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Julia Haltigan

Air Date: 05-01-16

Acclaimed bombshell songstress Julia Haltigan came up on the Lower East Side of New York City when it oozed a heady mix of danger, possibility and art. She made meaning of the painful complexities of her parents’ split, her father’s incarceration, and a freewheeling life of parties and a revolving cast of street characters.

Julia emerged from it all a sensitive badass who rides vintage Triumph motorcycles and sings primal rock n’ roll with smoldering expressivity. Julia’s signature artistry evokes Bridget Bardot, Maryanne Faithful, Iggy Pop, Debbie Harry, and Lou Reed.

Her latest EP is a masterful collection, teeming with themes of heartache, images of broken bones, car chases, and nostalgia. Stunners in this set include the gritty swagger of the T. Rex-like “Money,” the 1960s James Bond ballad-esque “Burning Bridges & Breaking Hearts,” and the sleek and smoky “How To Make A Broken Heart,” co-written with songwriting legend Mike Scott of The Waterboys.

Julia has performed as a part of the Varvatos Music Series, filling the store over capacity leaving a line around the block, and live on tastemaking radio personality Vin Scelsa's show Idiot's Delight. She’s also shared the stage with such venerated names as Judy Collins, Steve Earle, Norah Jones, Montgomery Gentry, Rhett Miller, Nicole Atkins, and Holly Miranda, among others.

Outside of her solo career, she moonlights as the slinky Jessica Rabbit inspired jazz crooner ‘Vivian Fairchild’ in the off-Broadway hit “Sleep No More.” She also performs in the fizzy pop band The Singles, alongside her buddies Scarlett Johansson, Kendra Morris and Holly Miranda. When not onstage or in the studio, Julia’s straddling a 1970 Triumph Bonneville.
Julia emerged from it all a sensitive badass who rides vintage Triumph motorcycles and sings primal rock n’ roll with smoldering expressivity. Julia’s signature artistry evokes Bridget Bardot, Maryanne Faithful, Iggy Pop, Debbie Harry, and Lou Reed.

Born just off the Bowery and raised on the infamous Ludlow Street, Julia Haltigan is bold and unremitting. She’s a rare native New Yorker that can be found haunting the streets of a long lost grungy Empire City. Interview Magazine agrees, saying “Julia Haltigan’s timeless voice, look and persona make her something of a period piece. Her effervescent performances are also known to entrance entire crowds”. Julia spent her childhood going to rooftop parties at the Chelsea Hotel with her dad and spending her days at the iconic Sixth Street Specials motorcycle shop where she learned to ride before most people learned to drive. Its these unique experiences growing up in NY in the ‘80’s that make up the core of the young artist she is today.

Sultry and provocative with a hard edge, Julia’s music draws influences from artists across the board. Nancy Sinatra meets Joan Jett wrapped in a Bridgette Bardot package. Her music shares her experiences through unrelenting love songs full of nostalgic imagery and uncompromising strength. With a firm sense of freedom and empowerment, her songs take you on a fast ride cruising down winding roads in the heat of July. You can see the way to her heart but its wrapped in a barbed wire fence.

Her critically acclaimed 2012 album “My Green Heart” was followed up by her EP “Magneto”. The success of these two albums earned her a spot performing in the ASCAP Millenium showcase at the Kennedy Center. Her life-long love affair with motorcycles drew the attention of Discovery Channel’s producers who featured her on the hit show “Cafe Racer”. Julia stole the show at Chicago’s Motoblot festival, toured with The Waterboys and sang alongside Justin Townes Earle on the David Letterman Show. She’s opened for musical icons like Judy Collins and Steve Earle and has also shared the stage with Norah Jones, Montgomery Gentry, Gegory Alan Isokov, The Bogmen, Rhett Miller, Nicole Atkins, Jack Antonoff, Lonnie Holley, Cory Chisel and more.

In addition to her solo project, Julia has teamed up with Scarlett Johansson, Kendra Morris and Holly Miranda to form “the Singles” who were produced by TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek. Julia has also been moonlighting as the slinky Jessica Rabbit inspired jazz crooner ‘Vivian Fairchild’ in the off-Broadway hit “Sleep No More”.

Full of raw talent Julia is paving her own way in the music world, bringing fans onboard by defining who she is and not being defined by the moment.