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Feel Free

by Julie Clark

So personal, you'll feel almost voyeuristic listening to Julie Clark's powerful debut. 10 original songs in the Lilith Fair tradition of acoustic folk/pop. A multi-award-winning CD you're sure to love.
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1. Precisely (What You Need)
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2. One of These Days
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3. The Naked Song
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4. Think Too Much
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5. Your Wings
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6. She's Movin' On
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7. Whatever it Takes (The Wedding Song)
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8. Just For the Record
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9. Guilty Afternoon
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10. Gettin' There
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"Feel Free" is the highly acclaimed debut album of all-original material from Virginia-based singer/songwriter Julie Clark. Released on the Great Big Records label, this CD is an impressive collection of finely crafted, radio-friendly pieces. Most are acoustic folk/pop in the Lilith Fair tradition, built on Julie's clear, distinctive voice and memorable songs.

Her award-winning songwriting matches the quality of her voice - clear, direct and full of emotion. Her lyrics conjur images of hope, forgiveness, and the inevitability of change, making each experience immediate and real for listeners. She writes with honesty about love and lust, heartbreak and obsession, and the struggle between temptation and commitment.

Producers Rich Mossman and David Mills have succeeded in creating a record that effectively presents and supports Julie's songs. The arrangements are full, yet transparent, building in waves that are left etched in your mind. Both producers performed on the album, in addition to directing contributions from players such as John Toomey, Bill Gurley, Karl Werne, Curtis Eley, Scott Harris and Michael Sorg. Background vocals add a whole new dimension with contributions from L. E. Lambert, Resa Gibbs and John Hines.

Robert Ulsh of Master Sound Studios brings more than 25 years of experience to the project as recording and mixing engineer. His skill is evident throughout, in the record's clean, fully professional sound. Rob's technical expertise, state-of-the-art equipment and attention to detail were instrumental in making this independent project a first-class production.

In May of 2004, Julie won the prestigious Kerrville New Folk Competition, joining a list of winners that includes Lyle Lovett, Steve Earle, Nanci Griffith and Shawn Colvin. Also in 2004, she was awarded First Place in the Great American Song Contest, Folk/Acoustic category and has twice received honors in The John Lennon International songwriting Competition over thousands of competing entries.

Check out Julie Clark for powerful, straight-from-the-heart honesty and a voice that must be heard!

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REVIEW from Portfolio Weekly, April 29, 2003
Finding Her Voice
By Jim Morrison
Locally based singer/songwriter Julie Clark gives us a promising debut

It's easy to fall into Julie Clark's debut disc, Feel Free (Great Big Records). Clark has an alluring voice favoring Shawn Colvin and Ani DiFranco with a dash of Natalie Merchant. Just as importantly, she has a way with melody and lyrics - an easygoing style that makes Feel Free a pleasure from the languid R-rated opener, "Precisely (What You Need)" to the sly, upbeat closer, "Gettin' There."

...Clark, an ODU graduate, concentrates on writing about relationships, examining them from all sides. She comforts a lover after a tough day in "Precisely"; remembers a friendship that ended without closure in "One of These Days"; and examines her own failings and regrets in "Think Too Much" and "Just for the Record." There are also the sexy bodice-rippers: "The Naked Song" and "Guilty Afternoon," two funky pop burners that would make Shakira blush and Madonna smile.

Throughout the disc, Clark's clear, warm voice takes center stage. But Mossman and Mills have added the right touches with appearances by a team of local all-stars. On "The Naked Song," particularly, Mills slips in appropriately funky bass lines. Throughout, Curtis Eley adds economically tasteful guitar solos. L.E. Lambert contributes a warm, stunning duet on the tender "Whatever it Takes." Resa Gibbs helps make "Gettin' There" a road trip sing-along.

And Bill Gurley's fiddle transforms "Your Wings" into a ballad worthy of Nanci Griffith. In it, Clark sings about the inevitably complicated relationship between any mother and daughter. "Your wings might have let me down," she admits. "These things don't mean that I can't love you and rise above, rise above."

"I had serious doubts about including the song, "Your Wings," Clark says. "It was hard to imagine people would want to hear about the struggles I've had in my relationship with my mother... But, you know, I decided to include it, and I've been pleasantly surprised by the positive feedback."

"I'm starting to believe that if I feel strongly enough to write an honest song about something, no matter how personal, it's likely to resonate with some of the people listening," she adds.

Clark's modesty aside, this is a promising, thoroughly enjoyable debut from the first cut to the last: a birth announcement of a mature, major local talent.

The CD is on Clark's own Great Big Records and is available at Birdland Records in Virginia Beach and on Amazon and CDBaby.com.

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Anna Baker

Wonderful debut!!! Awesome voice.
This is the best debut CD I've heard from an artist in a very long time! The more I listen, the more the songs get in my head and I find myself singing them all day. Julie Clark has a wonderful voice. Can't wait for her next release!
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Michelle Revolinsky

WOW! Why is this CD not on the Billboards top 100?
This CD is one of the best CD's I have heard in a long time. Every song is enjoyable.
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Joy

Worthwhile
Wonderful! Seeing JUlie singing the songs certainly make the connection of how personal these song are to her.
Watching Jess play is truly an amazing treat! Thanks to both for a nice evening of Folk Music!
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Cynthia & Melody

We love this CD. It's absolutely awesome.
Our favorite song is "Precisely". However,the whole CD is great. Julie is awesome. Her music is sexy, real and passionate.
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Kristin Ruppel

Why isn't this CD on my radio's top 10????
This CD is so inspirational. You can really feel this music. The first time I heard Whatever it takes I fell in love with her music and ordered the CD. (Couldn't find it locally, but had to have it.) Looking forward to the next CD and hoping to hear you on my local radio's top 10 list!!
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Richard Yates

Every song is a delight!
Very enjoyable. Very consistant. Good voice and music.
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Donna Coffey

Your beautiful voice delights all those who listen.
One Of These Days is a surprisingly unique song that most of us can relate to. I love it! Your Wings not only has beautiful stories but an important and gently-dosed lesson to love and forgive our mothers and ourselves. Gettin' There cheers me up without being annoying. It's comforting and peaceful and sweet and inspiring.

Oh, and thanks for sharing your beautiful voice with us under the trees and in the sunshine on a warm afternoon in September.
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Melanie W

Great Cd ! I bought 3 so I could send them to friends! Cdbaby sent these Fast
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Elaine Reeder

JULIE HAS A GREAT GIFT; EACH SONG DRAWS YOU IN!!!
A tour de force debut CD! The consistent high quality of this CD shines through as Julie's evocative lyrics and distinctive voice draw the listener in, sharing universal feelings of love in a fresh and interesting way. Julie creates a CD of unexpected richness and feeling.
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Arline Cusick

Julie is so very talented, her singing takes your breath away....
Heard Julie for the first time at the "Talent Search Contest" at Newport,R.I., where she was a finalist. My husband and I where overwhelmed by her voice. We bought her cd and listen to it often.
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