“Juli Johnson is a delight! She brings such 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
Genre: Alternative Pop
Sounds like: Nora Jones
Juli Johnson is a singer/songwriter from Madison, WI. Her music is alternative pop, filled with expressive melodies and emotional lyrics. She writes songs based on her personal experiences and relationships. If you like the sound of Nora Jones, Billie Eilish, Amy Winehouse, and 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 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 vocal ability. It took about a year before she was able to sing without pain. It was a difficult time, and she struggled with depression. 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! Juli has been performing her original music in Madison ever since! At least until COVID-19 shut down the Madison music scene 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.