to you

Ch
Memories are like singing sometimes
You fill your lungs with air and plunge into emotion
They come to me, these MEMORIES
Wave upon wave
And sometimes when I think of you
A beautiful melody comes drifting out

Vs.2
The ending was confusing I admit
Mistakes were made oh mistakes were mine
I haven’t ever told you what you’ve meant to me
How could I let that pass me by?

I haven’t heard you tell me all your dreams
Not in may years are they real for you?
And though the years have stumbled on and staggered on
One feeling I hold true when I think back to you

Ch
Memories are like singing sometimes
You fill your lungs with air and plunge into emotion
They come to me, these MEMORIES
Wave upon wave

If my memory serves me correctly
I’d look in your eyes you’d look deep into mine
We’d promise to love one another forever
Forever and ever and ever

THE POWERFUL WAY IT MAKES ME FEEL
BECAUSE IT WAS SO REAL

Set List

4 sets a night, 5 or 6 nights a week when I was traveling performing covers (I've covered pop, rock, jazz, merengue, bachata,)
2 or 3 sets for an original show