Julia Othmer is known for the intensity of her stage presence and dynamic performances. Passionate and engaging, Othmer creates an intimate warmth with her audiences. She tours internationally and has shared the stage with a range of artists including Emmylou Harris, The Alarm, Sarah McLachlan, and Regina Spektor.
Using music to connect to people and social issues inspires Othmer’s work. Recent projects include Songs of September, a 30-day online voter registration drive concert series resulting in Seeds, Volume 1 - a listener-curated collection of her live piano-driven performances of songs of change, protest and hope. Seeds, Volume 2 was released on the spring equinox - March 20, 2021.
Her studio recordings, in collaboration with partner James Lundie, feature re-imagined vintage and bespoke equipment, creating unique soundscapes. Their debut album SOUND “sounds so good” writes Elmore Magazine, with its “stunningly sophisticated and dramatic architecture, [it is] spellbinding and visceral.”
"Perhaps the best way to explain Julia would be if Norah Jones, Tom Waits, Billie Holiday, and Lyle Lovett had a musical orgy and let you watch behind a curtain of burning lace and a whiskey waterfall. Bring your soul." - Out of Print Magazine
Julia Othmer is a "captivating" piano-playing singer/songwriter known for her energetic live performances. Passionate and engaging, Othmer creates intimate warmth with her audiences. Using music to connect to people and social issues inspires her. Her most recent project is Songs of September, a 30-day online voter registration drive concert series where she performed songs of change, protest and hope. She then asked listeners to vote on their favorite performances resulting in Seeds: Volume 1 (LIVE) - a listener-curated, democratically-elected collection released in late 2020. Seeds: Volume 2 (LIVE) is due out March 20, 2021 - on the spring solstice.
Her most recent studio album "SOUND" is a collaboration with UK-based producer/composer James T Lundie and features re-imagined vintage and bespoke equipment. “SOUND sounds so good” writes Elmore Magazine, it has “stunningly sophisticated and dramatic architecture” and is “spellbinding and visceral.” Acclaimed music writer Tim Finn describes SOUND as a “self-made record with a big-label sound… rich in space and soaring dynamics and rife with layers and textures and melodies and grooves.” Public Radio host Bob McWilliams says these “songs are powerful.”
The album’s first two singles – “Purple and Gray” and “Hungry Days (Make Me Feel)” have reached over 275,000 views on YouTube and been featured on over 100 radio stations around the world. Chart highlights include Pop Radio UK #1, Big Indie Giant (South Africa) #3, UK Independent #6, and Radio VGR (UK) #2. “Hungry Days (Make Me Feel)” was featured on Japan’s #1 radio station “ and highlighted as a “Top 3 Indie Videos” by InterFM host Mike “In Tokyo” Rogers.
Tracks from Julia's critically acclaimed debut album, Oasis Motel, have been featured in shows like Witches of East End, Switched at Birth, The Lying Game, Army Wives, and DeGrassi: The Next Generation. She received songwriting awards from the Billboard World Song Contest and the International Songwriting Competition. Julia shared the stage with Sarah McLachlan, Emmylou Harris, Heart, Regina Spektor, The Alarm, Amanda Palmer, Lisa Loeb and John Waite among others.
Julia loves books and used-book bookstores. She is passionate about forbidden archeology and wisdom traditions. She and James and their pit bull rescue Mary live in the woods by a lake, keeping watch for bald eagles soaring, while writing and recording their next release.