|Rochester native and singer/songwriter Juliet Lloyd embraces elements of jazz, pop, and classic soul to create a piano-driven sound all of her own. Lloyd possesses "a voice that can knock you over with its richness and natural strength," while her tunes are "soulful, emotive and loaded with groove."
|Juliet Lloyd - piano/vocals
Rob Massoud - bass
Jake Hertzog - guitar
Geoffrey Morgan - drums
Spike Dixon - alto sax
|Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway, Angie Stone, Alicia Keys, Aretha Franklin, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield, The Temptations, Gladys Knight, Roberta Flack, The Chi-Lites, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, Mariah Carey, Lauryn Hill, Herbie Hancock, Tower of Power, Soulive, Clifford Brown, Brian McKnight, Jill Scott, India.Arie, Etta James, Carole King
|In the few short years since penning her first song, Boston-based singer/songwriter Juliet Lloyd has quickly gained a name for herself as an accomplished songwriter with an irresistible blend of classic soul/R&B grooves, jazzy harmonies, and pop sensibilities. She won awards from both Billboard Magazine and Berklee College of Music for two of her earliest songs, was chosen as a semi-finalist in 2005’s Acoustic Live competition in Los Angeles, and also in 2005 was invited to take part in the prestigious NY Songwriters’ Circle. Her debut album, All Dressed Up (released in April 2005), featured 9 original songs and garnered immediate comparisons to, among others, Steely Dan, Prince, Alicia Keys, and Carole King. Reviewers praised her “soulful songwriting prowess” and “well-crafted lyrics” (Metronome Magazine), while fans consistently marveled at the fact that not a single track on the album is worth skipping – a rarity in today’s single-driven marketplace.
And then there’s the voice. Juliet’s voice seemingly launched a thousand adjectives during the promotion of All Dressed Up, everything from “sultry” and “superb,” to “rich” and “ethereal.” The one thing everyone can agree on, however, is that the girl has soul. In an era in which the word ‘soul’ is overused to the point of describing practically every singer/songwriter out there, Juliet’s particular brand of soul can’t help but stand out in an old school, blue-eyed way that can “move you from uncontrollable dancing to the brink of tears within a moment” (Rochester Insider). Whether she’s performing an intimate solo set with just her voice and piano, or laying it down with the rest of the band, hearing her live is an unforgettable experience.
Born and raised in upstate NY on a steady diet of music, Juliet tried to resist her childhood rock star dreams as long as possible. She dutifully went to college, earned an honors degree in Economics and was on her way to a top-10 law school when her will power suddenly ran out. Faced with the idea of not having music in her life, she realized it was all she wanted in her life, and promptly decided to surrender to her talents and see how far they would take her. She left her home in Rochester, NY, moved to Boston to attend the esteemed Berklee College of Music on a vocal scholarship, and began making her mark in Boston’s music scene.
Within a year of her first local gig, she had performed, both solo and with her band, in some of Boston’s best clubs – including the Paradise, Scullers, and the Middle East – and gained the attention of local publications such as the Boston Globe. Since then she has expanded throughout the east and west coasts, including the renowned Bitter End, Living Room, and Apollo Theater in NYC, and dates in L.A., Philly, and countless other cities and towns along the way.
In their October 2005 cover story, Boston’s Metronome Magazine wrote “Juliet's songs offer the kind of music that should be heard in every club and venue throughout New England and beyond.” Venue by venue, city by city, Juliet is doing just that – bringing her songs to all who will listen. With plans for the follow up album already in motion, and the summer of 2006 rapidly filling up with festival dates and more touring, fans of this emerging artist have much to look forward to in the coming months.