Interview with JAZZ ONLINE in Germany

“Julia Messenger should be fighting off the offers– the dizzying force and passionate intensity of her voice, steering an unerring course between cruelty and cream, would merit the ticket price alone.”
Sue Wilson, The Scotsman

“…Julia Messenger is widely considered to be one of the most inspiring musicians to ever come out of the studios of Australia…”
Elusive disc, 2004

It hasn’t taken long for the exceptional Australian singer/songwriter and producer Julia Messenger to rapidly build a solid international name for herself. She has been consistently crowned by many in the U.S. as the ‘Queen of Chill’. Born and raised in Melbourne, Julia has spent years touring and singing all over the globe and perfecting her unique vocal style.

Her songs and productions have appeared on numerous compilations in Europe and America alongside artists such as: Norah Jones, Amy Winehouse, Moby, Bebel Gilberto, Boozoo Bajou, Nitin Sawhney, Groove Armada, Ursula Rucker, Goldfrapp, Kruder & Dorfmeister, Zero 7, Rae & Christian, Joss Stone, Basement Jaxx, Bebel Gilberto, Jamie Callum, Sarah McLachlan and Julee Cruise to name just a few.

Julia’s voice has been likened to such artists as: Sade, Dido, Norah Jones, Ursula Rucker, Lisa Gerrard, Annie Lennox, Sinead O’Connor and Donna Summer - although given the diversity of these artists, her style is her own. Her vocals have been called “sultry, sexy, superb, stunning, sweet, scorching, intense, dizzying, cream, aromatic, bewitching, exotic, exceptional, luxurious”.. and the list goes on!

In 2013 Julia toured Germany and worked alongside producer and piano accordianist maestro Manfred Leuchter. She joined him with other artists at a large outdoor concert at Burg Wilhelmstein to release the album "Carpe Momentum" . She also played Jazzkeller Krefeld for the second time, and was a special solo guest at the infamous Jazz club Kurpark Terrassen with Stefan Michalke on piano and Anton Putz on bass. Other gigs included the Kit Club in Dusseldorf where she was joined by Ian Melrose on guitar.

In 2012, Julia was invited to Helsinki to sing with Iiro Rantala on the "Midsummer NIght Train" which travelled through cities of Finland. This was telecast live throughout Europe and was an all night event.

In 2011 Julia graced European shores culminating in a show at the prestigious Beethoven Festival in Bonn. She also received a rave rewiew in the Rheinland Newspaper after a sell out show at the Jazz Cellar in Krefeld. Her tour consisted of studio work with the likes of scottish guitarist Ian Melrose (Clannad) and Manfred Leuchter (producer of Germany's top male vocalist Rheinhard May)  a.o., an interview with noteable Jazz, and performances in various cities.

In Melbourne audiences can see Julia perform at Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, and in July 2012 Julia received 2 rave reviews after 2 sell out shows at the much-touted 'Salon' at the Melbourne Recital Centre as part of the "American Songbook Series".

She was also flown to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia to perform at Jazz club Alexis for two nights in March 2012.

Throughout her career, Julia has caught the attention of many notable artists. Most recently she is working with global superstar DJ and Producer Ferry Corsten (consistently voted as one of the top 5 DJ s in the world and whose last album was #1 on the Dance Charts in the USA). Her song Black Velvet appears on his new album Twice In A Blue Moon.

She has regularly collaborated with a number of major artists - Klaus Schulze of 'Tangerine Dream' and 'Alphaville'; Massive Attack sound engineer/mixer Jeremy Allom; Henning Schmitz (Kraftwerk); Waldeck (Dope Noir, Vienna); Hans Nieswandt (Whirlpool Productions, Warner, Germany); Soul G and Tony Match (Paris); Frank Elting (previously MRI – Berlin); PFL (Hannover), Ian Melrose (Clannad ), MOD X (Paris), Moodfood (Grammy winner- USA) and Marcus Worgull. She is also currently collaborating with grammy nominee Scott Rockenfield (who is also the drummer with renowned US band Queensrÿche) writing film music.

New York Times mentioned Julia's song Look Up Look Down as one of the top 10 on the playlist for U.S. restaurants.

De:bug claimed Myamisumi, Julia's first solo 12" vinyl, as "the best vocal album ever to come out of the Cologne electronic scene”.

Julia is unique in her ability as a vocalist and songwriter to metamorphosize across genres and break boundaries into new ground. This is largely due to the fact that she has a rare talent for it, and has chosen to live her life honouring it. Because of this, she is consistently asked to collaborate with a variety of artists around the world all in the top of their field. She sings anything well from jazz, blues, soul, classical, ambient, world and all styles of electronica. She graduated with her Bachelor of Music Degree from the Melbourne Conservatorium in Opera at the top of her class. She collaborates full –time overseas from her music studio in Melbourne.

Julia is accustomed to singing all over the world. Among others, she has performed for the Handover Ceremony in Hong Kong, supported Afro Celt Sound System at the Galway music Fesitval, achieved 5 star reviews two years running at the Edinburgh Festival, toured extensively throughout Germany including the World Expo in Hannover and for more than one Grand Prix including private parties at the famous ‘BMW Pavillion’ in Munich. In 2003 she was invited to sing at speak at the New York Global Film and Music Summit. Some other venues and festivals include: Summerjam (Germany), Lovefield, Cologne Exhibition Centre (KoelnMesse), Filmhaus, Gebaude 9 (Cologne), SlamDance, S.O.M.A., Zollverein, Kumberland (Hanover), Popkomm (Germany), The Glamour Bar (Shanghai), Woodford (Australia) among others.

In the mid 2000’s whilst living and working in Germany, Julia performed with some of Germany’s top jazz artists led by renowned jazz organist Lutz Krajenski.

In 2007 Julia sang at the famous awards night for the Brownlow Medal as well as performed at the Olympic Stadium in Melbourne for the Premiership Finals Series of the NRL. She is consistently asked to sing the Australian National Anthem for the NRL including performances both in Melbourne and at the SCG and live telecast around the nation. Alongside this, she is a regular guest at the Crown Casino and at Bennetts Lane Jazz Club in Melbourne.

Julia’s songs So Complicated and And We Danced were finalists in the prestigious ISC - International Songwriting Contest.

Her self titled chillout album 'Julia Messenger', which she produced and wrote herself in 'Milk Bar' (her studio in Melbourne), was released in America in 2003 through Water Music LA/Universal records. Julia has 3 solo album releases and a third in the making with producer ModX. Her single Glitter with parisian artist ModX is currently receiving airplay on european radio.

As well as a passion for working and writing with producers all over the globe, production and writing itself is one Julia's fortes. When she is in Australia she spends most of the time in her studio either working as a singer in her own right, or writing for others.

Julia is consistent with her work and skills and is unwavering in her passion to bring quality music to her fans. She has been widely reviewed as a ‘world class-performer’.


" No doubt, this was one of the best concerts here! Excellent band and Julia Messenger with a voice to die for; beautiful control with a distinctive edge particularly when she sang her own material. The choice of songs was spot on for this venue and audience; a bit of Kurt Weil, Roberta Flack, Janis Joplin and Sting. The Edith Piaf items were stunning - and I have heard so many  versions over the years that it takes someone special to make a well worn song like "La Vie en Rose" really fresh again. Would we have Julia back again?  You bet!”

Ken Cameron
Manager, Hamilton PAC, 2013


"On February 22nd 2013 the singer songwriter Julia Messenger performed at the inaugural Jazz at Montsalvat.
At every step of the way while preparing for her performance, Julia was a consummate professional. She answered queries promptly, attended meetings on time and provided material for marketing purposes. She made herself available for all media enquiries. She also mounted her own marketing campaign via social networking and other available avenues.
Julia drew a great crowd. The concert was a sellout and most importantly her performance was flawless. Spellbinding. Audience feedback has been excellent and we will be very happy for her to perform here again.
I cannot recommend Julia Messenger to you highly enough.
If you have any further enquiries regarding this testimonial please contact me by phone (Tuesday to Friday) or by email.

Yours sincerely,

Jeannette Davison
Arts Manager
(03) 9439 7712"

"Julia Messenger performed at our annual International Women’s Day Gala Dinner. Julia was a delight to work with and an amazing performer. Her seamless voice had the crowd captivated and we have had such positive feedback from our guests on what a wonderful performer Julia is.  We look forward to hearing Julia perform again in the future.  Thanks for being such a positive part of this very important event that celebrates the achievements of women in the public sector. "



Stefanie Pellegrino
Institute of Public Administration Australia