Her vocals have been described as soulful, big, powerful and deep as the ocean tones. When you hear Julie McKnight sing, you not only hear the song but you feel it and experience every note.
Providing soul stirring lead vocals on the back to back anthems, “Finally, “Home”, “Diamond Life, “Bittersweet.” All produced and written by Jay “Sinister” Sealee , and the anthemic summer smash “How Soon Is Now” produced by David Guetta, Sebastian Ingrosso, Dirty South and Jay Sinister, and appearing on the grammy nominated David Guetta album “One Love”, Julie’s musical background is as diverse as music itself.
Born in 1972 in Pottstown, PA, Julie McKnight is a daughter of a Seventh-Day Adventist Minister. Julie’s musical influences begins with her mother Saundra Brooks, who performed at the age of 19 at the Apollo Theatre in New York City after being coerced by her father, Norris Turney, a multi-reed player and member of Duke Ellington’s Orchestra. Aretha Franklin may have won that night but Saundra Brooks brought the house down with her rendition of “What A Wonderful World.” As the old adage says, “The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far From The Tree.”
Having moved to Los Angeles in the 80’s, Julie’s charismatic father, Victor Sr., welcomed people of all faiths and backgrounds into their home. During this time, Julie and her family formed lasting relationships with some of the greatest in music history. Some of these legendary artists include: Jazz Singer and Entertainer Extraordinaire, Nancy Wilson, The Original King of Rock and Roll, Little Richard, Nina Simone and Tony-Award Winning Actor, Singer and Songwriter, Clifton Davis. All of whom have given Julie valuable advise, support and guidance when it comes to maneuvering through the business of entertainment on your our terms.
Julie has collaborated with, and supplied guest vocals for the likes of Earth, Wind and Fire, The Emotions, and her former husband, Brian McKnight. Coming into her own in the late 90’s, Julie, herself would let her own star shine bright enjoying a variety of accolades to include, winning honors for “Finally” the 2001 MTV2 Dancestar Music Awards Song of the Year, Best vocalist, and Best live PA nominations 2005 Dance Music Awards. Julie has brought down the house performing at the majority of the world’s hottest stages, festivals and nightclubs spanning from N.Y. and San Francisco to the Isle of Ibiza. In addition, Julie’s versatility as a vocal stylist was also put on the frontline this year while touring with her elder sibling, Victor Brooks, Jr., composer and vocalist for his own brazilian world music oriented CD, “Samba Soul”,as well as lending her talents to Ze Ricardo and his band in Brazil respectively.
Julie is currently, touring the world, and anticipates 2012 to be a stellar year, with the arrival of yet another new smash entitled “CANT BREATHE” a dance/electronic pop stormer produced and written again by Jay Sinister Sealee, with versions by DAVID GUETTA as well as the anticipated acoustic pop version of the classic “Finally”, which both are destined for high placement on the dance electronic pop charts and radio waves worldwide, the sky is the limit. Julie also will be supplying her vocal talents this year to yet another Jay Sealee David Guetta collaboration entitled “SCREAM” coming summer 2012. With her love for all types of music genres, we can only anticipate that the best is yet to come.