Julienne Taylor’s enchanting and captivating voice raised comparisons with both Norah Jones and Eva Cassidy, but Julienne has her own unique and distinctive style influenced from her Scottish ancestry.
Julienne’s latest album, A Time For Love, a collection of original songs and new interpretations of love songs with a Celtic influence, has been accumulating impressive sales throughout S.E.Asia in 2009.
The musical journey of Julienne Taylor has been a long and winding road. Having played in various bands in her High School years and studied dance and expressive mime in Edinburgh with Kinny Gardner (Lindsay Kemp Company), Julienne was convinced by musician friends who had previously made the transition, that a move to London was the only way to seriously pursue a career in music. So at 17 years old she did just that..
'Home', somewhat strangely, for the first few months of her arrival in the capital was living out of a suitcase in student nurse accommodation in Guys Hospital, being signed in as a guest by nursing staff friends and 'changing' her name every other day to avoid detection.
A flat in an unsalubrious part of S.E.London, which she shared with former bandmembers from Scotland was to become a more permanent base with Julienne working by day and writing songs by night - soon discovering that success does not come suddenly. A spell of homelessness on London's streets was only to compound this further.
Subsequent years saw Julienne working at Shepperton Film Studios learning the craft of sound engineering whilst regularly singing six nights a week with blues and soul bands and lending her voice as a backing vocalist for established acts. Later, a serious car crash would lead Julienne to pursue a studio engineering career whilst still persevering with her own musical ambitions
In 2001, whilst working with an Edinburgh based independent label, and following a series of successful live performances at the Edinburgh Festival, Julienne was signed to Virgin Records. A delay in the release of her first album however, meant the momentum was lost and in a world of priorities, the album and Julienne slowly became misplaced in the shuffle.
The release of the album A Time For Love in Asia proved to be a turning point in Julienne’s career. Following the success of this album Julienne signed a long-term recording and managing agreement with the Evolution Music Group.
Julienne promptly returned to the studio in Edinburgh with her songwriting partners and producers Gordon Campbell and Stuart Wood to recording her debut album for Evolution’s evosound label.
The resulting album ‘The Heart Within’ features originals including 'Can't Let Go', ‘We Go Round’ and ‘Forever Our Love’ alongside her interpretations of some of the classic songs such as Guitar Man, You Are Not Alone of Michael Jackson and Savage Garden’s ‘I Knew I Loved You’. The Heart Within album reached No.8 on the Hong Kong HMV international music chart and the single ‘I Knew I Love You’ peaked at No.1 on the Hong Kong International airplay chart.
Julienne’s debut headline concert took place on September 24th at the Lyric Theatre - The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Hong Kong featuring her banking band from Scotland, The Celtic Connection.
The concert was released in CD in late 2012 and on DVD and Blu-ray in late 2013.
Julienne returned to Asia for concerts with the legendary folk singer Judy Collins on 2nd September 2013 at The Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall (Taipei) and 3rd September 2013 at the Y-Theatre, Hong Kong.
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Julienne Taylor - Live At The Lyric (DVD)
Julienne Taylor - Live At The Lyric (Blu-ray)