“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
Pridefest's Wom!nz Spot 2019!
We are so excited to invite you to our 2019 stage lineup! We are a double stage on the southernmost portion of the Pridefest grounds, featuring female-fronted and non-binary lead artistry of all types. This year we are proud to donate half of all bar tips to Walker's Point Youth & Family Center! 12:30-2p on the Lounge Stage - Emerging Artist Showcase with performances by: - 90's Dreamboy - Juli Johnson - Bard on Campus
Tunes and Tales
Get to know the local Madison-area talent as featured artists perform their original songs and share their stories about the music. Hosted by Jourdan Hines Music, it'll be a great afternoon filled with tasty tunes and refreshing brews by the Parched Eagle Taproom. Free event.
Juli Johnson is a singer/songwriter from Madison, WI. Her music is acoustic, filled with expressive melodies and emotional lyrics. She writes songs based on her personal experiences and relationships. Her style is similar to alternative pop. If you like the sound of Nora Jones or the voice of Tracy Chapman 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 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. Then she met a music producer from Canada and spent the next year recording both an EP 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 Pittsburgh, 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 with out pain due to overusing her voice while teaching. She returned to her former voice teacher in Madison, who helped her rehabilitate her vocal ability. It took about a year before she was able to sing without pain. Meanwhile, she stopped writing songs because not being able to sing made her very sad.
After being completely miserable from not being able to sing, Juli decided to stop being miserable. She started studying music business and forced herself to sit alone quietly long enough to write songs. Eventually, with the help of her voice teacher, and a lot of hard work, her voice returned to normal and she was singing every day again, without pain! Currently, Juli is working on writing her first musical, and also performs her original music in Madison.