The endearing warmth and charm of Julia Mark's music and voice has quickly made her a favorite in the Boston music scene. As a singer-songwriter and pianist, she creates lyric-driven, optimistically dissonant songs about life on the moon, loss of memory, shifting homes, and palindromes. With the songwriting penchant of Carole King and the soft-easy vocal of Suzanne Vega, Julia is for the listener who likes to transcend into a musical and visual scene. Julia Mark was a 2016 Iguana Music Fund grantee, spurring the creation of her first full-length album, “Gemini" (January 2018).
What struck me most about Julia’s music is the creativity of her lyrics and the care she takes in crafting her songs. Our audience sat up and listened, really paid attention. The music she wraps around her lyrics is perfectly quirky, well outside the folk or pop mainstream – and perfect for the experience she wants to create for her listeners. Jim Sargent, Homegrown Coffeehouse (Needham, MA)
I have literally seen people's breath taken away when they first hear Julia Mark. Her combination of piano chops, soaring pin-point vocals, tightly woven evocative lyrics, and sweet but confident stage presence grabs her audiences' attention and doesn't let it go until the last note rings. No flaws in her game! Jay Ottaway, Plymouth Folk and Blues Festival (Plymouth, VT)
Julia Mark is the type of artist who makes me wish my parents forced piano lessons on me as a kid. Her hands effortlessly dance across the ivories and her voice is equal parts pure power and delicate grace. You may have seen her singing with the Ruby Rose Fox band and killing it on the harmony end of things, but you should definitely get out to this show and see what this gal packs in her own songwriting and performance. Brian Carroll, Red Line Roots (Vermont)
With “Gemini,” Boston singer-songwriter Julia Mark offers an eclectic collection of songs that are a little quirky, a little dreamy and a little oddly romantic. It’s the sort of album you sink into easily, but there’s some sharp songwriting underneath it all that gives it a sort of freshness. But it’s also an album with a lot of internal contradictions, from which it derives a strange sort of power. Victor D. Infante, Worcester Telegram (Worcester, MA)
The Boston based singer/songwriter’s melodies ebb and flow with each passing song, the piano cradling her voice gently. Her breathy vocals often recall the soft sounds of Sara Bareilles, especially title track “Gemini” and second song, “Doors"...Her words always seem to carry an air of sadness, even though there’s a certain warmth that radiates from her songs. Courtney Tharp, Millennial Noise (Boston, MA)
Julia is a story teller through symbolism and art. She's a musical guide whose hand the listener gratefully and graciously holds onto while she brings you along for each song like a journey of fantasy. It's over before you know it and you immediately want to get back on the ride. Tom Bianchi, talent buyer and MC in Boston, MA
Eeryone has a story to tell, and I’m intrigued by the stories told by Boston-based singer-songwriter Julia Mark on her latest release, “Gemini”….In digging deeper, I was digging for gold. I think I found it with “Gemini.”