'One-On-One with The Gribbler!'
Julie Gribble has just finished working with producer Dan Lavery of the grammy nominated band Tonic. Earlier this year, they independently released Julie’s second record, 'So Typical'.
In October Julie will be performing live on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Currently, she has been named one of the best new artists on KLOS 95.5fm local licks program. She is also always working with new producers and talented songwriters, always looking for a great song. Gribble's music is lyric driven and smooth with sultry melodies that rock with her four piece band or solo.
Fans and industry alike are calling Julie's music 'real' and 'captivating'. Her knack for storytelling offers raw emotion and most importantly a way to relate with audience of all ages. Stage performances of Julie’s are sexy and emotional. Having lived in cities such as Atlanta, NYC, London and Los Angeles, Julie has no shortage of unique life experiences to reflect upon in her lyrics.
Chatting recently with Julie, I first wondered at what young age had she first found herself writing poetry? "I started writing poetry when I was 6 years old. My grandmother had gotten me reading so early that I was already experiencing a wider vocabulary than what I would get at school."
What are your musical memories of growing up in the Gribble household ... and what, if any influence to your career were your parents at that time? "My parents got me into everything when I was little, piano, voice, acting, sports, and they both loved music. So there was always some great jazz playing, or any of the divas. My brother was older and got me into the greats like Floyd and Zepplin really young, so I owe a lot to him for that."
Growing up as a 'Gribble' must have afforded you some nicknames at school ... please list a few so that we might enjoy them also! "I knew that one was coming ... okay, there are so many where to begin ...
Dribble, Cribble, Dabble, Gribblee, ... they are all pretty stupid but the ones my friends called me and still do are The Gribbler, Jules, and The Gribble Master! Great, now I'm in for it, I'm sure!"
The tracks on the new album all seem so real, so revealing ... but are they truly all that way or have some come from other people's journeys, etc.? "I would say 90% of my words are my own journeys. Of course I observe people all the time and I weave their interactions into my own writings as well. But for me music is to share what I feel and hopefully people can relate and it can help them out in their own way."
Which song off your new album truly encapsulates that persona that is Julie Gribble? "My favorite song is 'Little Bit Lonely.' I spend a lot of time alone writing and playing. The song was written on my first tour that I went up and down the west coast with my guitar in my trunk and me, that was it. It was July 4th and I was trying to write down the feeling of being on the road alone, which can be brilliant and heartbreaking all at the same time."
How did it come to be that one of your songs was placed on a Lifetime Movie of the Week?! "It was really random. My producer, Dan Lavery, got them to hear it and it rolled from there."
Why So Typical for the album title ... and what else could it so easily have been called? "The album was originally going to be called 'Simple Grace.' I thought it would come off religious because people hear the word grace and automatically go there with it. 'So Typical' was the last song recorded for the record and it seemed perfect for what I was going through at the time, break-ups can do that to a girl."
Away from music, what do you do given a free weekend? "I usually watch way too much 'Law & Order' on TV. But I love to go camping or anything in nature, puts things back in perspective for me."
Tell me more about your first paycheck and what you spent it on! "Honesty, I'm so broke, I gave it to my publicist. But the last thing I spent any money on was going stock race-car driving. I just want to have enough money to do that every now and then. It's the best rush!!!"
What cheesy '80s song would you love to cover if asked ... and why?!" "It would be 'The Tide Is High' by Blondie or 'Time After Time' by Cindi Lauper."
If you were asked to record a single for charity, and had to choose 3 other famous musicians to aid you in the project, who would they be, what instruments would they play, and what would the name of the NEW song be?! "I just actually wrote a song for a documentary about prejudice and world issues, the title is "Such a Shame." I would love to sing with John Mayer and have him play guitar with me, Tori Amos on keys, and have Tricky lay some beats down underneath it all. Crazy mixture but it would be rad!!!"
Finally, I love Penguins ... do you?!" "Penguins rule!!! I love the way they wobble. SWEEET!!"
Interviewed by Russell A. Trunk
If you would like to win an AUTOGRAPHED copy of Julie's brand new CD, just answer this easy question: What "yummy" record label was her first CD released on?!
Send me your answers and if you're correct you'll be in the running to win one of these great new CDs! Just send us an e:mail here before October 31st with your answer and the subject title 'JULIE GRIBBLE SIGNED CDs' to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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