W H O A M I ?
Julia Fortman is a Chicago-based singer/songwriter and vocalist. While growing up, Julia was exposed to music almost every day. From listening to her dad play guitar during late nights, singing Bob Marley’s “Stir It Up” while stirring up her chocolate milk, and having dance parties in her living room to “Grey Seal” by Elton John, Julia was bound to love music one way or another. She learned to play piano in middle school, but started writing music on the ukulele when she was 16. Julia rediscovered her love of the piano not long after that, and the ebony keys have been the foundation of her songs ever since.
Julia graduated from the prestigious Berklee College of Music with a degree in Songwriting, furthering her passion for creating and listening to music. During her years there, Julia took the time to find her individual sound, and to perform at venues of every kind, from stages to basements. Singing in a variety of groups and styles including traditional choirs, a cappella, even a reggae/ska band, Julia admired all of the incredible talent at Berklee and wanted to sing with as many people as possible. One of the highlights of her performances occurred at the end of her senior year, when Julia was able to hold her own recital and played both her originals and covers with some of the fantastic friends she made while at Berklee.
Julia's artist influences range far and wide, and continue to grow. The list contains many incredible musicians and bands such as Susan Tedeschi, Alabama Shakes, The Lumineers, Sammy Rae and the Friends, Lake Street Dive, Vulfpeck, and Sara Bareilles; just to name a few. Julia's sound consists of strong piano harmonies, blues grooves, and vocal melodies that tug at the heartstrings. Some have even said that her music sounds a bit like Sara Bareilles's, which Julia considers to be the best compliment she has ever received.
Currently, Julia is finishing up her debut EP, "Who Am I?", which is expected to release in May of 2021. The EP is a culmination of stories that reflect a period of transition in Julia's life. Filled with both heartbreak and joy, "Who Am I?" has something for every listener, and hopefully encourages them to stick around until the end.