About Julia Wade
Classical crossover and inspirational singer Julia Wade has been hailed by critics as “the female equivalent of Josh Groban.” [Inside World Music] Spanning diverse musical styles, Julia has performed nationally and internationally as a concert artist, as well as in opera, cabaret and musical theatre, including The Rome Opera and Carnegie Hall.
Recently, Julia starred in a series of performances of a new concert project called "Is Anybody Listening?" at New York City's Sheen Center for Thought and Culture. Currently, the concert is being streamed as a live-hosted webcast to audiences all across the world. The live-concert recording of “Is Anybody Listening?” is being released in the fall of 2017.
As a recording artist, Julia is truly at home in the studio with no less than 11 solo CDs under her belt. Fall 2017 marks the release of her 12th solo CD, “Sunday Morning,” — an album with 11 gorgeous new solos composed by her producer, Peter Link, for singers to perform in church around the world. The sheet music is available on watchfiremusic.com.
Both Julia and Peter are dedicated to continuing to serve their inspirational and sacred audience base with new and inspiring solos to be enjoyed at home -- or anywhere, in church with a recording of Julia or a live performance of the songs by church soloists in your area. Julia is thrilled to be sharing these 11 new songs plus 2 more beloved solos from her sacred repertoire.
Additionally, there is yet one more CD — Julia's 13th — that she is currently working on completing as she forges ahead with her long-awaited secular inspirational album “Certainties, “ to be released in 2018.
On the theatrical side, Julia teamed up with no less than 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, mega church soloist Gwen Eagleton, New York studio and recording artists Emily Bindiger and Margaret Dorn.
As a concert artist, 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!"
Julia's CD release, “Silk Road -- Inspirational Journeys Across Planet Earth” has formed the foundation of recent concerts, marking a definitive leap into exploring the complexities of everyday life and the human heart through her performances.
The CD “Every Day” was the feature project that began the Watchfire Music Listening Room, a successful concert series in New York City, which Julia premiered, headlining in 8 concerts over 10 months to enthusiastic audiences.
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 other solo recordings include her CD, "Miracle of Faith," 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. “Wings,” followed as a study of inner peace in 3 diverse songs. 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.”
Julia’s theatrical and on-screen work include her performance of Kurt Weill’s “Lady In The Dark” at Teatro Massimo in Palermo, Italy, under the baton of the American conductor, Steven Mercurio. The production was broadcast nationally throughout Italy on RAI TV. Later, Julia reprised her role in this same work in a co-production at the Rome Opera.
Julia also performed in a solo appearance 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 the 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 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.
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