Meet Julia Russo
Julia Russo is a 19 year old singer/songwriter from Avon, Connecticut, recently nominated for Folk Artist of the Year with her freshman album, "Hearts in the Water" receiving the International Music and Entertainment Association (IMEA) award for "Folk Album of the Year," in October 2016. Influenced by artists such as Adele, Mumford and Sons and Head and the Heart, Julia brilliantly engages her audience with thought provoking lyrics. Currently touring since the launch of her album, Julia has been performing throughout New England, Nashville, and just recently London and is excited to have been nominated as a finalist for the 2017 Pavoh Awards and will be returning to London in June.
"This is one of my latest songs, "Fly Away" which I performed at the Infinity Hall in Norfolk CT. I was honored to have been selected as one of twelve finalists for their big stage competition in the fall. The inspiration for writing came from wanting to write something more upbeat and light and then Fly Away was born!"
How would you characterize your musical style?
In terms of musical styling I would not categorize myself as conventional but rather a blend of musical genres that I infuse interchangeably. So all in all I would say I'm a singer/songwriter whose roots are indie, folk, and indie pop.
Who are you - what is your story?
I am a nineteen year old singer/songwriter from CT. My love of singing started before I can even remember and I began songwriting when I was about fifteen. Since then I released my freshman album, "Hearts in the Water" and am so grateful for the journey it has taken me on thus far. I was honored to have been nominated for Folk Artist of the Year and have received the International Music and Entertainment Association (IMEA) award for "Folk Album of the Year," this past fall. Music has taken me all throughout New England, Nashville, and most recently London, where I will be headed back again in June to perform! I am also so humbled and honored to have been nominated for the Pavoh Awards. Music has very much written my story so far and am excited to see what else it has in store for me.
What do you think is the difference between good music and great music?
I believe the difference between good music and great music is that good music is fleeting. Good music to me can be compared to a stranger you meet on the street, or an acquaintance you know. You've heard it, it's there, but you forget it. Whereas great music is like an old friend. It strikes a chord (no pun intended) and will always be part of you or your story. It timeless, indelible, and leaves a legacy. In short it's unforgettable.
What are the biggest challenges of being a young musician?
I think some of the biggest challenges of being a young musician is while I have had the privilege of working with people who value my commitment to my craft I have seen others who dismiss young musicians as not serious or stand in judgement. Also as someone who is under 21, it limits the amount of performance venues since many places are 21+.
What does it mean to be chosen as a Pavoh Music Awards Finalist?
It means so much to me to have been chosen as a Pavoh Music Awards Finalist. I am so grateful and honored to have been selected and represent Connecticut and all of its young talent. I am also grateful to show young musicians that you can choose music and have it be your career and not just a hobby.