Julie McConnell | Love Is Here

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Love Is Here

by Julie McConnell

"Julie McConnell has one of those rare jazz voices that makes the listener want to hear more. Her voice is clear, sensual, and intimate. She can sing a lyric like few others, her voice always on key and emotionally perfect." -Lee Prosser, JazzReview.com
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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1. I've Got You Under My Skin
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2. Summertime
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3. The Very Thought of You
2:22 $0.99
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4. My Funny Valentine
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5. It's Only A Paper Moon
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6. Where Is Love?
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7. The Shadow of Your Smile
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8. Ill Wind
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9. Deed I Do
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10. Gentle Rain
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11. Isn't It Romantic?
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12. It Don't Mean A Thing
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13. Amazing Grace
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Julie has studied and performed music extensively since age 10, starting with her church choir in North Carolina. She went on to win numerous awards in piano and voice throughout Junior High and High School, both at local and state levels. She was awarded a Vocal Scholarship to Appalachian State University in 1984. After college she moved West and continued to perform with such local groups as The La Jolla Symphony and Chorus, among others.

Julie has a unique approach to the jazz standard; rooted in the foundation of her Southern upbringing, with the vocal technique of Barbra Streisand, the youthful sound of Norah Jones, and the soulfulness of Patsy Cline.

Julie has flowered into one of the most promising jazz vocalists of today, and has performed with many San Diego artists, such as Shep Meyers, Steve O'Connor, Joe Marillo, Pat Danna, Flip Oakes, Duncan Moore, Russell Bizzett, Kevin Green, Sky Ladd, Mikole Kaar, Bob Campbell, Tim McMahon,Trip Sprague, Tommy Gannon, John Opferkoch and Bryan McConnell.

Julie performs in such venues as Neimans in Carlsbad, The Prado in Balboa Park, Martini Ranch and Robbies in Encinitas, as well as Croce's in downtown San Diego, among others.

Julie has recently had the release of her debut CD, "Love Is Here." This CD features Julie singing standards arranged by Bryan McConnell. It is an eclectic mix of songs performed with an original, smooth, and lasting sound.

QUOTES...

"Julie McConnell has one of those rare jazz
voices that makes the listener want to hear
more. Her voice is clear, sensual, and intimate.
She can sing a lyric like few others, her voice
always on key and emotionally perfect."

-Lee Prosser, Critic, JazzReview.com


"The Southern-born singer possesses a supple
and pure voice, and shows a willingness to take
chances by going after taxing melodies such as
Harold Arlen's moody 'Ill Wind,' Lionel Bart's
wistful 'Where Is Love?' as well as George
Gershwin's challenging "Summertime." In addition,
her reading of 'The Shadow of Your Smile' impresses."

-Cam Miller, Critic, North County Times, San Diego, CA


"Julie McConnell is one of those rare singers who
spans a huge musical spectrum. She goes from Cole
Porter's 'I've Got You Under My Skin,' to the
spiritual serenity of 'Amazing Grace,' and does so in
perfect time, with perfect intonation. Stylistically,
she's an original, and runs the gamut singing in the
fashion of the great cabaret singers, as well as
incorporating her jazz roots, without resorting to
any gimmicks or vocal gymnastics. Very refreshing
listening, indeed."

-Shep Meyers, pianist, San Diego, CA


"If you like a trained and crystal clear voice,
interesting approaches to wonderful standards,
and a relaxed approach to recording, you'll enjoy
Julie McConnell's debut CD."

-Holly Hofmann, flutist, San Diego, CA


"Julie gives character to every song, making each
distinct from another. Also, the piano, bass and
drums are superbly tight. This CD represents love.
Love of the greatest songs ever written, and love
for my friends Julie and Bryan, who put all this
beautiful music together."

-Dale Gosa, bassist, Jacksonville, FL


"Julie McConnell has it all. She has beauty, a
dazzling personality, AND SHE CAN SING. Her
technique is direct and her intonation is
impeccable. She sings all the songs in the right
keys, without the interruptive influence of
improvisations. Her voice is very polished. She
directs the movement of the group with her gentle
but extremely melodic dynamic style. She could
reach heights of such acclaim as Peggy Lee, Judy
Garland, Natalie Cole and others."

-Ace Hill, pianist, Monterey, CA

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V. Lynne

You will get addicted to this CD!
This CD is addictive. You will want to listen to it in the car, at dinner, on your ipod.....! Julie McConnell's vocals are pure and smooth. The arrangements are gorgeous. This is a can't miss!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Abby Ruben


It's as if someone knew what all my favorite jazz songs are and put them on one CD, with heart-felt vocals, heart-breaking bass playing (especially on "Summertime") and lovely arrangements.
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