Lead Vocals, Electro-Acoustic Guitar, Songwriting, Recording, Teaching vocal technique and stagecraft
I've been in the Christian and secular music scene for a long time! Started off with the band 'Crossfire' in the south, then lead vocals with the band 'Heart & Soul' in the north-east. Sang in pubs, clubs and hotels for a while as a secular solo artist, and then released the album 'Lifetime' under the name JULIE LORD. That was the name I was using in the secular scene - it had to be changed for personal security, so I continued with it for the blues/jazz-funk album which tried to bridge the gap between CCM and secular audiences. Had reasonable success with the album - got it played in the States anyway! That was nearly 10 years ago now.
Now, I've gone back to my real name, my acoustic roots, and God has led me headlong into Worship music, as a lead vocal, electro acoustic guitarist, and occasional (but getting more frequent by the day) worship leader. But .. I still like to perform an acoustic set as a singer / songwriter in secular and Christian venues - so, any offers of gigs would be most welcome!
I'm a vocal coach / singing teacher by profession and work for Northumberland Music Service, teaching for Rockschool exams in five high schools. I also coach bands in vocal technique and stagecraft, and have been asked to do this for the county bands in Northumberland. Am thinking of using my skills for Worship Band mentoring - but don't know how to get started, any ideas?
Titus (I'm biased - I coached them!); Nothing else in particular - I like things that are well produced, such as Hillsong; Amy Grant;
Sounds great, I know what you mean about different sizes of Church having different types of setups/challenges/feels. City Church, which I'm a part of, is larger so has a bigger pool of musicians, but has to be careful that performance doesn't take over. Whilst on the other hand some of us sometimes help lead worship at a smaller Church in Northumberland that we're linked to which is more of an informal setup; it is quite a different kettle of fish, but I think the mixing definitely helps us learn from each other. Plus I've found being in a city great for making use of the stuff going on - I was brought up in the sticks, so you'd have to travel for training-days or what-have-you. Anyhow, good to meet you! (electronically)
Hi Julie, I was just looking for other worship leaders in the North East to let you know about @WorshipNE which is forming as a local worship resource centre (linked in with @worshipnet in Tees Valley). The idea is to be able to connect, train & equip local worship leaders and keep folk up to date with what's happening in the area, such as Worship Central having a tour stop in Newcastle in February.
Enjoyed EVERYBODY NEEDS LOVE and I can see your Annie Lennox influence in your singing. I seems to me you might try being a choir director for a praise team. Many churches would love to have a choir but may be searching for someone who knows how to really bring the voices together in a contemporary way like HIllsong does.