new cd "Don't Let Go" available today!
With two fists full of awards and nominations in the last few years, including five Detroit Music Awards for Outstanding Country Songwriter, Artist, twice for Outstanding Recording, and most recently, the 2015 Detroit Music Award for Outstanding Country Vocalist, Julianne has cemented herself in the Detroit and Michigan music scenes as a major talent and one of the hardest working country artists in the midwest.
Julianne has been writing heartfelt songs and delivering electric performances, both solo and with her band The Rogues, for years. Her third solo Album “Don’t Let Go” was be released on August 26th, 2015. Her sophomore album “Vivid” was the winner of the 2012 DMA for Outstanding Country Recording. Her song “Lead Footin’ In the Left Lane, was used nationally by WXYZ for the 2015 annual Woodward Dream Cruise televised special and “No Place For a Lullabye” was used by HomeAid of America in their PSA campaign to raise funds for housing the homeless.
2016 has Julianne writing with Platinum hit songwriter, Gary Hannan, for his Road Warrior Tour in support of veterans. They will be touring to England and France, and nationally in the US. She has also been writing with Michigan Emmy winning songwriter, Michelle Chenard, and will be touring nationally as Ankley and Chenard. See the "shows" page for details!
She has also been a regular celebrity host and performer in Nashville during the CMA Fest, and also performs occasionally at Nashville’s world-famous Bluebird Cafe, the Listening Room, Tootsie’s, and more.
Julianne is proud to be endorsed by Luna Guitars for over six years now, and she was a featured artist on a 2008 retail store poster distributed by the company to dealers world-wide. Julianne continues to perform 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.
"The best of Detroit Country Music shines through in this relevant and very poignant song from a present day soldier’s mother's point of view. 'He's Still My Boy' is a well-written piece of American pie that really hits home. Our heroes give of themselves every day and their families pay just as big of a price and that is what this song is all about. Julianne can sing and she can ever more write a good song. When I read about this on Twitter I downloaded it right away. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!" - Joe Bonsall / Oak Ridge Boys
"Julianne Ankley exemplifies dedication to her art and is focused on her craft. She is very talented...a true artist and songwriter." - Cowboy Troy / Warner Nashville
(about "Christmas In Your Heart") "Amazing song…perfectly done. Brings back the feeling when I was a kid coming back from my Aunt and Uncles house with my parents. Instantly puts you back in time when Family, Friends, and Love is all that mattered at Christmas instead of buying the next new thing that won't be played with by February. Congrats Ms. Ankley…Job well done. - Deb Roysdon / Hoosier Music News
(about "Vivid") "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
"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
"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