About Julia Wade
Julia Wade is a performer whose work spans many different musical genres from classical to Broadway to pop. Hailed by critics as “the female equivalent of Josh Groban,” Julia has performed nationally and internationally in musical theatre, opera, cabaret and concerts, including The Rome Opera and Carnegie Hall.
Currently, Julia is up on the boards in the leading role of Red in the west coast premier of "The People In The Picture" -- book and lyrics by Iris Ranier Dart (Beaches) and music by Mike Stoller (of Lieber and Stoller), and Artie Butler (arranger for Louis Armstrong, Bette Midler and more) produced by 3Below Theaters in San Jose, California.
Additionally, Julia starred in a new theatrical concert and webcast, IS ANYBODY LISTENING? with music by Peter Link, at New York City’s Sheen Center for Thought and Culture. Currently, the concert is being streamed as a live-hosted webcast to audiences across the world. The live concert recording of IS ANYBODY LISTENING? was released in September 2017.
Internationally, Julia was featured at the Rome Opera in Kurt Weill's LADY IN THE DARK (Sutton/Miss Foster) conducted by Steven Mercurio and directed by Italian stage director, Giorgio Marini. Julia also appeared in LADY IN THE DARK at Teatro Massimo, the Palermo Opera, where it was televised on RAI TV throughout Italy.
Highlights of other stage credits include Guenevere (CAMELOT), The White Witch (NARNIA, a musical version of THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE.), Papagena (THE MAGIC FLUTE), Despina (COSI FAN TUTTE), Kate Pinkerton, (Madama Butterfly), and the world premiers of Eve/The Emcee (HOTEL EDEN) and Anna (WEST OF WASHINGTON SQUARE). In New York, Julia has been featured in numerous productions, including KING OF HEARTS.
Julia’s concert work in New York City includes starring in the Joy Ride Concert, featuring Watchfire Music inspirational artists and co-produced by Faith and Values Media. In addition, Julia was instrumental in kicking off a successful 2-year concert series in NYC, the Watchfire Music Listening Room, featuring solo concerts by Julia, as well as Jenny Burton (The Jenny Burton Experience), Chieli Minucci (Special FX) Jimmy Roberts, (composer of I LOVE YOU, YOU’RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE) and more.
Julia has carved out a unique path as an inspirational singer -- touring her evocative solo concerts to a variety of venues from large concert halls to intimate theatres and churches. Julia takes her audience on an inspirational journey in which she grapples with issues of the world at large as well as the individual human condition. Her concert experience is described as being “beautifully entertain[ing] all the while your soul is being nourished!"
As a recording artist, Julia has no less than 13 solo CDs under her belt. November 2017 marked the release of her 13th solo CD, SUNDAY MORNING, an album of 13 inspirational songs composed by her producer and main composer, Peter Link. Her 14th CD, CERTAINTIES, is currently in production.
In 2015, Julia teamed up with 8 fantastic women vocalists to create her duets album, “DUETS: Woman 2 Woman -- Conversations with Wise Women In My Life." On this CD you will enjoy a broad range of musical conversations including duets with Broadway and television star Georgia Engel, R&B gospel singer Jenny Burton, Christian music star Cynthia Clawson, Broadway veteran Jan Horvath, international church soloist Gwen Eagleton, New York studio and recording artists Emily Bindiger and Margaret Dorn.
Additionally, Julia was a guest vocalist on a gospel compilation CD by her producer and principal composer, Peter Link, called “Goin' Home – On Heaven and Beyond.” Julia recorded Grammy Award Winner Julie Gold’s haunting song, “Come To Me As A Bird.” American Songwriter Magazine wrote that it was “performed exquisitely by the wonderful Julia Wade, whose heartbreakingly crystalline soprano and soaring passion matches the purity of the song’s spirit.”
Julia’s solo recordings also include “Silk Road -- Inspirational Journeys Across Planet Earth - marking a definitive leap into exploring the complexities of the human heart and condition. "Every Day" was the feature CD project that began the Watchfire Music Listening Room in New York City. "Miracle of Faith," is an inspirational suite for orchestra and 3 voices. “Deep Waters” is a suite for orchestra and voice weaving throughout the archetypal metaphor of the Mariner’s Journey. Other CDs include the contemporary “Affirmations,” the perennial favorite, “Story For The Ages,” Julia's intensely emotional Spanish release, “Alabado sea Dios” and her classic recording, “Upon The Mountain.”
Special appearances include Julia's solo peformance at the nationally televised 13th Annual Movie Guide Awards in Hollywood just before Jim Caveziel won Best Actor in Mel Gibson’s “The Passion Of The Christ.”
One of Julia’s favorite webcast projects to date is her performance of “Siyahamba” before a crowd of 3000, which was broadcast live to thousands more around the world.
Julia completed a successful 7-year run as the Soloist of the world headquarters of a major international church, The First Church of Christ, Scientist in Boston, MA where she performed and was broadcast live on the internet weekly, singing in both English and Spanish. During her tenure, Julia gained a loyal international audience while leading the way in expanding inspirational music. Julia is credited with changing the face of music in services throughout the world.
Notes on Julia’s background: Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Julia spent her early years moving with her family across the eastern seaboard. Julia’s family headed west again, and eventually she reached California where she earned her Bachelor of Music degree at San Jose State University. Julia also studied her craft and performed in Florence, Italy as an opera apprentice. Julia gained early professional stage experience as a leading singer at Opera San Jose, a professional repertory company for emerging opera singers.
Before moving to New York, music called Julia to Los Angeles where she concertized and performed with various music organizations including Opera Pacific while also serving as an Artist-In-Residence with the Los Angeles Music Center. During this time, Julia nurtured a love of music and theatre in thousands of children, from kindergarten to high school. She performed and taught in diverse communities ranging from Watts, South Central, and East Los Angeles to Orange County, Bel Air and Pacific Palisades.
Julia’s keen love for children ultimately inspired her to release two children’s CDs, “Ogden Nash's Custard The Dragon” by Broadway composer Brad Ross and Peter Link’s “For Kids Only.” Julia teamed up again with Brad Ross to record his new setting of the timeless poem, "’Twas the Night Before Christmas” – a song for kids of all ages!
Julia’s CDs can be found on WatchFireMusic.com, iTunes and many other digital outlets. An international favorite, Julia leads the way as Watchfire Music’s best-selling recording artist, while also serving as the company’s president. Julia is true east-coaster these days and resides in the greater New York City area with her husband and nearby family.
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