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Julia Fordham

Onetime member of Mari Wilson's backing troupe the Wilsations, English songbird Julia Fordham finally released her debut in 1988. Unimaginatively titled, Julia Fordham showed off Fordham's smoky jazz bar low, dulcet voice and contained four singles: "The Comfort of Strangers," "Woman of the 80's," her first hit "Happy Ever After," and "Where Does the Time Go" which missed the U.K. TYp 40 by the most slender margin, peaking at 41.

The following year, Porcelain consolidated her presence as a leading album artist. Produced by Hugh Padgham, Grant Mitchell, and Fordham herself, standout tracks include "Lock and Key"; tonally warm, her vocal delivery was likened to Joni Mitchell's with whom she'd be further linked in years to come). Porcelain guested Manu Katche and Pino Palladino among its high caliber lineup. More tales of hopelessness in the art of relationships were outlined in 1991's Swept, which included the excellent "I Thought It Was You," like songstress Judie Tzuke, however, Fordham found her singles too classy for mainstream radio play and so it stalled in the mid sixties of the chart. A remix of the song came closer, reaching number 45 in spring 1992.

Fortunately, Fordham did enjoy some singles success courtesy of "(Love Moves In) Mysterious Ways." Taken from the film The Butcher's Wife, it climbed to number 19, making it her biggest U.K. hit to date. Swept was quickly reissued, this time, with the song part of the process. Relocating to the States in the mid-'90s, Fordham began work on her fourth album with Larry Klein, then husband and producer of Joni Mitchell. He'd also been busy working with David Baerwald and the Innocence Mission, but thanks in part to him, Fordham's Falling Forward became another slice of technical accomplishment. Despite efforts to present her in more contemporary pop format ("Can't Help Myself" received a modest remix) the reception was mixed. In 1997, East West portrayed Fordham on the cover in the most American of things --, a yellow cab. For some reason it was granted release only in the States, a fate also bestowed on other British acts (Duran Duran and Wang Chung, to name two). Canadian guitarist/ producer Michael Brook, renowned for his film work and experimental music affiliations, handled production. A solid greatest-hits compilation released in 1999 and her last contractual effort for Virgin, the aptly titled Collection included updated versions of "Happy Ever After" and "Where Does the Time Go" as well as "Killing Me Slowly" from East West. She teamed up with Larry Klein once again during the new millennium, and a new deal with Division One/Atlantic prevailed in time for the 2002 release of Julia Fordham's sixth studio album, Concrete Love. The Vanguard label was her new home for 2004's That's Life and the live CD/DVD combo that followed, That's Live. ~ Kelvin Hayes, Rovi
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I have always loved her amazing voice and the wonderful songwriting. An unappreciate d artist if ever there was one. My Wife and I had New York to London played at our wedding, because yes Shes from London and I am from New York.
shelleyoc
did you know that julia is an artist in residence for the next two months at molly malones' in la? she is doing a julia and friends type gig...last month was amazing with Tim Booth from JAMES, Vonda Shepherd, and Judith Owen. julia's next show is THURSDAY, APRIL 5, 8-10 pm
Dannielle DeAndrea, Venice, and Jeff Young will be joining her on stage. i had such an AMAZING time! can't wait for next month!
verde041977
And here I thought my friend and I were the only ones to know of Julia
deford9
Why does Falling Forward have a graphic of a Raffi album? Weird.
aviwild1
Happy Ever After sounds a lot like Judy Collins' Send in the Clowns...
Amazing!
mstephen80
love that voice...
danashinn
Can't believe I lost track of Julia Fordham for so long.. but she's back to stay on my channel
!
elkatehar
Paul,Yes it has been twenty years since that album/casset e was made. great album
Have loved her since Porcelain...
Nice new discovery.
dwarncke6
Julia has a voice a lot like Mary Ann Redmond who is out of the Washington D.C. area
My new happy discovery ! She's got gorgeous pipes, and she's so pretty. How come she's not more known ?
tweener8292
Underrated.
she's got the smoothest voice i've ever heard !!!
Porcelain. My fav. Helps me bring back memories from a very interesting time in my life.
thank u julia for gracing us with your music..absol u t l e y fabulous...l i f e is a bit better when I listen to you
she can sing in 4 octaves, ya think? wow, what a voice!
play this artist
sartoriworld
Drove to Florida from PA...in 1989 with some friends listening to her
debut album...and haven't stopped listening to her inspiring voice since.
A real musician's vocalist. Something about
her music brings you closer to yourself.. Hugh Padgham, the top producer
gave her album great sonic quality. yes...Julia please tour in the US soon!!
tweener8292
I love her voice - unline anyone else.
Julia Fordham has simply the cleanest, most expressive quality in her voice. Her choices of songs complement her voice, and bring her to the head of the class every time.
great vocalist. seen in s.f. at club 365 a few years ago. i do wish she were more accepted because she truly is quite talented. even if she doesn't make it to more mainstream she has her following.
veeevers
Ever since "Porcelain", I have been in love with this artist and her silky voice. She has an incredible range and writes all of her own music. We had the pleasure of seeing her perform in a small club in Seattle, the Tractor Tavern, and we were blown away. Don't ever pass up the chance to see her perform.
sanfelixbaca
her voice sounds like a boy!her songs sound gosspel like!ilk i can't stand it!>:p
julia fordham has the smoothest and greatest voice i've ever heard
She's deserving of so much more: great lyrics unique style and quite a remarkable voice. A pleasure to listen too, I just wish more people knew about her - spread the word!!! :)

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