5* REVIEW FOR 'WE WATCH THE STARS' ON AAA MUSIC.CO.UKposted 24th May, 2013
'Her first single 'We Watch The Stars' sounds like an odd choice for a single, but Julia Biel definitely knows how to deliver an obscure and introspective tune, in a lovely and engaging way - it becomes impossible not pay attention. A mesmerizing, moving song with a great vocal performance... a great instrument arrangement and astonishing production'. Check out the full review here
ECHOES APRIL EDITION, REVIEW OF 'WE WATCH THE STARS'posted 24th April, 2013
'that gorgeous, drama-filled voice is at the core of it all... It's the colours, tones and quirkiness that make vocalists like Julia stand out as storytellers as distinct from those who are merely just good.'
REVIEW OF 'WE WATCH THE STARS' ON MUSIC-NEWS.COMposted 19th April, 2013
'Nothing short of magical... certainly up there with the recently popular Liane La Havas and the late great Amy Winehouse...' Check out the full review here.
REVIEW OF 'WE WATCH THE STARS' ON POPFODDER.COMposted 15th April, 2013
'If this is anything to go by, then the album will be something spectacular. Not only has Julia carved a place for herself in the industry, she has done so with something truly unique, distinct and recognisable. At Popfodder, we're already predicting big things for this talented singer...' Check out the full review here.
GUITAR LEGEND MARCO PICCIONI CONFIRMED AS SPECIAL GUEST AT KING'S PLACE, APRIL 6TH!!posted 1st April, 2013
Marco is the guitarist on the new single 'We Watch the Stars' who does all the heavenly sonics at the end so really looking forward to blissing out with him... and also with Idris Rahman on bass and Saleem Raman on drums, sounding so good! Get your tickets here. So wonderful to get to launch the single in such an amazing environment, beauty...
BARCLAYCARD MERCURY PRIZE RECOMMENDS...posted 24th March, 2013
My show on April 6th @ King's Place! Thanks guys... Read the post here
BRAND NEW SINGLE 'WE WATCH THE STARS' OUT NOW! CLICK ON THE 'GET IT NOW' BUTTON TOP LEFT TO GET YOUR COPY FOR FREE. LIMITED PERIOD FREENESS!posted 18th March, 2013
CHATTING TO SEB SCOTNEY - PODCAST ON LONDON JAZZ NEWSposted 15th March, 2013
Lil' podcast here for your listening pleasure, over a cup of tea perhaps. 10 mins long.
NEW SINGLE 'WE WATCH THE STARS' COMING OUT SOON!! WATCH THIS SPACEposted 3rd March, 2013
I am going to be putting out a new single 'We Watch the Stars' very soon as previewed on BBC London with Nikki Bedi. For more details check back here, coming out very soon... click here to listen to the song as played out by Nikki on the show.
ON BBC LONDON WITH NIKKI BEDIposted 3rd March, 2013
So nice to be invited on to chat to Nikki Bedi on BBC London 94.9 and do a little live performance in the studio. It'll be on the iplayer for the next few days, to listen again click here
NEXT LONDON DATEposted 5th February, 2013
After some lovely trips around and about to Bangor, Farnham, Totnes and Burnham-on-Sea, I'm going to be back in the big smoke playing Pizza Express Jazz Club Soho on 5th March. Featuring my trio line-up - tickets are available now!
GREAT REVIEW FOR BRISTOL GIGposted 24th November, 2012
By the magic of facebook, I've just been pointed in the direction of a great review of my gig last week at The Cori Tap in Bristol.. Thanks Tony! You can read it here
A TRIO IS BORNposted 24th November, 2012
This year I have mostly been representing my music in smaller permutations, solo, in a 2-piece outfit with Dave on guitar and now the trio as in me with bass and drums. Musically these are all major milestones for a singer who came so late to self-accompanying but challenges I am now truly relishing. Last night in Italy, the trio was born and let me tell you it's a beauty! Loving Neil Charles on bass and Davide de Rose on drums. And my first ever gig in Italy performing my music was a milestone worth savouring in itself... My Italian is non-existent (I only know the swear words courtesy of hanging around with Italian musicians, I'm thinking of one in particular :) so I thought I'd better keep my Italian vocabulary under wraps) but fortunately the language of music and applause has no language barrier...!
DOUBLE BILL ANTICS OVER... FOR NOWposted 12th November, 2012
An amazing welsh experience came to an end today... got back to London safe and sound and full of good vibes and lovely memories. In a week that kicked off in hilarious style with a live session for BBC Radio Wales on Alan Thompson's The Evening Show, the tone of the week was set and continued in eventful fashion right through all the beautiful gig settings, brilliant audiences and glorious autumnal colours on those famous welsh hills, not to mention riotous company in Phil King. All in all, a pretty spectacular time...
GOODBYE PARIS, HELLO WALES!posted 3rd November, 2012
I had the best time in Paris - it was great fun dusting off the old lingo... and the audiences seemed pretty much equally entertained by the music and my attempts to communicate in french. Really hope to go back soon even though the deserts are too good. Special thanks must go to Idris for coming along as my roadie amongst many other things, he's a legend. Off to Wales next for four double bill dates with PHIL KING - I love it when a plan comes together :)
ITALY DATE CONFIRMEDposted 16th October, 2012
First ever date in Italy confirmed! For 23rd november. Come back soon for more details...
PROPS FROM JAZZ BLOGposted 1st October, 2012
Lovely to be appreciated by Sebastian Scotney on his blog here for my gig with Ben Hazleton at King's Place a couple of weeks ago. He reviews the festival as a whole and although there's a bit missing at the end of the sentence on us, I'm still feeling the love ;)
THE WORD IS OUTposted 27th September, 2012
About The Magic Garden pub. A great place to do a gig. Thanks so much to everyone for coming out to see us. And the new songs were given a great welcome into the world so thanks especially for that. Next up, the double bill tour kicks off in Swindon with Phil King.
FORTHCOMING DOUBLE BILL TOUR!posted 18th September, 2012
Back in April of this year, I was invited down to Bristol to play at The Folkhouse by the amazing PHIL KING. He writes really thoughtful songs and plays a mean acoustic guitar and we've been friends since the days of myspace... back in the day. Had such a magical time in Bristol playing solo and then him playing solo and a good old-fashioned drinking session into the night... Good times. Let's have some more - we're taking the double bill on tour and it all starts in a couple of weeks time!
KEEPING IT ROYALposted 10th September, 2012
Jazz bassist Ben Hazleton (of Uncle Sam's fame) has invited me to explore some of my favourite pop songs jazz stylee at King's Place this coming saturday 15th September, 2012. I think it's fair to say I don't generally perform cover versions but this has been loads of fun to get together and something quite different. Expect a few surprises and some lesser knowns...
ANTENNA STUDIOS REACH MEposted 2nd September, 2012
First local gig at Crystal Palace's hottest new nightspot, Cafe Thing @ Antenna Studios. Small in space but MASSIVE in heart and a great line in muffins too.