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British Singer Songwriter Julia Fordham burst into the music scene in 1988 on Virgin Records with the International hit “Happy Ever After.” Then followed her critically acclaimed album “Porcelain,”
which included the popular songs “Manhattan Skyline” and “Lock and Key.”
Julia has just completed her tenth record, China Blue, a jazz record comprised of original songs written by Julia and produced and arranged by the wonderfully talented multi-instrumentalist Grant Mitchell.
As there are so many jazz “standard” records – Julia longed to release an album of original songs. However, when she played some gigs last year adding her jazz songs to the set, Julia included a version of
Michael McDonald’s hit “I Keep Forgettin.”
Rearranged and produced for this record by Jon Gilutin (Linda Ronstadt), she was thrilled when the co-producer of this song Simon Climie (Eric Clapton, Michael McDonald), played the track to Michael.
Having always been a huge fan, Julia was delighted when immediately after hearing her rendition of his song, Michael added his remarkable voice to the track, blessing it with his rare and distinctive vocal sound.
Julia decided to re-record two songs from the Porcelain album. The newly arranged title track “China Blue,” which was only available in the UK, and “For You Only For You,” which is gloriously simple with piano, violin and Julia’s divine voice. “I Want To Stay Home With You,” from the Baby Love EP, is also included.
After a long and illustrious career selling millions of records worldwide on Virgin Records and three releases on Vanguard Records, including a live CD and accompanying DVD, Julia’s “That’s Live,” was recorded and filmed at the House of Blues in Hollywood and released in 2005.
Produced by Larry Klein (Joni Mitchell, Herbie Hancock, Madeline Peyroux), it included an all star band and featured a stunning duet on the song “Concrete Love” with Grammy Award winning artist India.Arie and trumpet player/composer (“Crash”) Mark Isham.
After the Tsunami in 2004, an old school chum of Julia’s enlisted her to remix “Happy Ever After” with the proceeds going towards rebuilding a school in Cuddalore.
Julia, along with record producer Grant Mitchell, re-recorded the song with a group of children from the Ashington School in West Sussex, UK. In February of 2007, Julia was delighted to attend the school opening in India.
Last year Julia released her most precious collection of songs as a worldwide exclusive through iTunes.
Inspired by her little girl, “Baby Love” is a six-song EP combining Julia’s jazzy, yet soulful vocal range, and her love for her daughter Marley Rose.
Julia started writing songs at 12 and began performing them in the local folk clubs at 14. In her late teens, Julia made a guest vocalist appearance with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra in London.
From that moment on, she had always hoped to record an album of original jazz standard-style songs.
The release of China Blue sees that dream coming to fruition.
China Blue is available on iTunes, CD Baby
and other on-line retailers.
A few weeks ago while we all watched in horror the destruction of homes, schools and families brought on by the earthquake in China, Julia had the idea to offer a recent live version of her song “China Blue” as a download, with all of the proceeds going towards a project called
“Half The Sky” http://halfthesky.org.
This group is dedicated to providing nurturing care for China’s orphaned children. After reading about how this organization is already helping in Sichuan by offering emergency and long-term relief in this devastated area, Julia felt compelled to get on board and support their efforts.
“China Blue (Live in Osaka)” was recorded during her Jazz trio tour of the Billboard Live venues in Japan earlier this year.
Available only in the U.S, “China Blue (Live in Osaka)” is now downloadable on MySpace at http://www.myspace.com/juliafordham.
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