Julia Stone

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Julia Stone
Angus & Julia Stone @ Sir Stewart Bovell Park (1 1 2011) (5356668456).jpg
Julia Stone performing at the 2011 Southbound Festival in Busselton
Background information
Birth name Julia Natasha Stone
Born (1984-04-13) 13 April 1984 (age 30)
Origin Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Genres Folk, blues, acoustic
Occupation(s) Musician, singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar, trumpet, mandolin, piano, harmonica
Years active 2005–present
Labels EMI, Flock/PIAS, Nettwerk, Discograph
Associated acts Angus & Julia Stone
Angus Stone
Website juliastonemusic.com

Julia Natasha Stone (born 13 April 1984) is an Australian folk-blues singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. She is the sister half of Angus & Julia Stone and is also a solo musician. Her debut solo album, The Memory Machine, was issued in 2010. Her second solo album, By the Horns, appeared in May 2012, which peaked at No. 11 on the ARIA Albums Chart.


Julia Natasha Stone was born on 13 April 1984 and grew up in Sydney. Her parents, John and Kim Stone, were both folk musicians.[1] John was a builder and later became a music teacher, who also performs in a covers band, Backbeat.[1] Stone's older sister is Catherine (born ca. 1982) and her younger brother is Angus Stone (born 27 April 1986).[1] Stone attended Newport Primary School and Barrenjoey High School.[1] At primary school she joined the school band with her father teaching and her siblings accompanying.[2] At family gatherings when the children performed Stone played trumpet, Catherine on saxophone and Angus on trombone.[2] At about the age of 16 years her parents separated and she had a turbulent personal relationship with her boyfriend which broke up after a year.[1][2]

After finishing secondary school and while on a holiday with her brother in South America, Stone was impressed by his musical talent, "[Angus] was writing amazing songs ... [he] had shown me how to play guitar in Bolivia, and those songs had gotten me through that year".[2] Subsequently Stone started writing her own songs.[1][2] By 2005 Stone was playing at open mic nights, sometimes Angus performed backing vocals – their first such gig, at the Coogee Bay Hotel, they performed "Tears".[3] After playing split sets with each singing backing vocals to the other's material, in 2006, they formed a duo, Angus & Julia Stone.[2] In March that year the pair recorded their debut extended play, Chocolates and Cigarettes, which was released in August.[2] Since then the group has released five EPs, a compilation album and three studio albums.

Angus & Julia Stone (Julia at left) performing at Falls Festival, Marion Bay, Tasmania, December 2007.

In late 2010 after five years of recording and touring with the duo, Stone released her debut solo album, The Memory Machine. Which charted on the ARIA Albums Chart into the top 100.[4] It was well received by fans and critics. Poppy Reid of The Music Network found that "Julia uses clever vintage horror film posters painted by UK artist Caroline Pedler. The posters depict themes from each song; all of them of course, starring Julia as herself".[5]

Angus & Julia Stone's second album, Down the Way (March 2010), debuted at number one on the ARIA Albums Chart and was certified 3× platinum in 2011.[6][7] It was the highest-selling album by an Australian artist for 2010.[8][9] At the ARIA Music Awards of 2010 the duo won ARIA Album of the Year for Down the Way and ARIA Single of the Year for "Big Jet Plane".[10] The track, "Big Jet Plane", was voted at number-one position in the Triple J Hottest 100 in 2011 by the station's listeners.[11]

Despite reaching critical acclaim as a duo, Stone had initially embarked on her musical career to become solo musician.[12] In June 2011 she sang backing vocals on "Do You Realize" for The Flaming Lips and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros at a sunrise concert at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.[13] In August that year Stone supported her collaborator, Doveman, at shows in California and New York.[14]

On 25 May 2012 Stone released her second solo album, By the Horns, simultaneously around the world,[12] which debuted at No. 11 on the ARIA Albums Chart.[6] Stone described writing the songs and temporarily parting with Angus, "[w]e had already been working on a new record together but it didn’t feel right ... I was thinking 'I'll make it now and we'll figure out what happens when it happens'".[15] "Then Angus and I were talking on the phone and he'd been working on more stuff on his own as well and we both just agreed – we were both in the same place, ready to put together a collection of our own songs". She worked on the album in California, France, Australia and India.[16]

Originally released in 2010, Julia's cover version of "You're the One That I Want" has been featured on UK and Irish TV channel, Sky's identification ad. The track entered the UK iTunes charts after airing on the commercial.[17] In September 2012, she featured in a campaign, 30 Songs / 30 Days, to support Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, a multi-platform media project inspired by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn's book of the same title.[18]


Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Charts Notes


2010 The Memory Machine
  • Date released: 9 November 2010
  • Record label: EMI
73[4] Tracklist
  1. "This Love"
  2. "My Baby"
  3. "Winter on the Weekend"
  4. "The Memory Machine"
  5. "Catastrophe!"
  6. "Maybe"
  7. "Lights Inside this Dream"
  8. "What’s Wrong with Me"
  9. "Horse with the Wings"
  10. "Where Does the Love Go"
  11. "Chloe's Song" (iTunes exclusive bonus track)
  12. "Where Does the Love Go – Live" (iTunes exclusive bonus track)
2012 By the Horns
  • Date released: 25 May 2012
  • Record label: EMI
11 17 17 146 51 Tracklist
  1. "Let's Forget all the Things That We Say"
  2. "Bloodbuzz Ohio"
  3. "It's all Okay"
  4. "I'm Here, I'm not Here"
  5. "Justine"
  6. "Break Apart"
  7. "With the Light"
  8. "I Want to Live Here"
  9. "By the Horns"
  10. "The Line That Ties Me"
  11. "Some How" (Bonus track)
  12. "The River" (iTunes exclusive bonus track)
  13. "I'm a Liar" (7" vinyl bonus track)
  14. "Here for the Night" (Deluxe edition bonus track)

Extended plays[edit]

EPs / Singles[edit]

Year EP / Singles Charts Album
2012 Let's Forget all the Things That We Say 4-track EP made up of:
"Let's Forget all the Things That We Say"
"Tell Her a Story"
"Take Me Home"
"The Shit That They're Feeding You"

Music videos[edit]

  • "Maybe" – (2010) directed by M. J. Haydon
  • "Let’s Forget all the Things That We Say" – (2012) directed by Jessie Hill
  • "It’s all Okay" – directed by Kiku Ohe
  • "By the Horns" – directed by Jessie Hill
  • "Justine" – directed by Jessie Hill

Television and film[edit]

  • "My Baby": One Tree Hill Season 8, Episode 13 – "The Other Half of Me"[26]
  • "This Love & I'll Be Waiting": The Waiting City

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • Stone was nominated in the music category of YEN Magazine's[27] Young Woman of the Year Awards which took place 25 November 2008.


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  2. ^ a b c d e f g Murfett, Andrew (16 October 2007). "Angus & Julia Stone". The Age (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 9 December 2012. 
  3. ^ Treuen, Jason (24 October 2007). "First and Last Times with Julia Stone". frankie (Morrison Media). Retrieved 10 December 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "ARIA Report – 20th September 2010" (PDF) (1073). Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). 20 September 2010. Retrieved 13 December 2012. 
  5. ^ Reid, Poppy (21 September 201). "Album Review: Julia Stone, The Memory Machine". The Music Network (Peer Group Media). Retrieved 13 December 2012.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  6. ^ a b c Hung, Steffen. "Discography Julia Stone". Australian Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). Retrieved 13 December 2012. 
  7. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2011 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 13 December 2012. 
  8. ^ "ARIA Charts – End of Year Charts – Top 100 Albums 2010". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 10 December 2012. 
  9. ^ Label, Discograph. "Angus & Julia Stone". Discograph. Retrieved 1 May 12.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  10. ^ "ARIA Awards 2010 : History: Winners by Year 2010: 24th Annual ARIA Awards". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 9 November 2010. 
  11. ^ "Hottest 100 2010". Triple J. Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). 
  12. ^ a b "Siblings Angus and Julia Stone reveal their solo singles". The Daily Telegraph (News Limited (News Corporation)). 16 March 2012. Retrieved 13 December 2012. 
  13. ^ "In Case You Missed It: Julia Stone with Flaming Lips and Edward Sharpe in LA". Nettwerk. 3 August 2012. Retrieved 13 December 2012. 
  14. ^ Payne, Jenny (13 April 2012). "Doveman". Columbia Spectator (Spectator Publishing Company). Retrieved 13 December 2012. 
  15. ^ "New Noise: Julia Stone". Wonderland Magazine. 
  16. ^ Chan, Su-Yin. "The Story". Original Matters. Retrieved 1 May 2012. 
  17. ^ unknown, femalefirst. "FemaleFirst". Retrieved 17 May 2012. 
  18. ^ Half the Sky Movement (30 August 2012). "30 Songs / 30 Days for Half the Sky". Maro Chermayeff. Retrieved 13 December 2012. 
  19. ^ AustralianCharts.com Julia Stone discography
  20. ^ AustrianCharts.at Julia Stone Discography (Ö3 Austria Top 40)
  21. ^ Ultratop.be/fr/ Julia Stone Discography (Ultratop 50 (Vlanders)
  22. ^ Ultratop.be/fr/ Julia Stone Discography (Ultratop 40 (Wallonia)
  23. ^ LesCharts.com Julia Stone Discography (SNEP France)
  24. ^ DutchCharts.nl Julia Stone Discography (Dutch Top 40)
  25. ^ Hitparad.ch Julia Stone Discography (Swiss Music Charts)
  26. ^ One Tree Hill, TV Show. "The Other Half of Me". One Tree Hill. Retrieved 24 April 2012. 
  27. ^ "Yen". Yenmag.net. 2012-04-05. Retrieved 2012-04-10.