Anjulie performing in 2010
|Birth name||Anjulie Persaud|
May 21, 1983 |
Oakville, Ontario, Canada
|Instruments||Vocals, percussion, guitar, piano, computer music|
|Labels||Universal Republic, Republic|
Anjulie was born and raised in Oakville, Ontario, and is the youngest of four children. She attended St. Ignatius of Loyola Secondary school. Her parents are both Indo-Guyanese, her grandparents having immigrated to Guyana from India. Anjulie's background and what she calls her "racial ambiguity" led to isolation while growing up; in middle school, she said, "the black kids would be on one side and the white kids would be on the other... so I would mostly hang out by myself and write". However, though "it was hard that [she] didn't fit in", she decided to embrace her differences and was driven to "carve [her] own niche".
Anjulie opened for Jesse McCartney during his United States tour in 2009. Her unreleased singles, "Rain", "Crazy That Way", and "The Heat" have been featured on the MTV television series The Hills and "Addicted2Me" on The City. The single "Boom" has been featured on ABC's Eastwick, The CW's Melrose Place, The Vampire Diaries, and Canada's Next Top Model.
Anjulie is currently[when?] working on her latest international album that will include the tracks "White Lights", "Brand New Bitch" (also known as "Brand New Chick"), "Stand Behind the Music", "Headphones", and "You and I". In 2011, "Brand New Bitch" was certified as a platinum digital download in Canada for over 80,000 units sold, and was nominated for Dance Recording of the Year at the 2012 Juno Awards.
In support of her new single "You and I", Anjulie is embarking on a 2012 You and I Tour, with shows in Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, Thunder Bay, Toronto, and Montréal. It was announced that Universal Republic Records was going defunct, making artists from that label including Anjulie move from the roster to Republic Records making the label itself revived.
Songwriting and production
Anjulie began composing her own music as a teenager. She wrote the song "Say Goodbye to Jr. High", contributed background vocals and played percussion for the CD Unfabulous and More. Her debut album was co-written and produced by Jon Levine of The Philosopher Kings.
Anjulie wrote the single "Don't Call Me Baby" by Canadian recording artist Kreesha Turner which reached number eight on Billboard's Canadian Hot 100 in 2008 and number one on the US Billboard Hot Dance/Club Play Chart.
She co-wrote the single "I Want You" with its performer Fefe Dobson. Music videos have been released and the song appears on Dobson's album, Joy (2010). "I Want You" has appeared on various projects ranging from promos for TV shows to promos for films to even a version recorded in Simlish for the PC game The Sims 3: World Adventures. Anjulie's music is featured in the 2009 movie/musical Fame. She wrote and performed "Big Things" which plays during the opening scene of the film.
- Anjulie (2009)
Released on August 4, 2009, Anjulie's self-titled CD reached number two on the US Billboard Heatseekers Albums chart and number 108 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart. The album's first single "Boom", released in 2008, reached number one on the US Dance chart in 2009. Remixes of follow-up "Love Songs" reached the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot Dance/Club Play chart in October 2009.
Awards and nominations
- 2009, nominated for an MTV Video Music Award for "Best Breakthrough Video"
- 2009, nominated for mtvU Woodie Award for "Best Video Woodie" for her single "Boom"
- 2012, nominated for Juno Award for Dance Recording of the Year for "Brand New Chick"
- 2013, won Juno Award for Dance Recording of the Year for "You and I"
- Matt Simpson. "Anjulie – Anjulie". Streetdate.radio.com. Retrieved 2012-04-05.
- Horowitz, Joanna (November 13, 2009). "Anjulie mixes musical styles into a lot of fun". Seattle Times. Retrieved April 5, 2012.
- "Boom: Anjulie Sits Down With StyledOn". StyledOn.com. November 5, 2009. Retrieved April 5, 2012.
- "Anjulie's Facebook Profile"
- Iqbal, Phylis J. Exclusive Interview With Up and Coming Songstress Anjulie Desihits.com. June 30, 2009
- Barker, Victoria (May 11, 2010). "My heritage inspires me, says Anjulie". AsiaOne. Retrieved April 6, 2012.
- "About Anjulie". Concord Music Group. Archived from the original on 8 June 2012.
- Anderson, Jacqui (March 16, 2009). "Q&A: Anjulie Boom". Tampa Bay Metromix.
- Pritchard, Trevor (July 27, 2009). "Getting fired works out for Anjulie". Toronto Sun.
- Bhansali, Akshay (2009-02-27). "Jesse McCartney Fans Can Vouch: Keep An Eye On Anjulie!". MTV Newsroom.
- MelroSe Place! Eastwick! Fame! Whip It!! Anjulie blog. October 1, 2009.
- Brockington, Ryan (October 9, 2009). "The week's best music on TV". New York Post. "Vampire Diaries" - Episode 1.5 "You're Undead To Me".
- "Anjulie Joins Raphael Saadiq for Upcoming U.S. Tour! And, "Boom" Nominated for Best Video Woodie at mtvU's Woodie Awards". ConcordMusicPress.com. October 8, 2009.
- "SONY/ATV goes "Boom" with Anjulie". Music Publisher Canada. Vol. 8, No. 3. Summer 2009.
- "Shwayze confirm Australian headline shows, and you could be there!". GetMusic.com.au. 3 February 2010.
- Bhansali, Akshay, Anjulie Says Madonna Inspired New Video 'Rain' MTV Newsroom. October 1, 2009.
- Bell, Mike (March 21, 2012). "Hedley Storms Saddledome and Lets Good Times Roll". Calgary Herald.
- Saxberg, Lynn (2012-03-12). "Anjulie is Canada's Brand New Chick". Canada.
- Hilton, Perez (8/21/2012 11:04 PM ET). "Put On Your Headphones And RAWK OUT To Anjulie!".
- "Canadian certifications – Anjulie – Brand New Chick/Bitch". Music Canada.
- "Dance Recording of the Year: Yearly summary: 2012". JunoAwards.ca. Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved April 8, 2012.
- Anjulie. "BUY TIX HERE!! You and I Tour Vancouver Calgary Winnipeg Thunder Bay Toronto Montreal »". anjulie.tumblr.com. Retrieved 15 November 2012.
- "Anjulie now with Republic". Retrieved November 24, 2012.
- "Anjulie's Debut Album at MP3.com"
- "I Want You". ASCAP. Retrieved 2009-09-04.
- "The Sims 3 World Adventures Gets an All-Star Soundtrack: LeAnn Rimes, Fefe Dobson, Natalie Portman's Shaved Head and more each sing a tune in Simlish." (Press release). IGN.com. October 13, 2009.(Archived by WebCite at link on 2009-10-13)
- Fame – Complete Soundtrack Track Listing
- Billboard Album Chart History
- Concord Music Group: Anjulie Goes 'Boom' 07 November 2008.
- Concord Music Group: Anjulie CD-DVD
- "Love Songs" on Billboard Hot Dance/Club Play
- "Rain" debut on Billboard Hot Dance/Club Play
- 2009 MTV Video Music Awards: Breakthrough Video MTV.com
- 2009 mtvU Woodie Awards: Best Video Woodie MTV.com