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April 21st, 2013 -- Posted in Uncategorized |
Hey all, I got to write about a little adventure I took to the desert with some friends, for an online mag, Mind Body Green. Please check it out when you get a chance:Â Is Sound Healing???
The article talks about an insight I had when we did a sound healing session. Ever done one? Check my article out to find out more:
If you find the article interesting or helpful in any way please share, like, tweet, etc.
December 9th, 2012 -- Posted in Uncategorized |
Rufus Wainwright and Martha Wainwright holiday concert at Royce Hall
Hey All, I’ll be singing a duet with Rufus at his and sister Martha’s holiday concert, Dec. 21 & 22 at Royce Hall, UCLA. Tickets are only $20 and there are lots of fun guests like Emmylou Harris, Van Dyke Parks and Carrie Fisher. Please come join us for the festivities. Just click on the image above to purchase tix.
September 4th, 2012 -- Posted in Uncategorized |
Installment 2: How Slowly quickly turned into a full length cd
So, as I mentioned in my last installment, Bill Demain and I instantly had a musical connection and out of our first session came the song Slowly. Slowly was soon followed by Until. I came up with the entire melody to Until one morning as I awoke from the air mattress in my friend Kate Yorkâ€™s attic. Kate and I only knew each other through friends when she graciously allowed me to stay at her place during my stay in Nashville. Iâ€™ll always remember that kindness. With the melody in my head I went to my meeting with Bill and he pulled out the ingenious concept of Until. He had always wanted to write a song where the payoff was this word Until, suspended in time. It was a perfect fit for the melody. With two bossa songs for myself as well as a few great country sessions, I left Nashville feeling re-vitalized by the experience of following the creative flow.
When I got back to LA, Ethan Johns and his family were in town. Although he was no longer my producer at that point, he was still my publisher, so we got together and I played him some of the songs I had written in Nashville, for the country market and for myself. As soon as Ethan heard Slowly and Until he said â€śWE HAVE TO MAKE THIS RECORD.â€ť Next thing I knew, Kenny MacPherson and Jamie Ceretta at Chrysalis gave the go ahead and even took the unusual step of funding the project. I say unusual because that is typically not what publishers do. But this is the same team that developed Ray LaMontagne with so much success and with Ethan back in the driverâ€™s seat, they were willing to take a chance on the project. I felt grateful.
The next several months were spent honing in on the precise character of Dominoes. Ethan is a proper producer. By that, I mean he is very hands on. He steers the vision of a project the way a director does for a film. Because Iâ€™m primarily a songsmith, I enjoy working with producers who have the big picture in mind and Iâ€™ve been fortunate to work with two of the best hands on producers in the business (the other being Jeff Lynne.) I was dealt a strong hand when it comes to creative partnering on musical projects.
So, the next several months of pre-production were spent sending Ethan songs to hearâ€¦ and getting shot down! I had to work backwards to discover what was right about the first couple of songs so I could successfully connect the dots! Heâ€™d make these obtuse comments like â€śit needs to be more brunette with fringeâ€ť (thatâ€™s British lingo for bangs.) Iâ€™d have to interpret the meaning of that, in song (I got: more edgy and sophisticated.) At first I kept hitting walls and felt really frustrated by it. But then, something clicked. The overall voice of the project emerged more clearly in me and became a thread that tied all the songs together. Remember those days, when a whole album took you on a complete 45 or so minute journey? Thatâ€™s what we were creatingâ€¦ he, by guiding me in an over-arching way and me with each 3-5 minute vignette of song.
In my next installment Iâ€™ll get into the making of a few of the other songs on Dominoes, like the especially naughty title track. Thereâ€™s a great story to go with that so stay tunedâ€¦
April 25th, 2012 -- Posted in Uncategorized |
when I originally signed to Chrysalis, the plan was that I would be a staff writer while my producer Ethan Johns and I developed my follow up to “Restless Night.” Well, as the music biz goes, Ethan’s star began to really rise that year (I think he produced Joe Cocker and Tom Jones that year!) A year later there had been no movement on my project. My A&R sat me down and clarified for me that Chrysalis had signed me as a writer, not an artist, so I needed to let go of expecting support as an artist and stay focused on writing for the country and pop markets.
Initially I was devastated by this news. The game had changed without my knowing it and while I had discovered I really loved staff writing, it was also important to me to balance that with my own artistic endeavors. Then I thought “Fuck it! This is still an opportunity!” I planned a writing trip for myself to London and Nashville. I found that in my home town of LA the co-writes cameâ€¦ slowlyâ€¦ but if I planned a trip to those two cities, Chrysalis would stack me up with meets. I realized that, to keep working as a staff writer, I was going to have to hustle to build a library of material and start getting cuts. They say it takes 5 years to break through as a staff writer in the songwriting market. I knew I probably didn’t have that kind of time.
While in London, I discovered a bunch of my Nashville country music co-writes had fallen through. I was having dinner with the amazingly talented Gary Clark and he said “you have to write with my friend Bill Demain in Nashville, he’s amazing!” That’s all I needed to hear. I contacted Bill and we set up a session.
When I got to Nashville I became really aware of all the incredible music that was going on there, which was not Country. I had been there a few times, but this time it really started to gel for me. Nashville was alive with MUSIC in a way that for me London, NY and LA were not, as much. Journeyman artists were making music for music’s sake and the spirit of the town really rubbed off on me. I decided I would somehow find a way to make my own record as an artist, with or without support.
When I arrived at Bill’s apartment, we had a blank slateâ€¦ no specific agenda for our writing session. We got to talking and discovered our shared loved of bossa nova music. We decided to write a bossa song for the hell of it, not sure where it would lead but going strictly on the fact that we both loved the style.
Bill brought out some amazing lyrics he had stashed away. “Slowlyâ€¦ I’ve been coming ’round, waking to a soft and distant sound, like music from another room calling to me.” He had written all the lyrics for the verses and was just in need of a bridge idea. I came up with “clouds over the moon” because I could not resist interjecting some doubt and uncertainty in the mix!
The thing that really blew me away about Bill’s lyrics is how he was able to be unabashedly romantic without it sounding in any way saccharine. This was a skill I did not yet possess! The only way I was capable of writing songs about love is if I was writing about what interferes with loving. I hadn’t yet learned how to write from the position of being in love! Bill knew how to do that. So, we were a great match because he kept things genuinely hopeful!
I immediately heard a melody for the song and Bill instantly knew where to take the chords. He’s a wonderfully talented guitarist and his love of bossanova has been absorbed into his fingers! Once we had settled on the bridge lyrics, that came effortlessly as well. I would say, all in all, the Slowly session was one of the most satisfying and easy songwriting sessions I’ve ever had. We both were thrilled with the song and as a result we both ended up including it on our separate projects. Bill’s band Swan Dive cut a version of it that just got placed in NBC’s new sitcom, Best Friends Forever!
So how did we go from writing that first song together, when I thought all was lost for my follow up project, to sitting in the room together in Hollywood’s Sound Factory as we recorded my cd “Dominoes” 8 months later??? Stay tuned for my next installment of the soap opera, “As the Bossa Turns” to find out! Meanwhile, to hear “Slowly” scroll over the music player on the right sidebar.
December 1st, 2011 -- Posted in Uncategorized |
I have a new fan page on facebook: www.facebook.com/juliannarayemusic
I’m excited to connect with you all in the deeper virtual web so c’mon and like me!
In other news I’m getting my EP, “How to Fail at Love” ready to share with the world. I’ll keep you posted.
Bye for now,
April 20th, 2011 -- Posted in Uncategorized |
Hey all, I’m hosting this at Against the Stream meditation center, 1001A Colorado Blvd. Santa Monica.Â Sponsored by the Harmony FestivalÂ www.harmonyfestival.com this is a donations only event. Pop Go Zen takes live music to a whole new level, training listeners in fun, simple skills to increase enjoyment and decrease stress. Group energy is powerful and listening to live music is one of life’s great pleasures. But, sometimes youâ€™re too distracted to enjoy! Even if you are able to concentrate, you may be interested in skills that deepen and enrich the experience; skills you can carry with you to improve your whole life! Learn some simple techniques and then enjoy a live performance by very special guest, Ben Lee. Pop Go Zen: Change your life, one song at a time and have a blast doing it!Â www.popgozen.com
October 17th, 2010 -- Posted in Uncategorized |
Hi all, I have some happy news to report. Japan’s oldest independent record label, Vivid Sound, will be releasing my cd Dominoes in Japan!!! I’m very excited about this and will keep you informed as things unfold.
December 22nd, 2009 -- Posted in Uncategorized |
Hi All, My Bossa Nova flavored cd Dominoes, produced by Ethan Johns, was nominated for an Independent Music Award for Best Concept Album! The Popular vote concludes in June so please click Slowly on the widget below. HERE’S A LINK TO BUY THE CD! http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/juliannaraye
It’s an honor to be nominated!
December 2nd, 2009 -- Posted in Uncategorized |
Lately I have been hosting dear pals in my humble abode and it has been a sweet and musical feast! My friend Joe Pisapia came to town a couple weeks ago working on a fantastic song he wrote with KD Lang. He and I wrote “Summer On My Mind” together… he really is a brilliant writer, player, producer and all around lovely human being. Right now another friend from Nashville Courtney Jaye is sitting in my living room singing along to a fave of hers, Bryan Cates. Courtney and I have written a few wonderful songs together, a couple of which will likely be on her next release. If you’re not familiar with her music you must check it out!!!
In other news I’m getting ready to head up to Oakland to participate in Judith Owen and Harry Shearer’s Christmas extravaganza! I’ll also be sitting in on a song or two at the Broad in Santa Monica on Dec. 13th.Â
Finally, I’m in the process of finishing up an EP entitled MUSE which will probably be completed by the beginning of the year. It’s a group of piano ballads marking a new but related direction for me and I’m really proud of the songs.
That’s it for now. I wish you all you wish for yourself and more.
October 5th, 2009 -- Posted in Uncategorized |
Some nice stuff is happening lately so I thought it best to slap a post up and announce to the world. There was a lovely profile of my cd Dominoes in last month’s issue of Beige magazine in the UK. In October’sÂ Jazzwise the UK’s premiere Jazz magazine there is an amazing 4 star review! I’ll post it when I get a copy Also I did an appearance on a talk show called the M Show, a show for moms which will be airing there sometime this fall. Last but not least, I had an opportunity to perform a few weeks back at the Grammy Museum in honor of the release of the Cy Coleman tribute cd, “the best is yet to come.” I sing a bossa version of his first cut ever “i’m gonna laugh you right out of my life” made popular by none other than nat king cole. The cd is quite an amazing collection of ladies including Fiona Apple, Patty Griffin, Missy Higgins, Madeleine Peyroux, Sam Philips, Ambrosia Parsley, Sarah Watkins, Perla Batalla, Jill Sobule and Sarabeth Tucek. The night at the grammy museum was so rich in musical expression it was inspiring and Chris Morris who moderated the evening referred to me as his favorite torch singer, which doesn’t hurt!
That’s all I got for now. I noticed someone posted a bunch of songs from my first cd on youtube. Pretty cool. Someday i’m gonna do a video for Dominoes.
Keep sending me the good vibes and I will keep sending them back.
Bye for now,