Julie Sweeney

Julie Sweeney

 Boston, Massachusetts, USA
BandRockAlternative

Julie’s original compositions immediately pull you in and constantly surprise you with their uniqueness and variety. From the alt rock glide of “Silver Seed,” to the funky driving beat of “One of You” and the uplifting lyrics and soaring refrains of “Life,” her complex, heartfelt songs--like her voice--rock and soothe and often inspire.

Biography

Julie’s debut solo CD, Me Becoming Me, released in April 2010, is a powerful showcase of her upbeat compositions, which have a distinctive, irresistible style—at once elegant, complex, and viscerally heartfelt. Her strong, clear voice has a quiet energy that feels both gently soothing and unexpectedly forceful. The CD draws on eclectic musical roots, marked by rollicking rock tunes, vivid lyrics, and memorable pop riffs. She even sings one song in Spanish—a bouncy, contagious tune that features a touch of flamenco.

Julie has been performing and writing music since she was a child. She started out as a drummer, playing snare drum in marching bands and percussion with concert bands throughout her high school and college years, and drumming and recording with numerous rock bands in West Lafayette, Indiana, Nashville, Sydney, and Boston. She was also the principal songwriter for many of those bands. While in Nashville, Julie formed her own band, Skip Tracer, and released a self-titled EP of her original music. Returning home to Boston from Australia, she packed up her drums and concentrated on playing guitar. For three years, she played with a local band, the Snakes, which marked her emergence as a confident lead vocalist. She left the Snakes to write and produce Me Becoming Me. Julie and her band have been performing in the Boston area since the release of her CD.

Lyrics

Silver Seed

Written By: Julie Sweeney

When we find the silver seed
All the other ones make us weak
You can ride until it so softly reveals

When we find the silver seed
All the other ones make us weep
You can ride until it so softly reveals
Come to me

When you start out feeling better
Feel your heart and mind unfetter
When you start out moving through
Wield that sword into truth
See the universe of time unwind

When you start out feeling used
Feel that soul become loose
When you start out, no direction known
There is reason to feel alone
There’s too much wasted time
There’s just too much wasted time

Hearts don’t heal anyone
It’s not you
It’s not me, it’s our own
We let the soul decide
You’ve been around and it’s now
Time to feel; enjoy the ride

When we find the silver seed
All the other ones make us weak
You can ride until it so softly reveals

Hearts don’t heal anyone
It’s not you
It’s not me, it’s our own
We let the soul decide
You’ve been around and it’s now
Time to feel; enjoy the ride

Hold me, say that you are

In Some Time

Written By: Julie Sweeney

My soul’s found
I can feel it in my own way
I can see it clear, and I can hear it so loud
But it still don’t have a name

It shines so bright
I never fear that I will lose
I can not touch, but I come nearer everyday
And always I am pulled

I can hear it sing
Don’t ask me to be the truth
It’s all inside and when I look around
I still don’t find a me
And I still don’t find a you
And I still don’t find a we
Come on, get up, get up, get up
In some time

Life

Written By: Julie Sweeney

When you’re drawn to find things good
A defining magic, rightly understood
You have the rest of your life to choose

Sometimes you’re bound to find things ruined
Beyond what seems tragic, no need to be fooled
You have the rest of your life to enjoy the rest of your life

If you’re falling down, touch ground and get up again
If you are lonely, it’s only for you to dream in
Your imagination’s always being a guide to you
You have the rest of your life to move

There’s no worries, there’s no bounds
It’s that world smiling so free
Do you hear it calling?

There’s no hurry
So won’t you say you forever will be
Try it and see

Life’s all around and it is here for you always
So why don’t you sing with me right now?
You have the rest of your life
True

Discography

Me Becoming Me, released April, 2010

Set List

Julie and her band play original music with a few quirky covers thrown into the mix. Can play a one hour set.