NEWLY REMASTERED AND REPACKAGED as of January 2004! Album Description: a ride through the Great Plains landscape of Julie's stone cupid soul, evoking the influences of Joni Mitchell, Aretha Franklin, Dinah Washington, Joe Williams, Bruce Hornsby, Shawn Colvin, Jane Siberry, sweet 1970's soul and Americana.
She and Stone Cupid have a newer CD also available here at CD Baby! It is under the collective's moniker stone cupid and is a swell followup to "love is driving" called "Soul Driver" available soon here on CD Baby About the Artist
Julie has had the blues and jazz in her ears and soul and voice for a long time.
Long before her two backup singing stints with Leonard Cohen in 1988 and 1993.
Before and during the years of alternative post-punk band Divine Horsemen, which she fronted with Chris D from 1983 to 1987, putting out four albums on SST.
Before, during, and since the recordings and live sessions with Cohen, Van Dyke Parks, Exene Cervenka, John Doe, Steve Wynn, Osamu Kitajima, k.d.lang, Robben Ford and others.
Blues and jazz and other roots music are conjured up on Julie's gigs alongside her evocative original songs and blended into them.
In her five years in the Austin, Texas scene, members of many of the town's luminary bands and touring musicians showed up for her weekly jazz/blues gigs and mounted the stage to blow tunes.
Then, Julie moved to LA in the early 1980's.
There, she was one of the early purveyors of jazz and blues to the post-punk boho crowd,playing venues like Cathay de Grande, Lhasa Club, Cafe Largo, and the Music Machine on bills with spoken word and acoustic spinoffs of bands like X, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Blasters, & Oingo Boingo.
She would be seen in glamorous gowns with virtuoso musicians like Henry Butler.
Julie has opened theater concerts for acts as diverse as Nick Cave, Todd Rundgren, Michael McDonald, Luka Bloom, Jeff Buckley, & Doug Sahm.
She plays L.A. every so often, preferring to be at home in the mountains of Southern California and singing in the Ventura and Santa Barbara areas, involved in Headless Household, shows with Jonathan McEuen, and longtime Leonard Cohen cohort Perla Batalla,as well as her own shows at Zoey's and other haunts.
Julie performed off-Broadway in the winter of 1997 in New York's East Village at Joseph Papp's Public Theater as Slue Foot Sue, Pecos Bill's doomed wife in Sam Shepard's Sad Lament of Pecos Bill on the Eve of Killing His Wifeto solid reviews and full houses.
In the summer of 1999, Julie did a run as "Rosie" in Shepard's Simpatico at the Florida Shakespeare Theater in Miami.
Her husband John Diehl played "Vinnie".
Band Members: Stone Cupid's Collective of wonderful well-seasoned musicians include Karen Hammack on piano and vocals, Cliff Hugo and Chris Symer on acoustic and electric basses, Jim Christie and James Cruce on drums, guitarists Greg Leisz, Robben Ford, Jonathan McEuen, and Stevie Gurr, and trumpeter Lee Thornburg.
--Chris Willman, L.A. TIMES "An inspired songwriter, Christensen has everything it might take to revive the torch song tradition among the rock crowd."
--John Payne, L.A.WEEKLY "Julie Christensen is a singer who makes that oft-endeavored and seldomly accomplished thing--working a pop-jazz sensibility in a rock context--as natural as air.
It has to do with Julie's style and smarts, of course, which she displays in a range from angelic folky charm to truly badass bluesy wails and growls.
But it's Julie's soul that shines through in any setting--it's as if she really means what she's singing, and that's no small thing.
A stalwart on the L.A. scene, the tall, striking blonde is quite the eclectic; as you might figure from one who's worked sessions with the likes of Iggy Pop, Van Dyke Parks and Leonard Cohen; although she recorded four albums with the supremely intense Divine Horsemen, it's been her work with Leonard Cohen that has brought her the most recent acclaim.
(Look for her vocal duet with Cohen on "Joan of Arc" on his Cohen Live album.) Not content with all of this, it seems that Christensen's a gifted songwriter as well, and always sports some of the best players in town to back her up.
Now check out one of the loveliest, purest voices in contemporary music, right here in L.A." --David Avery, CMJ "Decked out in a chiffon party dress, white gloves, and a string of pearls, Christensen composes, produces, and interprets songs that blend jazz, blues, folk and pop elements.
She has one foot in Maria Muldaur's camp and the other in Aretha Franklin's, with an eye fixed on a martini lounge.