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Julianne Ankley / Bio

"Julianne put together the perfect combination when making this cd .. Heartfelt lyrics, soulful singing and a groove you can get lost in for days!! Vivid is like an emotional kaleidoscope twisting and turning through heartbreak, inspiration, anger and just plain fun! Go on and color your world Vivid!" - Dee Carpenter
Outstanding Country Recording
Outstanding Country Songwriter
Outstanding Country Vocalist
Outstanding Country Artist/Group - Julianne & The Rogues
Outstanding Acoustic/Folk Recording - "Vivid"
Outstanding Folk Artist/Group - Julianne & The Rogues
Outstanding Country Songwriter
Outstanding Country Vocalist
Outstanding Video / Independent Budget - "No Place For A Lullabye"
Outstanding Country Recording - "It Ain't Over"
Outstanding Country Vocalist
"Julianne is what music is all about ... unique, talented, capable of singing with emotion, and delivers a powerful, original message." - Tim Roberts, Program Director, WYCD-FM Detroit

With a sultry voice that captivates from the first note, Julianne is a dynamic singer-songwriter paving her own musical road with her first solo CD, “It Ain’t Over” (2010 Detroit Music Award nominee for Outstanding Country Recording). Julianne’s vocals and songwriting equally shine on the CD, which has lead to her first music video for the song “No Place For A Lullabye”, directed by Stephen Clark from WXYZ-TV in Detroit. The video and song were used by HomeAid of America (22 chapters nationwide) in PSAs for their 2010 & 2011 campaigns to build temporary housing for the homeless. June 2011 brought the release of Julianne’s much anticipated second CD, “Vivid”.

Julianne burst onto CMA Fest 2011 in Nashville, hosting and performing on two stages. 2010 was a banner year, as she garnered a top three country finalist spot in the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest with a performance at MerleFest, was named a CBS Detroit "Best Of" country artist, and snagged the coveted slot representing the Country genre in performance at the 2010 Detroit Music Awards. Nominated five times as Outstanding Country Vocalist for the DMAs, Julianne’s songwriting has been recognized with a 2011 and 2009 DMA nomination for Outstanding Country Songwriter and by taking honors in the 2008 and 2009 Great Lakes Songwriting Contest (2009 1st Place - "No Place For A Lullabye"). As well, Cowboy Troy will be including a song co-written with Julianne in his 2011 tour with Big and Rich.
Following up on five years as lead singer of the Detroit country group REDHILL, a captivating solo performer and audience favorite, Julianne has performed with the sax accompaniment of Grammy winner Alto Reed (of the Bob Seger band) and was featured in several Alto Reed's All-Star Concerts with Jeff Daniels, Mark Farner and Mitch Ryder. She has appeared live on television & radio shows, and opened for John Michael Montgomery at Detroit's DTE Music Theatre, Victoria Banks at the famous Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, as well as Whitney Duncan, Phil Vassar, the McClymonts, Steve Azar, Zac Brown Band, Darryl Worley, Telluride, David Nail, and Julianne Hough.

"A red hot singer and stage presence to burn down the house" - Brian Harper, WSAQ-FM, WYCD-FM, Detroit

Julianne has been a single mom raising three children on her own for the last 7 years in one of the worst economies in modern times. It was during this time that she turned to her songwriting and dug in. "Giving up was not an option. Sleep wasn't an option either, though" She laughs. "I felt a need to get my songs out there, because there are now more homes in the U.S. that are run by single moms than ever. Women just like me who don't know how they are going to make it til the end of the month, taking it day by day and doing their best for the ones they love. I felt that if I could convey my feelings in a song regardless of the subject, it might help other women out there feel like they're not alone. We're still kicking and hanging in there."
She's a true American farmer’s daughter, granddaughter, and great granddaughter who loves to perform, sing, and write songs. With names like Tubbs, Babcock, and Tremble in the family, country music is in her blood! "I don't know how closely, or if we are actually related to the famous Tennessee Tubb family, but my father and his whole family are musically inclined and often had Sunday musical "sit ins" with the whole family back in the 40's and even earlier. They'd leave the Sunday dinner table and pick up banjos, fiddles, guitars, and sit around the piano and jam. My dad still has my grandma's fiddle and mandolin in the living room. Maybe I'll learn to play them one day too. Why not?"
Julianne is proud to be endorsed by Luna Guitars for over three years now, and she was a featured artist on a 2008 retail store poster distributed by the company to dealers world-wide. Julianne has also performed the national anthem for numerous sporting teams, including the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Tigers, the Toledo Mud Hens, and belted out nine seasons (2002-2010) as the anthem "Voice of the Icehawks" for the Port Huron IHL hockey team.

"Julianne's songs are so honest and heartfelt, they hit the listener like a sucker-punch directly to the soul. She pleads her case in a strong and vibrant voice, wringing every nuance from her lyrics. A stand-up gal and an emotionally committed writer/performer indeed!" - Nolan Mendenhall, Producer

General Info

Band Members
Julianne plays solo, duo, 3 or 4, or up to full band. Members Julianne Ankley Nolan Mendenhall, Brian "Roscoe" White and Anamaria Ylizaliturri
Artist Name
Julianne Ankley
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Country / Pop / Country Rock

Contact Info

Fort Gratiot, MI

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