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    Julie Reeves

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    Most Popular Songs (more)

    1Trouble Is a Woman lyrics
    2What I Need lyrics
    3You Were a Mountain lyrics
    4All Or Nothing lyrics
    5Do You Think About Me lyrics
    6What You Get Is What You See lyrics
    7Party Down lyrics
    8He Keeps Me in One Piece lyrics
    9It's About Time lyrics
    10If Heartaches Had Wings lyrics

    Most Popular Albums (more)

    1It's About Time [1999]


    Julie Reeves has a pure country voice, a sultry alto that conveys
    power and conviction, as well as a depth that belies her 24 years
    of age.

    "I want who I am to come through when I sing," Julie explains.
    "I want people to say, 'I relate to her.' I want people to feel
    something. Nothing means more to me than when someone comes
    up after a show and says, 'You gave me chills.' I want to reach out
    to people through my music."

    Julie, who was born and raised in Ashland, Kentucky, the same small
    town in the Northeast corner of the state that gave the world The
    Judds, comes by her passion for singing naturally. In fact, she hails
    from coal-mining country that's so rich in honky-tonk singers that the
    Kentucky legislature renamed U.S. 23, the stretch of highway that
    runs through that portion of the state, "The Country Music Highway."

    "Dwight Yoakam, Keith Whitley, Loretta Lynn, Ricky Skaggs,
    Patty Loveless, Earl Thomas Conley -- a lot of singers come from
    up there," beams Julie. "And every so many miles there's a sign up
    with one of their names on it."

    Not only that, she says, "every one of those singers has a certain
    sound. They all have this accent, this catch in their voice. You just
    know it when you hear it-at least I do, because I'm from there."

    This quality -- this soulfulness, for lack of a better word-often comes
    from growing up around music and learning to sing at an early age.
    Julie, whose grandmother and mother sang in church, and whose
    father fiddled around with the dobro and guitar, says that she
    can't remember a time when she wasn't singing.

    "Every day I'd come home from school, pop in a tape, and sing my
    heart out," she says. "I'd sing into my hairbrush like I was onstage.
    I'd sing until I just wore myself out."

    While she was in high school, Julie, her mother, and long-time family
    friend Danny Craig sang at county fairs and festivals in and around
    Ashland. Then, encouraged by Keith Whitleys sister to try their luck
    in Music City, the trio moved to Nashville in 1994. Things didn't work
    out as planned, and the group called it quits. Julie, however, stayed
    in Nashville and sang demos; she also began working with a broader
    palette of musical styles than she had as part of the trio.

    Julie's tastes had always ranged beyond the bluegrass, honky-tonk,
    and Southern gospel that she heard as a young girl. In addition to
    Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, and Tanya Tucker, she also loved
    the pop and soulinfluenced records of Linda Ronstadt, Tina Turner,
    and Whitney Houston. What unites all of these singers, besides chops,
    she insists, is attitude: Each of these women conveys a strong sense
    of herself through her music.

    Which is precisely the sense one gets from listening to It's About
    Time, Julie's debut for Virgin Records Nashville. The album, the
    label's inaugural release, is more than just a showcase for Julie's
    powerfully emotive singing; it also reveals her effortless command
    of traditional and contemporary sensibilities, as well as the ease
    with which she blends them.

    Take the sassy "Trouble is a Woman," a juking country-rocker that
    evokes Emmylou Harris circa 1975. Or "If Heartaches Had Wings,"
    a wrenching mountain ballad that shows off Julie's Appalachian roots,
    albeit with a distinctly '90s edge. The album's title track, a half-
    spoken half-sung meditation on the meaning of intimacy, has a
    mile-wide radio-ready groove, while "If I'd Never Loved You," a
    soaring, fiddle-and-steel-flecked ballad, proves just how far Julie
    is willing to reach inside herself to plumb the depths of a lyric.

    Much of 16 About Time finds Julie exploring the nature of
    relationships. On such barnburners as "All Or Nothing" and "What
    You Get is What You See," she states in no uncertain terms what she
    expects of a man. On "What I Need," a mandolin and steel guitar
    reverie that's sure be one of the album's singles, she conveys
    tenderness and longing without resorting to sentimentality.

    Julie's ability to convey such emotion, and to do so with a mix of
    youthfulness and maturity, is what induced Virgin Records Nashville
    President and CEO Scott Hendricks -- a noted producer who has
    worked with the likes of Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn, and Faith
    Hill-to sign and produce her in the first place.

    "Julie's voice has a richness in quality that makes you believe every
    word she sings," says Hendricks. "She's what people call a singer's
    singer. There are a lot of good singers, but what sets Julie apart is
    her ability to interpret the songs.

    Even though Julie, since moving to Nashville, has put plenty of
    miles between herself and her native Appalachia, she's still mindful
    of her down-home roots. She counts her late grandmother, a
    spirited woman who wanted to pursue a career in music but didn't
    know how-although she did sing on radio-as a primary influence.
    Julie is also thrilled that her mother appears on three songs on lt's
    About Time, and that she might tour with her. "It's so cool," says
    Julie, referring to singing with her mother. "Our voices blend so well
    that sometimes you can't tell who's singing what."

    Working with her mom is but one example of how Julie embraces
    tradition even as she sets her sights on her more commercial career
    goals. "If you want to stick around in this business," she muses, "then
    I think it's important that you put tradition at the center of what
    you're about."

    "And yet at the same time," she adds, "as much as I love the old
    music, I didn't want to go that route. I didn't want to be some kind
    of replica or imitation. I wanted to keep my sound rooted in
    tradition, but I also wanted to be able to work with that and do
    something that's more modern and mainstream."

    Is It's About Time attests, Julie has done just that. An auspicious
    debut, one suspects that it won't be long before there's a sign along
    Highway 23 with Julie Reeves' name on it.

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