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Julie Mahendran

Julie’s music is soul-jazz with a pop sensibility. Her strong, clear vocal tone cuts straight to the heart of a song- whether she’s singing one of her own original songs or interpreting someone else’s in her own unique way. Her inspirations have run the gamut from jazz greats Ella and Sarah to iconic voices of the seventies like Donna Summer and Chaka Khan, right through to pop stars of the eighties like Whitney Houston and Annie Lennox. Julie also loves singing and writing “vocalese”- lyrics to instrumental songs and solos, inspired by the likes of Jon Hendricks and Annie Ross.

A Canadian born in Montreal, raised in Edmonton, and currently residing in Toronto, Julie won a substantial scholarship to complete her Bachelor of Music at Berklee college of Music, studying with Cheryl Bentyne of the Manhattan Transfer and having performed for Herb Alpert, Patti Austin and Benny Golson. Julie’s first album, NEVER DO WITHOUT YOU, is a tribute to classic jazz. It features unique treatments of songs such as “On The Street Where You Live” and her original song “Killer” with a “chordless trio” instrumentation of just voice, bass and drums.

Exploring the 70s and 80s music of her childhood inspired her second CD, LOVELIGHT, and reveals her influences in a smooth groove sound. In addition to four of Julie’s original tunes, she has crafted arrangements of songs that were originally performed by artists such as Bill Withers, Cyndi Lauper, and the Supremes. She also released her first music video showcasing her song “Tip Of My Tongue”. Julie has performed throughout North America, in Europe, and in Hong Kong at the Four Seasons Hotel as a featured artist.