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Juliet Turner is a singer/songwriter from Tummery, near Omagh, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. She has been a part of the Dublin music scene since she started recording in 1996. In the course of her career she has opened for such artists as Bob Dylan, U2 and Bryan Adams and toured with Roger McGuinn, Joan Armatrading and Brian Kennedy. Turner also sang on two tracks of Peter Mulvey's live album Glencree. Her first album "Lets Hear it for Pizza" was released in 1996 on the Scottish label "Sticky Music" followed by "Burn the Black Suit" released on her own "Hear This! Records" label. This album went double platinum in Ireland, and was voted one of the top 100 Irish albums of all time by HotPress Magazine readers. In 2004, Turner released "Season of the Hurricane" which went gold in Ireland, followed by a live album "Juliet Turner Live from the Spirit Store" in 2006. However, it is the 2008 release "People have Names" which is garnering critical acclaim, described by the Irish Times as "a gloriously taut collection of songs", by the Belfast Telegraph as "The album of her life", and HotPress as "a serious contender for album of the year"
In August 1998, Turner sang the song "Broken Things" (originally released by American Julie Miller) to crowded streets at the memorial service for the victims of the Omagh bombing. She ruled out releasing the song as a single, although it did subsequently appear on the compilation "Across The Bridge Of Hope", due to public demand for a recording of her version of the song.
In autumn 2002, Turner picked up a “Best Newcomer in Music” award from the London based “Irish Post” newspaper and another award for her contribution to music from Tatler Magazine at their Women of the Year ceremony in Dublin – Turner was the first woman to receive this award.
In February 2005, Turner was awarded the Meteor Music Award for best Irish female performer.
From September 2006 to June 2010, Turner studied for a degree in Clinical Speech and Language Studies at Trinity College Dublin, but combined this with an on-going schedule of gigs to support the album People Have Names.
- 1996 - Let's Hear It For Pizza
- 2000 - Burn The Black Suit
- 2004 - Season Of The Hurricane
- 2005 - Live from the Spirit Store
- 2008 - People Have Names
- 2000 - "Take The Money And Run"
- 2000 - "Dr Fell"
- 2001 - "Burn The Black Suit"
- 2003 - "Everything Beautiful is Burning" / "Tuesday Night Ladies"
- 2004 - "1987" / "Belfast Central"
- 2004 - "Vampire" / "Instrumental"
- 2005 - "Business as Usual" / "The Girl with the Smile"
- Turner covered Britney Spears' "Toxic" for Today FM's CD Even Better than the Real Thing Vol. 2. She recorded a cover of "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" by U2 for volume 3.