"Biel’s third solo album confirms her knack for penning smart, intimate songs and delivering them in a voice both crystalline and dreamy… a total delight.”
THE LONDON EVENING STANDARD****
Her new self-titled album 'Julia Biel' is her best yet. The London-born daughter of German and South African descent delivers her songs with warmth and confidence. Drawing on the spirituality of gospel music, the joie-de-vivre of soul, the sorrow of blues and the freedom of jazz, her voice evokes all this and more.
“I was always fascinated by musicians such as Nina Simone, Miles Davis and Billie Holiday and how they each succeeded in expressing their strong personalities in the music - there's so much strength that shines through their vulnerabilities.”
There is drama and there are wide-ranging melodies in what is a stunning musical universe full of deep emotions and the result is a raft of timeless pop songs delivered with an almost frightening prowess and an unnerving authenticity.
The sound of an intense inner musicality paired with a defiant passion and a burning and individualistic creative spirit, this is music with the kind of impact that is unattainable without intense life experiences - and the many comparisons to Billie Holiday, Amy Winehouse, Nina Simone and Chet Baker testify to this.
Today's best-kept secret in pop is finally revealed.
“Julia Biel has a great voice. That is possibly the understatement of the year so far... her interpretive and poetic style in her own compositions is wondrous.. She is amazing.”
JAZZ IN EUROPE"