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The words most commonly associated with Julia Nunes and her music? Quirky, inventive, soulful and funny. You can't watch one of her videos on YouTube or see her live without feeling the power of her personality, a confident vulnerability which makes her and her songs both likeable and accessible. People listen to her and want to pick up their guitars again. They want to learn to play the ukulele. They want to be best friends with her. They want to be her.
At 24, from upstate New York, Julia has written a lot of songs, played a lot of gigs and done her fair share of touring. She has four albums of original material under her belt, opened for Ben Folds and Ben Kweller, and played Bonnaroo... twice. Her crowd-funded album, Settle Down (release date: Feb 28, 2012), broke records for music projects on Kickstarter.com. She's toured England three times, she's appeared on "Conan" and both Billboard and CNN have done stories on her.
With lines like, "I can't read the lines, let alone in between", and "Through sunlight squint my eyes, to see you by my side", Julia's lyrics have a sophisticated and poetic clarity, which far outstrip her youth. Her recorded songs have multi-layered harmonies that inform and lift their melodies to a whole new level. Her YouTube videos demonstrate a virtuoso sense of timing, shaping the visual and musical experience with killer editing skills.
She comes from a musical family, listening to definitive 60s artists from the Beatles to the Beach
Boys, jazz and Portuguese fado, as well as Motown. She picked up her signature instrument, a ukulele, in 2007, an instrument she could take with her to camp for the summer. She started posting videos to YouTube as a way to share new songs with friends at home, after she went away to college. The rest, as they say, is history.