Julie Kember

Feet on the ground…heart on her sleeve

After an eventful year writing, collaborating and performing around Australia and Nashville, indie-alt country singer/songwriter Julie Kember is back home in Western Australia with stories to tell and a swag of new songs.

Julie recently attended an official thankyou function held by the Forces Entertainment Team in NSW to pay tribute to her and fellow performers who travelled to Afghanistan and the Solomon Islands to entertain the troops. The special night was celebrated alongside Little Pattie, Amber Laurence, Gretel Killeen, Hayley Jensen and many others.

Travelling to Afghanistan and the Solomon Islands to perform was a life changing experience for Julie who will always be grateful to the men and women of the Australian Defence Force for making it possible.

Fresh from performing at the Boyup Brook Country Music Festival and Nannup Festival, Julie and bandmates John Retter and Pat O'Conner are not planning to slow down anytime soon as they prepare to promote Julie's new single "Gypsy Woman".

In October 2015, Julie travelled to Nashville USA to perform at the Americana Festival Sister City Jam through Sounds Australia. Singing alongside Golden Guitar winner Alan Caswell, she was tagged by the press as the "Mystery Woman".

During her stay in Nashville, Julie had the opportunity to work with accomplished producer Matt Coles (Don Henley, Kelly Clarkson, Dolly Parton) and renowned musicians Jimmy Lee Sloas (bass), Michael Rojas (piano/organ), Sol Philcox (electric guitar) and Justin Schipper (steel/dobro). Together they travelled to Shannon Forrest's studio in Tennessee and the magic happened.

"Gypsy Woman", penned by Julie, is the first single to emerge from the experience. The raw, soulful lyrics are a reflection of Julie's wandering lifestyle.

The tracks originally laid down by band mates John Retter (drums, percussion, harp) and Pat O'Connor (bass) were recorded by Bunbury producers James Newhouse and Bryan Retter at Real2Reel studio in Western Australia.

"Gypsy Woman" then made its way to Nashville where highly talented pedal steel player Justin Schipper (Carrie Underwood, Shania Twain, Lady Antebellum) brought the song to life.

Julie's debut album "Sugar and Stone" in 2009 yielded three hit singles - "Crazy", "Take Me Away" and "Strongest Girl in the World", a resonant rock pop gem that became the sound track for hit television show "Heroes".

Julie's heart stopping musical persona comprised of equal parts raw vulnerability and uncompromising vocal power has seen her likened to a string of rock pop divas including Alanis Morissette, Chrissie Amphlett and Missy Higgins.

Although she belongs squarely in this select company, she is absolutely her own girl. While her heart and soul are grounded in Americana, she's a confident musical chameleon and an accomplished writer and performer across a raft of genres.

Her career milestones include first single "Crazy" reaching #2 on the indie charts in 2009, being in the top five of the Oz Music Awards in the same year and co-writing soundtrack songs for the film "The Tragedy of Macbeth".

Contact -

Bunbury Entertainment Agency

Phone: 08 9795 4328

Email: info@bunburyentertainmentagency.com.au