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Singer, song-leader, guitarist, teacher, activist & mother Julie Beutel is a native of the city of Detroit. She spent her post-childhood-pre-motherhood years studying, traveling, working and living in several countries in Europe and Central America. She lived and worked with Witness for Peace in Nicaragua during the war for almost 2 years. Her motherhood years she has spent mainly in southwest Detroit raising her kids, teaching music to children in Southwest Detroit, and singing. She has also washed uncountable mounds of dishes.
Julie sings at coffeehouses, concerts, fundraisers, funerals, memorial services, weddings, schools, libraries, senior centers, and private parties. She has sung in jails, subway stations in Europe, soup kitchens, bars, nursing homes, churches, trains, plays, and peace marches. She has sung at the bedside of dying friends. Once she sang to a crowd of over 20,000 in DC (part of an anti-nuclear march). Once she sang to 248 empty chairs. (There were two people in the audience.)
Julie has hosted more than 40 house concerts in her living room, featuring local acoustic musicians. She also hosts and leads sacred singing/drumming circles in her home.
Julie sings from her soul. She sings from the depths. She is not afraid to address painful, awkward, controversial or funny issues in the songs she sings. She has the ability to make you cry, laugh out loud, or squirm. She loves to make people laugh. She’s honored when people say she made them cry. Her voice is beautiful and rich. Her performances are personal, intimate and fun. In between songs - when the situation allows - she tells stories, cracks jokes and pontificates. She loves to sing and perform more than almost anything else. She especially loves the chance to sing what she passionately feels is the truth.