Julie Michels was born in New Jersey and raised in Germany, Scotland, France, and throughout the U.S. before settling in Toronto, Canada. Her travels instilled a wanderlust as well as an insatiable curiosity for the cultures and musical genres that would help mould her musical career.
Julie’s travels didn’t end in Toronto. She’s performed in jazz clubs and festivals throughout Europe, including such prestigious jazz events as the Glasgow Music Festival, the Utrect Festival in Holland, and the North Sea Jazz Festival.
The last few years have found Julie focused on North American venues and festivals, including the Toronto Jazz Festival, the Ottawa Jazz Festival, and clubs in New York and Toronto. However, she continues to perform internationally, with shows at the Haitian International Jazz Festival, the Jazz Tales Festival in Cairo, as well as performances with the Cairo Symphony Orchestra, and in Chalarbre, France.
Julie has worked with some of the top names in several genres of the music business including the Chicago Free Jazz Movement, Don Braden, Joe Sealy, Kahil El’Zabar, Robi Botos, Larnell Lewis, George Koller, and many others. Her recording projects include Come Together with Don Braden, Bass and Voice and Singing Naked with George Koller, and She Sings He Plays and Live at Statlers with Kevin Barrett. She has also done work with Decidedly Jazz Danceworks, the Toronto Tabla Ensemble, the Madison Celtic Renaissance Consort, and JazzWorks Music Camp, and she played a major role in the filming of “Amazing Voice”, Japan’s national television documentary about the diverse face of Canadian Music.
Julie is currently in pre-production of her new solo recording, reimagining the music of Lyle Lovett, with Grammy-nominated producer Mark Ruffin.
To learn more about Julie, please visit juliemichels.com