Julie Curly is a singer-songwriter from Montreal with a passion for singing in both English and French. The song Comme un zèbre dans le désert, the single of her 12 track french album, Confessions (2014), was heard on community radio in Quebec, Ontario, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia & Belgium. Her music is inspired by storytelling and visual imagery.
In November 2015, the band released their first English single Silk Stocking District. The song tells the story of feminine power and the strength of a woman who won't sleep her way to the top. The vibrancy of New York comes through in the catchy song and the music video that was shot on location in the Big Apple. It is no surprise that New York plays a central role in Silk Stocking District, nor that Julie chose to write about a powerful woman with strong convictions. Julie entered the world in Montreal on the same day that John Lennon was murdered in NYC. She was born prematurely and struggled in her early days. There is no doubt the connection to this fateful day, and the determination she needed to survive has influenced her music. She tells her story in Can you imagine? (The Killing of John Lennon). The live music video of the song won prizes such as an Akademia Music Award (California) for best live performance and finished number one with more than 5000 views on the Beat100 (Britain) Music Video Charts in 2015.
In February 2016, her song Daydream was selected to be part of a compilation by independent Montreal label Jeunesse Cosmique and was on rotation on Montreal University radios CHOQ.FM & CISM. In November 2016, indie New York label Factory Fast Records selected the song You Blew Me Away for their music compilation and in February 2017 Comme un zèbre dans le désert was chosen. Then, the song Last Curtain Call was broadcast on the second episode of the TV series Highways to Fairways in April 2017 on TSN and ESPN.
Since 2014, Julie Curly & the Band frequently performs live at various venues in the province of Quebec. With their original compositions, they often perform cover songs (from the 60's to current Top 40) to please their audience, depending on the event. In June 2016, the band released 2 albums of cover songs Cover Session Vol.1 et Vol.2 "Covering the classics", on the digital market, under UK label Instrumental. With the cover of Let it Be by The Beatles, Julie became a finalist of the Voice Council Singing Competition in Winter 2016 (organized by Voice Council Magazine & TC-Helicon) while the original composition La belle époque (on the album Confessions) was selected for the semi-finals.
In June 2017, the band released their first English EP, with the financial help of FACTOR, Canada's private radio broadcasters & Government of Canada. Called Flower Power Soul the album pays tribute to the spirit of the 60's & 70's and pop sounds still stand as a way to express authentic feelings & storytelling. Launched May 1st, the radio single Stuck in Your Comfort Zone (lyrics: Julie Curly / Music: Gilbert Cantin) was well received in more than 60 radios across the provinces of Quebec, Ontario, New Brunswick and even in Alberta and Vancouver! The second radio single, Redemption Song, co-written with Monique Dumas, is released on January 2018. In Spring of 2018, Julie had the chance to tour Ontario & Quebec, with other great Canadian artists, as part of the RiseUp TV tour.
In 2019, during a show as part of La Fête nationale du Québec, she launched the single Un peuple, une voix ((lyrics: Julie Curly & music: Julie Curly & Sylvain Deschamps). An acoustic song with pop / folk accents, which intends to revisit the nostalgia for the Saint-Jean Baptiste celebrations in Quebec, on June 24. A touch of nostalgia, a "Je me souviens" for the national holiday. Then, at the end of 2019, on December 1, for World AIDS Day, she launched the song En plein coeur. A tribute to those who listen to their hearts, despite the storms that cross their lives, this song is intended to be an awareness tool for the cause, a hymn to those living with HIV and the prejudices that remain. The song was specially written and composed by Julie for the awareness campaign of Maison Plein Coeur, located in Montreal. A video was produced where several people living with HIV dance to the song, then unmask themselves, to counter prejudice: in the heart.
In 2020, Julie continues to lend her voice to Maison Plein Coeur, as a spokesperson. Then, in the fall of 2020, she released the music video for the song Redemption Song, which appeared on the Flower Power Soul album. Entirely self-produced, this music video presents a pop, positive, and a sunny environment in this rather gray period of a global pandemic. The music acts as a balm, a Redemption Song.
Musicians: Julie Curly (voice, mandolin, harmonica, lyrics), Sylvain Deschamps (guitar), Pat Saraceno (drums), Richard Gagnon (bass).
Several musicians performed as part of the band over the years: Gilbert Cantin (composer, bass, guitar, back vocals), Jean-Yves Cardin (keyboards, arrangements), Robert Massé (Drums), Didier Renaud (Bass), Sylvain Beaudoin (guitar), Jenny Kuca (percussions), Anne-Marie Kirouac (percussions), Éric Goyette (drums).