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 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 is found in a diverse repertoire of jazz, swing, and blues from the 1920's and up. Whether it's cool swing, blues, or straight ahead jazz, she always has something special for every room.
She has worked with some of the top jazz artists in the region and beyond. Her music can be heard on Philadelphia and NYC radio, internet, and cable tv.
Original, classic jazz, swing, blues, rarely known in-between gems make up her unique repertoire from the past and present. Often, her band has open sessions for fellow musicians as her support of live jazz continues.
"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
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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