“"Julie Mahendran, who has a flexible and very attractive voice, is a creative performer who is definitely a name to look for in the future."”
— Los Angeles Jazz Scene Magazine
Imagine Corinne Bailey Rae arm-wrestling Sade at Chaka Khan’s pool party, and you’ll get an idea of Julie Mahendran’s sound. Her clear, smooth vocals are inspired by jazz greats like Ella Fitzgerald as well as soulful pop voices like Whitney Houston and Annie Lennox.
Julie’s first album, NEVER DO WITHOUT YOU, is a playful take on classic jazz with a sparse instrumentation of just voice, bass and drums. Her second CD, LOVELIGHT, reveals more modern influences with songs of the 70s and 80s arranged in a smooth, groove sound. Both releases have received rave reviews and jazz radio airplay worldwide.
Currently based in Toronto with roots in Montreal and Edmonton, this Canadian artist is a Berklee College of Music grad where she studied with Cheryl Bentyne of the Manhattan Transfer. Julie has performed throughout North America, in Europe, and in Hong Kong.