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Juli Johnson is a delight! She brings such a joy and charisma to the stage with her music and vocals. She's a refreshingly original artist and you should jump at the chance to see and hear her perform.”

— Michael Bruno, Backstage with Bruno

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Juli Johnson

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Juli Johnson is a singer/songwriter from Madison, WI. Her music is filled with expressive melodies and emotional lyrics. She writes songs based on her personal experiences and relationships. If you like the sound of Olivia Rodrigo or Norah Jones you’ll enjoy Juli’s music. 

Juli began writing songs while she was in college. She studied musical theatre and French, and learned that she couldn't travel without a guitar and a notebook to write songs and poetry in. She left college with a Performing Arts degree. After doing a lot of community theatre, Juli moved to Busan, South Korea to teach English as a Foreign Language. She found herself spending the weekends on the beach with her guitar and a bottle of rice wine. Her beach time was spent soaking up sunshine and writing songs while listening to the waves on the shore. In Korea, she met a music producer from Canada and spent the next year recording both an EP (self-titled, released in 2015) and a full-length album before moving back to the United States in early 2016. After a few months of living with her sister in Pittsburg, she moved to Taiwan to teach English again. A family tragedy brought her back to the US a month later. At this point, Juli couldn’t sing without pain due to overusing her voice while teaching. She returned to her former voice teacher in Madison, who helped her rehabilitate her voice. It took about a year before she was able to sing again without pain. She released her first full length album in 2019, and followed that with a single in January 2020. Juli has enjoyed performing her original music in Madison until COVID-19 shut down the live Madison music scene in mid March, 2020. She now performs through streaming and posting videos on social media. She can't wait to perform live again when it's finally safe to do so. 

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The World Turned Upside Down.  

Covid: Who Knew?

I didn't see this coming a year ago. I was completely blindsided by it. I'm sure many artists were. My band, Fore String, played a show at a coffee house on Friday, March 13. By that Sunday night all the public things were canceled. Including everything. And the award ceremony I was planning to meet a musician friend at. It was all over. And then, one by one my gigs started getting canceled. Including my regular monthly PAID gig at a locally owned restaurant. I couldn't go back to my jobs. Luckily, one of my jobs allowed me to work from home. Which was probably the best thing about Covid, because the knee injury I had received a couple months before (due to negligence of my boss to care about workplace safety--I wasn't provided the equipment I needed to do my duties without injury) wasn't healing as a result of having to continue my work duties. My knee kept getting worse and worse. So, Covid at least kept me employed and allowed my knee time to heal (I could sit down all day like I needed to at home)! So, in a way, the Stay At Home order saved my life. I'm grateful for it!

It also killed my budding music career. It mashed it all to pieces, never to be repaired. So it seems... I should be severely depressed over here by myself, but I'm not. I have gone in and out of being severely depressed over the past year. But at the present moment I feel fine. For reals. I just came to realize that I need music more than it needs me. And I'm willing to take risks now to get it. I have always been a bit of an oxymoron. I'm so extremely shy I could crawl into the wallpaper... but I am also so extremely unreserved I can make the whole room laugh. I'm yin and yang. I'm a chameleon. I don't even know what provokes one or the other to come out and play. But it's true. I can carry secrets as well as I can scream it all from the rooftops. And this Covid hasn't changed that about me. Though, I haven't spent this much time in one mode as I seem to be this time around. I'm seemingly stuck in my shy self. I'm afraid of everything, and timid as hell. I don't want to talk to anyone, and I sure as hell don't want anyone trying to get to know me. So if I'm not talking to you right now, it's not you. I think I don't have the energy to hold a conversation like that. I keep in close touch with about 2 or 3 people and everyone else rarely hears from me. It's probably good that I live with my brother so people know I'm not alone completely. I have cats, so I'm really never alone completely. 

Anyway... I feel rather hermit like, but I don't feel bad. My live shows were taken away (for now) but won't be for forever! I'll get that back some day. And now it's time to pivot. There's a whole lot more people on the internet than there are in my town! It may be hard to break through the algorithm and get heard, but this is definitely the time to make some noise! I'm a very DIY person, and I just picked up a music production course and Logic. I'm very excited to learn how to topline and also start producing my own songs. Hopefully my releases will multiply! I haven't released a new song since last January, and it's getting old! So... so much to do! I had to start working part time, because I needed much more time than I've had. I needed serious commitment to this career. So I really need to dedicate myself to it. Like in the book "The War of Art," by Steven Pressfield, to combat resistance, you need to be a professional. I am going to turn what's always been a hobby (singing) into a career by becoming professional about it. That scares the shit out of me, but I think as long as I do it my way, and in a manner that makes my happy, I don't really have anything to fear other than not doing it. Failure is to not put my music into the world at all. Failure is not trying. Not doing. Not singing.

And just yesterday, I felt inspired to make a film. I don't know how or why... I have very little experience. I just don't know if I can make it happen. I need to write an amazing script first. But I still think it would be amazing to make a short film. With all my theater/performing/artist friends who I've known for so long and haven't made anything with for a long long time. IDK. I'm new at this... give me some time to sort it out... 

Juli Johnson Plays Paoli Mill Stage

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Paoli Mills, 6889 Canal Street, Belleville, WI. 53508

Paoli Mills Stage is nestled among the trees on the lawn of the Paoli Mill (circa 1864) between the stone Mill building and the serene Sugar River. It is a private park full of history and charm just nine miles from Madison. Come enjoy some fresh tacos and your favorite beverages under the sky on this gorgeous summer day as you listen to some happy feel good music brought to you by Juli Johnson, alternative pop singer and songwriter. Open to all ages. Free event, tips welcome.