Honing her chameleon craft over 3 decades, Julie has sung Joan of Arc to Leonard Cohen's flame. On three tours of duty, Julie was a proud part of sharing Leonard's music with the world. She's also sung with Steve Wynn, John Doe, Exene Cervenka, Lou Reed, and Van Dyke Parks. With Chris D., she headed up post-punk rockers Divine Horsemen. Others utilizing Julie's kaleidoscope talents have been as far-flung as Iggy Pop, PiL, Robben Ford, and k.d. lang.
Her two acclaimed independent Stone Cupid albums are a soulful hybrid of jazz and folk. Two new ones are now out. simultaneously. One is "Where the Fireworks Are"-- the poetry of emotion and politics and the other is "Something Familiar", a collection of standards, ballads, and blues. Contributors include Santa Barbara's Headless Household, noted drummers Kenny Wollesen and Jeff Ballard, and Karen Hammack, who is also a mainstay of the Stone Cupid musical collective.
Along with Perla Batalla, Christensen has been a featured member of the Leonard Cohen song projects produced by Hal Willner on which the documentary film "Leonard Cohen I'm Your Man" was partly based. In October 2006, Julie again participated, performing a fiery Joan of Arc with Lou Reed (reprised at his show in Santa Barbara in November.)
"Julie Christensen is one of the truer singers youll ever hear straight up, no mannerisms, perfect taste...She's got an engraver's way of etching/buffing a lyric. Listen to...her piercing new Something Familiar, and recognize how she could sing with both Leonard Cohen and Chris D."
(Greg Burk) L.A. WEEKLY
"From the heart-wrenching title track, which serves up an aching does of harsh reality, to the cascading piano that drives the plaintive Something Pretty, Where the Fireworks Are is a collection of songs spanning the emotional spectrum. It provides an evocative musical chariot for Christensen to weave her vocal magic." (Brett Leigh-Dicks) VC REPORTER