“As a vocalist, [Julie Lee’s] a powerhouse, owning a solid gold tremolo laced with attitude and blessed with range that she wields with style… a world-class singer.”
Just when you think you can label Julie Lee into one category or genre, you hear something different. Lee is a collage, a real scrapbook of various traditional American styles. In her songwriting, as well as her work as a visual artist, Julie takes bits and pieces from each of her myriad influences to make something of her own that is both old and new. A Maryland native, Lee has lived in Nashville for 14 years and travelled and performed extensively across the US and Europe. She has had her songs recorded by country, bluegrass, and contemporary folk artists such as Alison Krauss, who included Julie’s songs “Jacob’s Dream” and “Away Down the River” on her platinum-selling collection A Hundred Miles or More, and Mark Newton, Pam Tillis, Ron Block, Gina Jeffries, Mark Erelli, Dave Peterson & 1946, and Saran Masen.
“When I first heard Julie Lee was taken by her ability to be artful, truthful, commercial and refreshing at the same time. Not at all easy in this day of artifice and facade.”
It all begins with a song, but for Julie Lee’s just-released seventh album, it actually started with babies — not her babies, but the offspring of some of Nashville’s best musicians. As a longtime singer/songwriter, and Nashville being Nashville, Lee’s took on the occasional side job of babysitting the likes of Kenny Vaughan (award-winning guitarist for Marty Stuart, Lucinda Williams and more) and Mike Bub (IBMA-Award winning upright bassist for the Del McCoury Band). They continually offered their services if she would get out and play again, and thus the Baby Daddies were born at a live show in 2010, inspiring her to get back into the studio last year.
On Julie Lee & The Baby-Daddies, Lee’s lauded and versatile mezzo-soprano inhabits songs inspired by all forms of Americana music, backed by several Baby-Daddies, as well as with special guests Alison Krauss, Tim O’Brien, Ron Block and Sarah Siskind, among others.
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