The Pace Report

Season 2011 Episode 08.20.11

The Pace Report: "Julie Is New Again" The Julie Dexter Interview

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British soul and jazz vocalist Julie Dexter is back with a new recording “New Again,” her first to be released in six years, on the Ketch A Vibe label. Produced by Steve Maestro, the disc is a mix of Julie’s diverse range of soul, jazz, world music, and reggae. Dexter’s been on the cutting edge of independent soul and has built a tremendous following here in the states. Her added success is so widespread due President Barack Obama’s last presidential campaign when they used Julie’s song “Ketch a Vibe” from her debut disc “Dexterity.” Although she’s a well-known vocalist, it took her many years to achieve the success she’s earned and deserved in her short span of over a little of a decade. The Birmingham, England born and bred musician is a classically trained violinist and clarinetist. Before she took to singing, her musical influences ranges from Bob Marley to Nancy Wilson to Sade. At 18 she move to London where she attended Middlesex University and earned her degree in Music Communications. While in college she studied a semester here in the state at Radford University where she took a class in jazz vocals. From then, Julie has been hooked ever since. It then when she developed a style of improvisation and her voice thats unique to her music today. While attending college she met and hooked up a musician named Jason Yard who had a group call the Jazz Warriors which later became Tomorrow’s Warriors. The group toured internationally and gave developed her musical chops as well as gain some exposure as an up-and-coming vocalist. It was on one of her tours of the states where she performed and fell in love with Atlanta, Georgia; where she’s resided for almost 15 years. In that time, Julie has took on a life of her own as well enjoyed the fruits of coming a mother and a U.S. citizen. “New Again” is material that showcases where Julie is currently in her professional, personamoreless

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