“..listening to Julie Dexter is like falling in love..”
”Sensational yet subtle. A singer to die for who creates an urgent need for superlatives yet to be invented.”
Meet Julie Dexter, a world renowned, award winning, British vocalist considered by many to be one of the most influential female vocalists of our generation. Having shared the spotlight with a host of cutting-edge artists, including Mint Condition, Jill Scott, Bilal, Omar, Loose Ends, Rachelle Ferrell, Ledisi, Eric Roberson and Raheem DeVaughn to name a few, Julie not only holds up her own with them but has been praised and respected by them too. Born and raised in Birmingham, England, this classically trained artist composes and arranges her own music.
Influenced by legends such as Nancy Wilson, Abbey Lincoln, and Bob Marley, as well as popular icons Omar and Sade, Julie takes classic soul to the heart of Artistry. Fans and critics across the globe have followed her journey through the circles of Jazz, Broken-Beat, Bossa-Nova, Reggae, Afro-Beat and Soul. Her dynamic voice was first heard in 1994 on “The Jamaican Beat” Vol 1 with Jazz Jamaica then later in 1997 on Dune Records’ release of J-Life, a European Jazz quintet formed by Gary Crosby and led by Jason Yarde.
She later toured several continents with Jazz legend Courtney Pine as the lead vocalist for his ensemble. It was in 1999 that Julie took a leap of faith and moved to Atlanta, Georgia where she now resides. She launched her own label, Ketch A Vibe Records and in 2000 released the critically acclaimed EP Peace of Mind, followed by Dexterity (2002) , and Conscious (2005). Moon Bossa, a collaboration with Khari Simmons was released in 2007 and her single “Ketch A Vibe” was featured in national radio ads for Democratic Presidential Candidate Senator Barack Obama. From Jazz to World Music, Soul and beyond, Julie Dexter is one of an elite few whose talent can transcend genres. She makes it all work on her own terms, as an audaciously independent artist with an undeniable connection to her audience.
She is currently promoting her latest project produced by Chicago’s own Producer/DJ Steve “Miggedy” Maestro entitled ‘New Again”. Don’t miss the experience of Julie Dexter. Be a part of a tradition of great music. In the words of her smash single ‘Ketch A Vibe’, ‘Don’t let it pass you by…Ketch [Julie Dexter’s] Vibe’…
Julie Dexter youtube links
JULIE DEXTER AT JAZZ REFRESHED
JULIE DEXTER PERFORMS LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS
JULIE DEXTER SINGS INNER CITY BLUES
1. Top three (or more) tips for new and emerging talent to stay afloat and last long term.
1 – Be YOU , always do YOU and you will stand out. No 2 people have lived the exact same lives, listened to the exact same music, walked the exact same path doing the exact same things so really you shouldn’t have 2 Artists that sound exactly alike but as we all know these days you cant tell one Artist from another because they all sound the same and are all imitating the same people, you can be influenced by other Artists but ultimately it’s how you interpret what inspires you about them what will separate you from the rest
2- Listen to as many different styles of music , as many different Artists as possible, keep your mind open, there is so much good music out there, much of it you will never hear unless you seek it out yourself. The internet is a great resource for that. Di-sect/arrange your favourite songs, transcribe them musically and lyrically, figure out what makes it a great song to you, is it the melody, the chord structure, the complexity of it or the simplicity of it, by doing this you are already prepping yourself to write your own music
3 – shameless self promotion, social networking, facebook, twitter, website…etc is essential if you want to stay in this game and want to increase your fan base, its actually the most cost effective way in this day and age, time consuming yes but its worth it because you have the potential to connect with people all around the world
4 – surround yourself with the right people, people who you KNOW for sure have your back and not other ulterior motives. They are not always recognisable from the jump but your gut should tell you if they are good people or not
2. What has been one of the toughest music related experiences you’ve faced?
My manager passing away
3. How did you get through or deal with it?
A very supportive group of friends and family lifted me up at the time.
4. What did you learn?
Even if you want to entrust someone with your life/career to guide and direct you on the right path, never put your whole life in their hands without knowing yourself all the details of what is going on in your career as it is YOUR life at the end of the day.
Keep/get the contact info of the promoter, venue, of any shows you do and make sure you have access to your mailing lists/fans, don’t just put it all in someone else’s hands because you never know what could happen in the future and that’s YOUR database at the end of the day.
Keep/get copies of all the contracts you sign, Keep/get all contact info for everybody who has something to do with your life!! I literally had to start all over again when he passed in terms of building up my contacts/connections. I was paralysed, I had done all this work, toured up and down the country, grown a large fan-base and had no way of reconnecting with them because my Manager had all the contacts and I was unable to get access to them after he passed. It actually made me become even more independent; my own boss so to speak because I didn’t want that to happen to me ever again.
5. What music / entertainment related book, Blog, film or documentary would you recommend to inspire someone and why?
Divided Soul about Marvin Gaye and the Miles Davis autobiography (Ian Carr). Pretty much most of the biographies about Artists that I have read have inspired me because you realise these people whom we admire have faced and overcome the same struggles if not worse that we face today as Artists. Different times but the struggle continues. It makes you have a whole other level of appreciation and understanding of their journey because no 2 peoples paths are exactly the same and that’s what makes us all different