Julia Marcell

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Julia Marcell
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Marcell in 2012
Background information
Birth name Julia Górniewicz
Born 1982 (age 31–32)
Origin Olsztyn, Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship, Poland
Genres Indie, experimental music, anti-folk, acoustic music, synthpop
Occupations Singer-songwriter, pianist
Years active 2007–present
Labels Haldern Pop Recordings, Mystic Production, Sellaband in 2007–2008
Associated acts Voltaire
Website www.juliamarcell.com
Notable instruments
Piano, strings, drums

Julia Marcell is a Polish/German singer-songwriter and pianist.


Marcell was born Julia Górniewicz in Olsztyn, Poland in 1982. Her father, Józef Górniewicz (pl), is a Polish pedagogue and was the dean of the University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn from 2008 to 2012. She wrote songs since she was 14 years old, and circa 2007 she learned how to play the piano.[1] In 2007, she released her first album, the currently out-of-print extended play Storm.

In October 2007, with the help of fans from around the world, she obtained a sum of US$ 50,000 (through the website Sellaband) in order to record her first studio album. Titled It Might Like You, it was released in Germany in 2009 and produced by Moses Schneider, who previously worked with bands such as Beatsteaks, Kreator and Tocotronic.

In 2008, Marcell sang a duet with Cuban American dark cabaret singer Voltaire, named "This Sea". The song appears on his album To the Bottom of the Sea. On the same album, Voltaire makes a cover of her song "Accordion Player".

On September 30, 2011, she released a second studio album, entitled June, which brought a big change in style and saw Marcell play with rhythm and expand her sound with the addition of electronic instruments.[2] June's first single, "Matrioszka", was released on August 7, 2011 as a teaser. The music video for "Matrioszka" was released on August 27, 2011. The second single for June, "CTRL", was released on November 30, 2011. The third single, "I Wanna Get on Fire", was released in June 20, 2012, alongside a music video. For June, Marcell was awarded with the prestigious Paszport Polityki prize in 2011, in the "Popular Music" category,[3] and in 2012 she was nominated to seven Fryderyks, winning one of them.

In 2014, she would collaborate with Voltaire once more, providing additional vocals on inumerous tracks of his album Raised by Bats.[4]

She currently resides in Berlin, Germany.


Studio albums[edit]

Extended plays[edit]


  • "Night of the Living Dead" (2008)
  • "Matrioszka" (2011)
  • "CTRL" (2011)
  • "I Wanna Get on Fire" (2012)

Band members[edit]

  • Mandy Ping-Pong — viola, backing vocals
  • Thomsen Slowey Merkel, Beat Halberschmidt, Carsten Hein — bass
  • Sebastian Schmidt, Thomas Fietz — drums


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