There are some voices that wilt against the howling wind. Some voices that can’t rise above the clamor of clinking glasses and lustful patrons. But Julia Francis does not have just some voice. Hers, which rides the exquisite sonic swells of her band, is a voice like a muscle car screeching down a stretch of rainy midnight road.
Julia and her band harken to the formation days of rock ‘n’ roll and soulful blues music. With mind clearing guitar solos and pronounced rhythmic strolls, the music, like a bursting cloud, washes out the gutters of one’s own mind time and time again.
And while it’s nearly impossible not to picture the great Janis Joplin when you hear Francis tear into a mic, there is more than sweet homage embedded in the songs and epic vocal performances. There is relationship and pain, bridges and waves, sunsets and daydreams in the front woman’s tone, whether she is reinterpreting classic roots or sharing brand new compositions on her guitar, Positive Annie.
Julia has recorded with many world-class musicians including Victor DeLorenzo (drummer of the Violent Femmes), drummer Vinnie Colaiuta (Sting, Joni Mitchell), bassist Andy Stoller (Tracy Chapman, Ann Wilson), drummer Ben Smith (Heart), and guitarist Jeff Fielder (Mark Lanegan, Amy Ray). She regularly plays the Seattle club scene, and she has thrice toured her music across the country.
Julia is currently working on a new recording project with her band and members of South Seattle’s vibrant music community.
Julia is also a professionally trained and highly regarded actor and theater artist. Her soul calling is to reveal herself onstage in whatever medium, to encourage true connection with ourselves and one another.
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