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Moods: Solo Female Artist Jazz: Soul-Jazz Jazz: Jazz Vocals Easy Listening: Vocal Pop

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Julie Mahendran

Her songwriting reflects the soulful jazz-pop of current artists like Corinne Bailey Rae, with influences from classic soul artists including Sade- she also has a penchant for singing and writing lyrics to instrumental songs and solos, so inspired has she been by the likes of Jon Hendricks and Annie Ross. Julie's clear, powerful vocals were originally influenced by pop artists of the 80s like Whitney Houston, then the classic jazz vocals of artists from Ella Fitzgerald to Natalie Cole to Eva Cassidy, and finally classic r&b artists such as Chaka Khan.

A Canadian artist who is an Easterner by birth (Montreal) and a Westerner at heart (Edmonton), she has ended up somewhere in between- Toronto. But not before this confirmed city girl had already tried out London, New York and Boston- the latter to complete her Bachelor of Music at the world-renowned Berklee College of Music, and to study with Cheryl Bentyne of the Manhattan Transfer. After studying jazz music full-time for 4 years, it was inevitable that her first independent CD (NEVER DO WITHOUT YOU) would be mostly classic jazz- what made it unique was the chordless trio instrumentation of voice, bass and drums.

Around the same time, Julie made her first foray into being a freelance musician when she joined an 80s pop tribute band as keyboardist/vocalist- and exploring the music of her childhood gave her new inspiration. Her second CD, LOVELIGHT, is the culmination of these soul, jazz and pop music influences- all presented in a smooth, groove-based sound. In addition to four original tracks, Julie has crafted unique arrangements of songs that were originally performed in the 70s and 80s by artists including Bill Withers, Cyndi Lauper, and Annie Lennox.