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."
She had the opportunity to participate in many types of music performances that include 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 to vocals exclusively.
After moving to Philadelphia, Randy, and other mentors in the Philadelphia area including Tom Lawton, Larry McKenna, and Bootsie Barnes 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 Amazon 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 writer and vocalist whose passion can be heard in her unique blend of jazz, swing, and blues from the 1920's and up. Her rapport with any audience sets her apart from the crowd as well as her three-plus octave range.
For over 20 years, she has worked with some of the top jazz artists in the region and beyond. From NYC to Philadelphia, Julie has been a favorite in clubs, restaurants, and other venues. In Philadelphia, she and her quartet were a monthly favorite at the legendary Ortlieb's Jazz Haus, The Radisson Hotel, and many other venues. Her music can be heard on Philadelphia's own 90.1 WRTI, 88.5 WXPN, and NYC 88.5.
Originals, classic jazz, swing, blues, and rarely heard in-between gems make up her unique repertoire from the past and present. She is a dedicated musician to the genre and often welcomes fellow musicians to perform with her to supports the jazz and blues community.
"When I see her I notice she is one of the few who have well-known musicians stop by to see her. That's something." Jeff Duperon, WRTI 90.1
Julie performs up and down the East Coast as a Trio, Quartet, or larger ensemble. Each performance always includes a variety of musicians that 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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