Acclaimed bombshell songstress Julia Haltigan embodies New York. She grew up on NYC’s Lower East Side when it oozed a heady mix of danger, possibility, and art. Julia emerged from it all a sensitive badass who rides vintage Triumph motorcycles and sings primal rock n’ roll with smoldering expressivity.
It has been only fitting Jameson Whiskey selected Julia for their music program representing various U.S. cities. The appointment made Julia consider her surroundings, and pen the quintessential Julia Haltigan New York musical statement. Today, she announces a series of singles that pay tribute to the street-tough poetics and gritty rock n’ roll of Big Apple icons like Television, Blondie, Suicide, Lou Reed, and, even, Beastie Boys. Her upcoming singles are produced by native New Yorker Andrew Raposo with one track produced by TV On The Radio’s Dave Sitek.
There is hollowness and grit that epitomizes New York rock n’ roll. The music is lean, soulful, jittery, and overflowing with vulnerability and juicy tales told with literate flair. Julia’s to-be-released collection of songs captures this vibe with an artist-in-her-natural-habitat panache. The songs were tracked in true New York fashion, during freewheeling sessions that featured a host of old friends with accomplished careers. Producer Andrew Raposo is a high school-era buddy of Julia, and he is a former member of hip-hop-influenced acts Automato and Gaijin. Currently, he is a member of dark indie-disco act Midnight Magic. TV On The Radio’s Dave Sitek produced Julia when she worked with Scarlett Johansson & Kendra Morris in the band Sugar for Sugar, and, here, he makes a cameo to produce the single “Bad Habits.”
Julia has toured extensively through the US, and throughout the UK and Ireland. She has performed as a part of the Varvatos Music Series, filling the store over capacity leaving a line around the block, and live on tastemaking radio personality Vin Scelsa's show Idiot's Delight. She also shared the stage with such venerated names as Judy Collins, Shannon Shaw, Steve Earle, Cory Chisel, Norah Jones, Montgomery Gentry, Rhett Miller, Nicole Atkins & Mike Scott of the Waterboys (whom she co-wrote her song How To Make A Broken heart with) among others. These days, she is part of the Jameson Whisky artist roster alongside Shannon Shaw (of the Clams), Robert Ellis, Katie Schecter, Ayron Jones, Twelve’Len, Kami, Cedrice, and Wes Watkins.
Outside of her solo career, Julia moonlights as the slinky Jessica Rabbit-inspired jazz crooner “Vivian Fairchild” in the off-Broadway hit Sleep No More. She is also a member of the fizzy pop band The Singles, alongside her buddies Scarlett Johansson, Kendra Morris and Holly Miranda. They released singles "Candy" and a cover of “Bizarre Love Triangle” for AMFARs The Time Is Now compilation. She’s had songs featured in shows such as Bloodline and recently, made an acting cameo in HBO’s hit series The Deuce—look for her in an episode during the show’s third and final season. When not onstage or in the studio, Julia can be found straddling a 1970 Triumph Bonneville.