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"Biel presents another hauntingly enigmatic collection of mostly self-penned songs of an exceptional drama, breadth and craft... Biel's voice is unfailingly beautiful in tone thoroughout."


“the best British vocalist to emerge in an age”


“A voice of supreme subtlety and honeyed depth. Her mesmerising voice and magnetic stage presence should encourage many to follow where she leads..”


“One of the most interesting artists in the UK at the moment, stylistically somewhere between a jazz singer, Radiohead, Bjork and Amy Winehouse... a mixture of a lot of amazing things, and fresh, exciting and very accessible at the same time.”


“her songwriting is extremely sound but it’s her vocal style that’s truly arresting. Neither gutsy nor pretty-pretty, hers is a voice which can shift from a chorister-like purity to a breathy rasp within a couple of songs, with a delivery that manages to encompass everything from optimism to an offhand world-weariness.”


“I truly realised what a highly accomplished instrumentalist she has become. The quality of Biel’s voice and of her songwriting shone through - a very impressive performance from Biel and her colleagues.”


"Despite critical attempts to compare her with everyone from Norah Jones to Bjork, Julia Biel has her own style… formidably accurate in both pitch and rhythm and beautifully controlled."



‘JULIA BIEL’, self-titled third album, is released 9th February 2018...

Frequently compared with the great heavyweights of jazz Nina Simone and Billie Holiday for the individuality and emotional impact of her vocal as well as for the depth and timelessness of her songwriting, Julia Biel artfully combines her love of jazz harmony with a poetic lyrical quality displaying a sharp perspective on life and love and a distinctive melodic flair. The third album from this unique British artist to be released on her Rokit Records imprint, her new work is highly anticipated following the success of the stunning second album ‘Love Letters and Other Missiles’ which led to a MOBO Award nomination in the Jazz Category and also served as the catalyst for an exceptionally busy touring schedule and on-going international career with her compact 3-piece band performing headline shows at countless major Jazz Festivals, clubs and theatres right across Europe and beyond. Julia and her band were among the 2015 Made in the UK artists at Rochester International Jazz Festival, U.S.A. and she headlined/closed the Penang Island Jazz Festival in Malaysia at the end of the same year.


After being on the road seemingly constantly, Julia and her musicians were able to reach new heights of intuitive collaboration and the resulting album showcases her coming into her own on record as an instrumentalist in her own right, providing the perfect self-accompaniment to support her distinctively fluid vocal through her songs’ twists and turns and leading the band’s interplay. 'Julia Biel' is an album that looks set to become a major milestone in a solo career that has already seen Julia achieve so much.

2015 MOBO Awards, Jazz category nominee
2015 Urban Music Awards, Jazz category nominee
2006 BBC Jazz Awards, Rising Star category nominee
2000 Perrier Jazz Awards, winner ‘Best Jazz Vocalist’

Other past and current credits include guest featured vocals with the twice Mercury Prize nominated cult post-jazz group POLAR BEAR on two of their albums, two underground EDM hits with Ben Watt of ‘Everything But the Girl’ fame (‘Bright Star’ and ‘Guinea Pig’ out on Buzzin’ Fly), guest vocals with Hidden Orchestra (Tru Thoughts) and her on-going membership of semi-legendary reggae/afrobeat/jazz group Soothsayers (WahWah 45s).

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Julia Biel vocals/piano/guitar/songwriter
Idris Rahman bass/bvs
Ayo Salawu drums
Rob Updegraff lead guitar


16 January: UK, interview and feature on Jamie Cullum's BBC Radio 2 show
3 February: UK, live session on BBC Radio 4's Loose Ends
12 February: GERMANY, live appearance on ZDF MorgenMagazin, Berlin (Breakfast TV show)
12 February: GERMANY, 'Album of the Week', SWR2
1 March: UK, London, Jazz Café, 'Simon Says' (WahWah45s Fundraiser)
15 March: UK, London, Streatham Space Project
19 March: GERMANY, Women in Emotion Festival, Bremen
26 April: GERMANY, Dresden, Jazzclub Tonne
27 April: GERMANY, Berlin, Club Auster (Date TBC)
28 April: GERMANY, Stuttgart, BIX
5 May: GERMANY, Bonn, Jazzfest Bonn

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Julia Biel gratefully acknowledges funding support from the PRS Music Foundation ‘Women Make Music’ fund.

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