As a child, Julie lived 30 minutes from New York City, and credits those trips to the city as one of her biggest influences. "My mom played classical piano for years and took us to concerts at Lincoln Center, but she also loved Broadway and we saw so many great musicals. I always knew music would be a part of my life."
Julie had the opportunity to participate in many types of music performances that include rock, Broadway, blues, jazz, and swing. Originally wanting to be a guitarist, she studied with Randy Sarles, a jazz guitarist, for 8 years, and sang with him and other jazz musicians in the tri-state area. Eventually, her focus went back to vocals exclusively.
After moving to Philadelphia, Randy, and other mentors in the Philadelphia area including Tom Lawton, Larry McKenna, Bootsie Barnes, and encouraged her to record. They, and others were featured on her debut swing cd, Is You Is.
Julie is noted as having a chameleon-like voice that swings sweetly or rock bluesy-depending on her mood. Her three octave range allows for audiences to call her live performances a "must see." One recent review sums up her style in this way: "She is a storyteller, She invites you in, then hits you with energy-you stay."
In addition to singing, Julie enjoys writing. She has been published in newspapers, television news, and the University of Pennsylvania.
Julie Charnet is a bandleader and vocalist whose passion can be heard in her unique repertoire of lesser-known jazz, swing, and blues. She has been a professional musician for 15 years and prides herself on consistently looking for opportunities for live music to flourish.
Her music includes: original works, jazz, swing, blues, and rare in-between gems from the past and present that span decades. Her band frequently has room for jams at the end of the evening for friends who pop in with their axe.
"When I see her I notice she is one of the few who have fellow musicians stop by to see her. That's something."
Jeff Duperon, WRTI, 90.1 Philadelphia.
Julie performs up and down the East Coast as a Trio, Quartet, or larger ensemble. Each performance always includes a variety of musicians that always leaves audiences wanting more of Julie and her band.
She is currently working on her next release in 2015 which will include original compositions, jazz, and blues.
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