RYAN JOY

* How has music inspired you?

   It inspires me all the time, depending on my mood I can listen to music and it can make me understand something differently, puts me in a good mood, makes me want to dance. It inspires me to push myself more to achieve my dreams!

* Your musical inspirations?

   I have so many musical inspirations..lol..Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Alicia Keys, etc, etc....

* Has music helped you through a difficult or traumatic time in your life?

   Yeah I definately think so. I really cant mention the exact situation, but music is a way to just escape from everything. It also allows you to realize things about the situation, and be happy or get over being sad. There's seems to be a song out there for every circumstance and ordeal we face.

* Any CDs/songs which are meaningful to you?

   I really can't pinpoint just one off the top of my head.. there are a few of them that I can really relate to.

* Discuss the creative or songwriting process --

   it's fun, hard, frustrating..lol. It's cool to be in the studio and seeing someone
produce a song, or come up with a melody, or a different way to sing a particular song. It get frustrating sometimes when a couple hours turn into a lot of hours.. No one really sees the hours it takes to prepare the song..from writing the words and then matching the melody, and finally putting your own personality to it. But overall the best part of the studio process is watching it develop from a sheet of paper to something someone can actually relate or dance to ;)

* Discuss your feelings about the powerful or life-changing effects that music can    have on a person --

   I feel a song always has a lot of meaning behind it, whether it's a rock song, a pop song or rap song. Music relates to people on a different and personal level. You could have someone that just lost someone and is trying to cope with it and to hear a particular song that may relate to how he or she is feeling. The song can be very enlighting for that person and help them to rise above the circumstances. The same even if it's having a crush on someone. You can play a song and it make you feel so mushy inside because that's how you feel about that person... or another example.. my song "Again" deals on the issues of verbal abuse within a relationship and how you can be strong again and love again and get out of that situation. I believe that would be something very positive to listen to for people who are in or were in that situation. People need guidance sometimes and I feel music can be that guidance!

RyanJoy! is the hottest, new singer on the scene! Executives throughout the entertainment industry have slated her as a "young Madonna." Her music is guaranteed to take you to a new level and her stage presence is unlike any other. RyanJoy!ís music is certain to make you dance. Her stage show combines lyrical pop moves, strong vocals, and a storyline which allows the audience to become part of the show.

RyanJoy! has a very diverse ideal when it comes to music, and doesn't believe in targeting just one audience. Her music is a culmination of pop, r&b and urban beats. The effectiveness of her efforts for diversity are evident not only by her fan support at her shows, but also by the response received from all across the world via her website, www.ryanjoy.com.

According to RyanJoy! "I want people to feel my music when I'm performing at a concert. I love looking out and seeing people singing the lyrics like they're their own. My music is strictly for the fans, no matter what age or background. Without them, I wouldn't be here!Ē.

Tampa native of 22 years, RyanJoy! began performing at the age of 12 as a dancer and host on Club TV, a local MTV-style show. This provided her the opportunity to join a the hip hop dance group, Triple Take, which traveled throughout Florida performing at various schools, venues, and competitions. She has also worked with Willa Ford and other local artists throughout Florida. Some of RyanJoy!'s performances include: The Boss Magazine Launch Party, WFLZ 93.3's "The Big One", Chrysler Jeep's Bayfest 2002, Guavaween with Radio Disney, and the Tampa Aids Network Charity Concert.

RyanJoy! has been aggressively pursuing music professionally since teaming up with her management team, Platinum Starz. She hopes by bringing hot beats in a style all her own, she can become a longstanding, prominent figure in the music industry. RyanJoy! is here to stay!

www.ryanjoy.com

RICK SPRINGFIELD

*Any CDís or songs which are meaningful to you?

Revolver-Beatles
The Blurred Crusade- The Church
Hats-Blue Nile
Perfect Day-Chris Whitley
a Wizard a True star - Todd Rundgren

Rick Springfield was born Richard Lewis Springthorpe on August 23, 1949.  He grew up in various locations, spending most of his childhood in Melbourne, Australia.  An army brat (his father was a colonel in the Australian Army), Rick found that he was often the new kid in town.   His teen years landed him in England, just in time for, as he recalls, "girls and music".  Returning back to Australia, Rick eventually dropped out of high school to pursue his music.  His first band, Rock House, landed a gig in Vietnam during the height of the conflict there, and Rick found himself dodging bombs and throwing granades.  While the band didn't last long, this lead him to the wildly popular Australian teen band, Zoot.  In Zoot, Rick honed his songwriting and performance tactics, so much so that he was plucked out of the group to try his hand at solo music.

By 1971, Rick had top hit in Australia, "Speak to the Sky".  Record companies in the US were courting him.  It left Rick with some difficult personal decisions:  leave his homeland for the unknown of the US?  His father, with whom he credits his passion for music, had recently suffered a debilitating stroke, and needed a great deal of care.  Though Rick hesitated to leave him, Rick finally made the decision to try his luck in Hollywood.

Steve Binder and Robie Porter helped produce Rick's first US album, "Beginnings", which included a re-recorded version of "Speak to the Sky".  Seeming success was quick quick for the newly named Rick Springfield:  "Speak to the Sky" landed in the US Top Ten and "Beginnings" found it's way into the top twenty.  Unfortunately, most of Rick's press was coming from teen magazines, who were selling him right along with David Cassidy and Donny Osmond.  The radio stations suspected foul play:  a teen sensation who had no real following.  They refused to play the song and it quickly dropped off the charts.

Binder and Porter were not deterred by this, though Rick calls this time "a real heavy time."   They signed Rick to a new deal at Columbia Records, and soon Rick released his second stateside album, "Comic Book Heroes".  Recorded in London, this album tried to fight the critics with serious songs such as "The Photograph".  Unfortunately, with most of his publicity again coming from the teen mags, the album was never taken seriously by radio.   Again Rick was left without a record deal.

In 1974, Rick was asked to create music and star in an animated series called "Mission Magic".  Rick was excited about the idea of showcasing his songs on a weekly TV show.  The show aired on ABC's Saturday mornning line up.  While Rick still continued to record and write serious music of his own (much of which ended up on the never released "Springfield" LP of 1974), most of the music from Mission Magic was neccesarily fluff.  The show was cancelled after the second season.

Personally for Rick, a bright spot during 1974 was his live in relationship with Linda Blair ("The Exorcist").  Rick calls it his first "grown up relationship,"  though at the time Linda Blair was only fifteen.  The relationship lasted a year, and both still recall the time fondly.  "He's someone I'll always love," said Linda in VH-1's Behind the Music.  Rick says that of all his former girlfriends, Linda is the only one he remains friends with.

By 1975, Rick was in  "the worst time of my life," he says.  He had no job and no prospects.  He'd had two record deals that had fallen through.  He had records that released and did poorly, he had records that never had been released.  Despite fan letters that asked to see his mansion in Hollywood, Rick was scraping by on almost nothing.  He felt like a failure.  The depression that had haunted him since fifteen reared it's head again and Rick had thoughts of suicide.

Eventually, he dropped Binder and Porter and decided to strike out on his own.  He began acting classes to support his music career.  "Most guys were out there waiting tables while they waited for acting jobs.  I was acting while I was waiting for a music job."  He recorded his 1976 album, "Wait for Night" during this time.  While the album was strong musically, recorded with Elton John's rhythm section of Nigel Olson and Dee Murray, the Chelsea label it was recorded on folded soon after the album's release.

Rick spent the next few years earning acting paychecks and writing tunes for the next album.  He had a new management team which included Tom Skeeter, and they were determined to land their artist a deal.  In 1980 he recorded "Working Class Dog" on a shoestring budget, recording on off hours when the studio time was cheaper.  It was there that he met his future wife, Barbara Porter.   She was working as a receptionist there at the time, and later people would jokingly ask her if she indeed was "Jessie's Girl."  "She had a lot of energy," recalls drummer Jack White of that time.

Though his managers were negotiating a deal with RCA to release "Working Class Dog,"  Rick auditioned for the soap opera, "General Hospital."  He was used to album deals folding, or records not doing well, and the steady paycheck of the soap was enticing.  He signed to the soap as Dr. Noah Drake in early 1981, and RCA released his album very shortly after.

Almost overnight, Rick's star shone brightly:  his album was being played on the radio, he was recognized from his work on TV, and Rick was suddenly famous.  Rick was ready.  He'd waited for ten years for this moment, and he was excited to see the faces turn when he walked by.  "It was so fast," he recalls, "Just a few weeks."  The soap opera made Rick's face recognizable to millions, the radio made his music so.

"I've heard that sometimes, especially from others who have experienced fame, that when what you want most is given to you, inevitably something else is taken away,"  Rick said on TNN's "Life and Times of Rick Springfield."  Within a few months of fulfilling his dreams of success, Rick's father took a turn for the worse and passed away.  For Rick, it was a cruel blow.  He always felt that his father was his champion, giving him the support he needed to get through the tough times and stick to his goal of being a successful musician.  His father would be right there along with him with every success and failure.  The pain struck Rick deeply, though he didn't have time to indulge in his grief;  with only a three day hiatus from General Hospital to fly to Australia for the funeral, Rick threw himself into making his success last.  Rick can still be seen in interviews today, eighteen years later, getting choked up and shedding tears when his father is brought up.  "It hits me where I live," he has said.  "I still have a lot of pain about it."  The musical thread his father gave him continues to be seen in his music...references to his father can be found on every album he made after his father's death.

Rick recorded his next album, "Success Hasn't Spoiled Me Yet" during his off hours on General Hospital and toured in the same way.  "I have never seen anyone work that hard," recalled drummer Jack White on VH-1's Behind the Music.  While critics still didn't quite trust a rocker with such a pretty face and huge teen following, many were beginning to come around to see Rick's talent as a rocker.  In 1982, Rick was awarded a Grammy Award for Best Male Vocal.  MTV played his videos in heavy rotation, and Showtime aired a live special, "Live and Kicking."  Rick Springfield was here to stay.

But the hard work was burning Rick's candle at both ends.  By 1983, he was ready to be released from his contract at General Hospital and concentrate on his music.  His release that year, "Living In Oz," heralded a new Rick.  His look was tougher, harder, and so were his songs.  Gone were the pink suits and purple Converse; Rick wore torn leather and armbands to prove his point.  Fans loved it; the album went multi platinum and spawned three top twenty songs.

With more free time on his hands, movies were the next logical step for Rick in terms of his acting.  A true multimedia success story, he jumped in with both feet.  While he was offered many supporting roles such as one in "A Few Good Men", Rick chose one which would showcase him.  More an ego choice than anything, Rick released the movie "Hard to Hold" in which he was the sole star.  "I thought I could make anything work," he said.  Unfortunately, "Hard to Hold," with it's nude scenes and screaming teens, brought Rick's movie career to a screeching halt.  But the soundtrack was solid and it still flew off the shelves.   Rick turned back to his music.

In 1984, after years of dating, Rick and Barbara Porter decided it was time to get married.  They wed in October of that year, after Rick's summer tour was completed.  They were married in his family's church in Australia, and kept the marriage quite low key.  Most fans did not realize until much later that Rick had in fact married.  Keeping with a tradition that continues to this day, Barbara maintained a very low profile and protected the privacy of her new family.  She soon became pregnant with their first son.

During Barbara's pregnancy, Rick released his eighth (counting only released solo albums) album, "Tao".  Full of strife and questions about life, this album heralds a time when Rick moved away from "girl songs" and into questions about "la raison d'etre".  1985 saw Rick tour with this album, touting songs such as "Celebrate Youth" and "State of the Heart".  After the tour ended, Rick returned home for the birth of his first son, Liam, in October.  Most fans remember this as the time they found out about Rick's marriage:  when he announced the birth of his son.

The birth of Liam brought about some huge emotional issues for Rick.  Having lost his father and dealing with fatherhood without him was a difficult time.  He was used to being a rock star, a musician, an actor...he wasn't sure that all that he'd worked for made one bit of a difference in terms of fatherhood.  It was another difficult time for Rick as he entered psychoanalysis to find the source of his depression.

As the six month break he'd planned turned into two years of off time, Rick searched for meaning.  His search is documented in his 1988 release, "Rock of Life".  It tells of the difficulty of marriage, of not being ready to be a father, of finding his reason for living in being a father...heavy, deep, emotional songs.  While most of Rick's fans weren't quite old enough to understand the depth of these songs, they appreciated the raw emotion shared in them.  Rick looked forward to touring to promote the album, but it never happened.  Rick suffered severe injuries in a motorcycle accident just prior to the start of the tour.  The entire tour had to be cancelled.

For many fans, this is where they all thought the story ended.  Rick dropped out of sight as he recovered from his injuries, staying at home for the birth of his second son, Joshua, in March of 1989.  Rick slowly began to take on acting jobs for TV movies and shows.  This allowed him to stay at home and make family a priority.  Fans often remember the pilot of "Nick Knight" in which Rick played a vampire, or "Human Target" where Rick morphed into different people to solve mysteries.  Several TV movies followed into the early nineties.

Rick toured a brief summer tour in 1993 to test the waters for a comeback.  Touring again was a great rush for Rick as he realized that a great many fans were still out there and waiting for him to stage a comeback.  He began to start writing a new album that would provide just that.  Fans were teased with news of this new album, but it would turn out to be many years in the offing.

In 1994, Rick was offered a role in the syndicated show, "High Tide".   The show centered around two brothers who run a surf shop but endlessly get caught up in solving mysteries that happen all around them.  First shot in New Zealand, then San Diego, and finally in Santa Barbara, the steady show took up much of Rick's time for the three seasons it ran.  A mixture of comedy and detective work, "High Tide" earned favorable reviews and allowed fans to see that Rick was still busy in Hollywood.

When "High Tide" was not renewed in 1997, loyal fans breathed a sigh mixed with sadness and relief.  Finally now Rick was able to concentrate on his new music promised to them years ago.  He teased them with the release of "Sahara Snow" in July of 1997, a collaboration between Bob Marlette, Tim Pierce and Rick.  Excited fans bought up so many copies of the first new music in nine years that online outlets sold out of this import.

In 1998, Rick began to tour, promoting his new album, "Karma", which was supposed to be released later that year.  Though the album was delayed until April of 1999, that didn't matter to the thousands who flocked to see him live.  Stories of fans who traveled by plane great distances began to circulate as the press began to realize that Rick Springfield was back in the game.  The hype around "Karma" was so great that when the Japanese Import was released prior to the US release, fans snatched it up online and created a need for a second pressing.

The Karma Tour surpassed everyone's, including Rick's, expectations, and allowed Rick to play to over 2,000,000 fans from it's beginning in June of 1998 until it's close on New Year's Eve, 2000. The success was so great that it prompted Rick to record and release his latest CD, "The Greatest Hits Alive." Now currently available in stores all over the US, this special disc was released in a special collectible limited release in September of 2000.

But the success of reconnecting with fans and releasing a new live disc weren't enough for Rick Springfield. In December of 2000 he announced that he would take over the lead role in the Vegas spectacular, EFX Alive. The show was retooled to fit Rick's style and now includes two original tunes Rick penned just for the show, "The Rhythm of the Beat" and "Forever". The show, known for it's wonderful special effects, opened on January 30, 2001, the same day "Alive" hit the stores. The reviews of both of Rick's newest projects have been favorable.

It makes one wonder what Rick's got up his sleeve next. At age 53, Rick just seems to be getting better with age, and certainly more energetic. He has had a two year successful run in EFX Alive, touring on his off weeks and weekends(see Tour Page). Whatever Rick plans next, his loyal fan following will be there to support his every endeavor.

"Youíve got to be committed," Springfield says of overcoming lifeís obstacles, whether itís winning back your life or winning over skeptics. "Youíve got to love to do it just on your own, sitting in your own room or in your own studio or playing to 30 people instead of 30,000. Youíve got to get the joy out of doing that, and I do."

"My sole [and soul] point in writing is, first of all, the  process," he continues, "and also to connect with people through what I write. The greatest thrill is when someone comes back to me about a song Iíve written that mirrored an event in their life."

And that simplicity of who Rick is, despite all the complexities of his life, is what keeps his loyal fan base coming back for more, every time.  What goes around truly does come around for Rick Springfield.
 
Rickís new CD release 2004--Shock/Denial/Anger/Acceptance
www.rickspringfield.com
www.shockdenialangeracceptance.com
www.rickspringfield.net

LOVESPIRALS

photos by Susan Jennings

Anji Bee of Lovespirals

*Your musical inspirations?

I've been inspired by many different musicians and bands over the
years, so it's really hard to pinpoint just a few... I suppose it would
be fair to say that my vocal work has been influenced by ladies
including Tracey Thorn, Sade, KD Lang, Gina Rene (of Soulstice), Sinead
o' Connor, Billie Holiday, Astrud Gilberto, Toni Tennille, Christine Mc
Vie, Kate Bush and many others. I've probably actually spent more time
listening to and singing along with male vocalists, though!

*Has music helped you through a difficult or traumatic time in your
 life?

Most definitely. I suffered depression as a teen and spent most of my
time collecting and listening to music. David Bowie's albums were very
important to me, particularly the Berlin trilogy and 'Scary Monsters'.
I was also listening a lot to Japan and Kate Bush in those days. I can
hardly hear any of these albums without being transported in time by
the music.

* Any CDs or songs which are meaningful to you?

Too many to list, really but...here are some songs:

"You Make it Easy" - Air
"Good Morning Heartache" Billie Holiday
"Peace Love and Happiness" - Chambers Brothers
"Single" - Everything But the Girl
"Constant Craving" - KD Lang
"Bonfire" - Lamb
"Tea for One" - Led Zeppelin
"Beautiful" - Mandalay
"Wish You Were Here" - Pink Floyd
"I Want You" - Marvin Gaye
"Like a Tattoo" - Sade
"Lovely" - Soulstice
"Song to the Siren" - This Mortal Coil
"Jesus" - Velvet Underground

Anji

LOVESPIRALS 2004 BIOGRAPHY

Since 1999, producer/musician, Ryan Lum, and singer/songwriter, Anji Bee, have made an unlikely marriage of dusty vinyl classics to sparkling new CDs, informed by a lingering affair with jazz, both past and present. Familiar, yet exotic, the sound of this creative duo guides modern electronic composition in a more organic direction, forsaking simplistic sample loop-based production in favor of traditional song writing and performance.

The interplay of Beeís sensual vocals and Lumís emotive guitar playing illustrate their love of melody and harmony in song craft; something all too often missing in electronica music. From track to track, and even within each tune itself, the duo culls their favorite aspects of every genre Ė those most beautiful, haunting, or groovy Ė to create a unique hybrid of electronica, soul, jazz, blues, and pop, with dashes of world, folk, and rock... or whatever else tickles their fancy.

Lum and Bee, working under the moniker, Lovespirals, have released various compilation tracks, downloadable singles, and even an album, Windblown Kiss (for New York indie record label, Projekt), and have also performed all across North America with a semi-live set featuring guitar, sax, and vocals over a backing track on laptop. Lum has also appeared in Los Angeles and San Francisco clubs with traditional DJ sets, often including dub plates of their material.

If you are seeking music for the soul as well as the body, something sweet to kick back and unwind with, then Lovespirals are for you.

www.lovespirals.com

REBEKAH DEL RIO

-Rebekah along with James Taylor, Sting, and Elton John-
How has music inspired you?
Your musical inspirations?

Music is the universal language, therefore  inspiration comes from the magic each of us discovers in a piece of music.  The communication between our hearts and the melody, rhythm, words and feeling becomes that inspiration. I have always believed that without music we would be lost.  Personally, it would be difficult to describe how much music has inspired me because I was born with a song in my heart.  I had no choice but to sing and be drawn to this language that everyone can speak.

* Has music helped you through difficult or traumatic times in your life?

Absolutely!  Music has also fueled the traumatic moments and has caused me to feel an even deeper emotion than originally planned.  I have been taken hostage by many a song.  I love the dramatic!  

* Any CD's or songs which are meaningful to you?

So many come to mind.  I'll tell you what I have in my CD player for my travels.  Pink Martini, Trio Los Panchos featuring Eydie Gorme, Gypsy Music, Karen Carpenter, Lhasa, Celtic Bagpipe music.  I've been in a very sad mood so I love to listen to melancholy music to validate my feelings.  It's the torch... that holds the fire!

* Discuss your feelings about the powerful or life-changing effects that music can have on a person--

Each and everyone of us has experienced something so powerful through music
while it reminds us of a better time, a time we are glad to be beyond and or helps us create new memories.

I have an album from when I was 14 that was given to me by a boy that I will never forget.  It still makes me cry.  That's powerful.  Life changing, "Llorando" was definitely life changing for me.

Singer/songwriter Rebekah Del Rio, as seen in David Lynch's Award Winning film Mulholland Drive, began her professional music career when she was just 11 years old.

Her unique style is perhaps best represented in her signature song, the wrenchingly beautiful ballad "Llorando," a Spanish-language version of Roy Orbison's "Crying," which strongly evokes both her Latin roots as well as such vocal influences as Patsy Cline, Linda Ronstadt, Vikki Carr, and Karen Carpenter. In 1994, on the strength of that song, Rebekah moved to Nashville where she was signed to Irving Azoff's label, Giant Records, through Warner Brothers Records.

Rebekah opened for Rod Stewart at the 25th Annual WEA convention, and cut her first album, called "Nobody's Angel." The title track was released on a compilation album for WEA, and the single shot to #2 in Holland. Ms. Del Rio then went on to do a recording project for James Stroud at DreamWorks' Nashville Label. She was cast as a principal character in "The Next Big Thing," an animated series produced by Bob Doyle (Manager for Garth Brooks), where Rebekah plays a sultry Mexican-American country singer trying to make it in the music business. Not a far stretch from the truth.

Before moving back to Los Angeles, David Lynch cast Rebekah as herself in his nightmarish hymn to L.A., Mulholland Drive. In a pivotal scene, Rebekah plays an otherworldly cabaret singer at the dilapidated, near empty Club Silencio who sings an electrifying a capella rendition of "Llorando."

In a Village Voice interview, Lynch describes his partnership with Rebekah as a "happy accident": Her noteworthy performance has been universally praised as "a dazzling star turn," by John Powers in the L.A. Weekly, to "uniquely twisted," and "utterly enthralling," by Gregory Weinkauf from the New Times.

Ms. Del Rio was received with a standing ovation at the 12th Annual Rainforest Foundation Benefit Concert at Carnegie Hall in April 2002 after singing "Llorando" a capella. Rebekah was joined by Sting, Sir Elton John, and James Taylor clad in sombreros and maracas while she sang "La Bamba" for a tribute to the 60's. Rebekah has performed with the Royal Philharmonic in England and was featured in Divas Simply Singing. She has also performed for Patti LaBelle at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles.

Ms. Del Rio is also on the soundtrack for the much anticipated Sundance award-winning movie, Quattro Noza, planned for release in 2004. Rebekah is currently writing for her Nashville/Los Angeles based Music Publishing Company, Baja Basement Music, and is represented by Brian Loucks at Creative Artists Agency.

www.rebekahdelrio.com

JULIE AXIS/JUTE

When I was growing up, my albums and my record player were sacred instruments to me. I prayed at the altar as often as I could. I was at peace with my music. I felt alive, excited, devout, blessed. I was either going to be a nun or a whore. Music made me want to give all of myself--even if it meant that pain was part of it--I wanted to know everything. I held a secret in my hand and placed it on the turntable to receive it's teachings. I basked in the glow of a well-turned musical phrase. My stomach was filled with butterflies at the build up to the chorus. When it hit, my mind went numb and my body quivered. It was spiritual and sexual all at once--so miraculously sensual--a combination of the two passions. I knew nothing of sex at the time, but my body was awakening through the power of music. My insides stirred and I wished for someone to share this experience with--to listen to music together.

Once, when I was thirteen, my mother and older sister conspired to hide one of my records because I had been playing it over and over. When I found out I was furious. I never forgave them. They didn't know what they had done. They took the thing that was most precious to me in the world. Beyond a mere possession, my record was a connection to something other than the mundane existence of being a younger sibling, a child powerless, injustice and misunderstanding at every turn. It didn't matter that it was Paul McCartney's "Coming Up" that I had been playing over and over--it spoke to me--it was special--it was mine. I wanted him to be my Dad. I remember thinking how mature I was--I didn't ask him to be my boyfriend, no, I knew better--I was still a child and needed to be a child. I would ask him to be my father. I wrote him a letter. I thought, if he could be my Dad, I would have the best life ever. Things would change. I would feel special and whole and loved the way I deserved to be loved. He would make me feel like the music made me feel. A oneness with the universe. A connnection. Deep and spiritual--where words don't matter. Just the look in one's eyes. But of course nothing changed. He never got the letter and I grew up with my silent family in Florida--where no one spoke or expressed a single emotion other than fear. And I lost my virginity to some guy in a van--the music only there to drown out the noises we were making. So much for being a nun.

My reasons for making music have changed over the years--I started out like most people thinking how cool it would be to be a star. But that fades quickly as reality sets in. Now, I make music so that I can feel that special feeling again--that pure feeling of oneness with the universe. A devotee. Of life. It is easier for women to hold onto that feeling. I see someone like Annie Lennox and I know she understands. Women hold onto their sexuality longer--it grows and peaks in a women's thirties. I wish to share my yearning with others.

Julie Axis has been a part of the Chicago music scene since 1994 when she began her musical career as a founding member of My Scarlet Life. For five years she lent the band the talents of her voice, lyrics, and melodies. She recorded four full-length CDs and toured throughout the midwest. She has also recorded with Is U Is, Bed of Roses (DivaNation), Certain Distant Suns (Giant), and Pounder (Invisible).

Discography
:

1999 My Scarlet Life-InfraRed (DivaNation)
1999 Pounder (Invisible) additional vocals track 2
1998 My Scarlet Life-Danse Amour remixes (DivaNation)
1998 Cicatrix Compilation (DivaNation)
additional vocals on tracks 6 and 16 Jute track 8, MSL track 9
1997 Certain Distant Suns-Boss Nova EP (CDM)
additional vocals tracks 2, 6, 7, 8
1997 My Scarlet Life-Buzzbomb (DivaNation)
1996 My Scarlet Life-Trypnotica (DivaNation)
1995 My Scarlet Life-Reliquaries (One Man's Ceiling)

"I am consumed by my dreams, the blur between sleeping and consciousness. Images that come to me in the night. Sometimes frightening, sometimes beautiful, and always vivid, like movies, but with content and meaning-a mystery to solve with my waking mind. Shadows, always present, stealing my thoughts, my time, like a virus, spreading. I'm seeking something,the penetralia-a word to describe it-the place I long for, the place I belong, my spaceship, my womb. Stirs my adventure-lust, room to room I wander with purpose. Space and design, tight tunnels, sunken rooms with sumptous drapings, corridors and elevators, dark, coffin-like, brilliant architecture. The search continues. Lately there has been someone else in my window. He has a clue for me."

www.juteband.com
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/jute

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