Julia Barry is a composer, pianist, and singer who writes songs and scores for a variety of live settings and film/TV.
With a voice and style often compared to Norah Jones and Joni Mitchell, Barry found her love of creativity through music at an early age, improvising songs on piano and constantly singing around the house. She began formal study of piano (inspired by her older sister’s lessons) and joined a children’s choir during grade school, beginning to write more seriously as she got older. She studied music, poetry, and women’s media studies at Sarah Lawrence College, and went on to get her Masters Degree in Interactive Media at Goldsmiths College, University of London.
Her latest EP, Just the Dear Ones, was co-produced with David Steinberg (Grey) and infuses gospel and soul into an authentic, live-recorded sound; 50% of sales support Music and Memory, a foundation for fighting Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia with the power of music. Her 2010 album, Once, or Twice, was acclaimed as “soulful, jazzy and deep” (Independent Music Scene), “poetic and haunting” (This Is Real Music), and “lush, rich…enigmatic” (Harmony Avenue).
Barry is active in the NY arts scene, performing with groups from rock bands to classical choirs, and taking part in programs such as New Dramatists Composer-Librettist Studio, BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop, and Art-a-Hack, which emphasize community, collaboration, and creative vibrance.
She also is a web designer for progressive causes and is passionate about the power of the internet and new media to promote community, the arts, and activism. Her studio, Julia Barry Productions, provides music and digital services for artists, educators, advocates, wellness practitioners, non-profit groups, and anyone putting goodness into the world.