Anjulie

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Anjulie
A woman singing into a microphone
Anjulie performing in 2010
Background information
Birth name Anjulie Persaud
Born (1983-05-21) May 21, 1983 (age 34)[1][2][3]
Oakville, Ontario, Canada
Genres
Occupation(s)
Instruments
Years active 2007–present
Labels
Website anjuliemusic.com

Anjulie (born Anjulie Persaud;[6] May 21, 1983) is a Canadian singer and songwriter, who has released one self-titled album,[7] and has written songs for Kelly Clarkson, Nicki Minaj, Icona Pop, Fefe Dobson, and Kreesha Turner, among others.[8]

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Anjulie was born and raised in Oakville, Ontario,[9] and is the youngest of four children. She attended St. Ignatius of Loyola Secondary school.[10] Her parents are both Indo-Guyanese, her grandparents having immigrated to Guyana from India.[2][11] 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".[11] However, though "it was hard that [she] didn't fit in",[6] she decided to embrace her differences and was driven to "carve [her] own niche".[11]

Music career[edit]

Anjulie became "obsessed with music" and was inspired to become a performer after watching Janet Jackson's Velvet Rope Tour.[12] She opened for Jesse McCartney during his United States tour in 2009.[13][14] The songs, "Rain", "Crazy That Way", and "The Heat" were featured on the MTV television series The Hills[11] and "Addicted2Me" on The City.[14] The single "Boom" has been featured on ABC's Eastwick, The CW's Melrose Place,[15] The Vampire Diaries,[16][17] and Canada's Next Top Model.[18]

Anjulie has toured with Shwayze and Bobby Ray aka B.o.B.,[19][20] toured Fall/Winter (2009–2010) with Raphael Saadiq,[17] and opened for Hedley on their tour in support of Storms.[21]

In 2011 the songs "White Lights", "Brand New Bitch" (also known as "Brand New Chick"), "Stand Behind the Music",[22] "Headphones",[23] and "You and I" were produced. In 2011, the single "Brand New Bitch" was certified as a platinum digital download in Canada for over 80,000 units sold,[24] and was nominated for Dance Recording of the Year at the 2012 Juno Awards.[25] In support of her new single "You and I", Anjulie embarked on a You and I Tour in 2012.[26] In the same year, it was announced that Universal Republic Records was going defunct, making artists from that label including Anjulie move from the roster to Republic Records.[27]

Songwriting and production[edit]

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.[28]

Anjulie wrote the single "Don't Call Me Baby" by Canadian recording artist Kreesha Turner together with two other songs on the album Passion.[29]

She co-wrote the single "I Want You" with its performer Fefe Dobson,[30] that appears on Dobson's album, Joy (2010).[31] Anjulie's music is featured in the 2009 movie/musical Fame. She wrote and performed "Big Things"[32] which plays during the opening scene of the film. "Stand Behind The Music" was covered by Cher Lloyd in 2012 for her album Sticks & Stones.[33]

Anjulie also co-wrote "The Boys" by Nicki Minaj.[34]

Discography[edit]

  • Anjulie (2009)
  • Into The Fire (with VINAI) (2016)

Chart performance[edit]

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.[7] The album's first single "Boom", released in 2008,[35] reached number one on the US Dance chart in 2009.[18][36] Remixes of follow-up "Love Songs" reached the Top 10 on the US Hot Dance/Club Play chart in October 2009.[37]

"Rain" debuted on the Hot Dance/Club Play chart in November 2009 at number forty-eight. After nine weeks on the chart it reached a peak of three.[7]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Personal life[edit]

In 2014, Anjulie was in a relationship with television host and political commentator Bill Maher.[40]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Simpson, Matt. "Anjulie – Anjulie". Streetdate.radio.com. Archived from the original on 2012-01-27. Retrieved 2012-04-05. 
  2. ^ a b Horowitz, Joanna (November 13, 2009). "Anjulie mixes musical styles into a lot of fun". Seattle Times. Retrieved April 5, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Boom: Anjulie Sits Down With StyledOn". StyledOn.com. November 5, 2009. Retrieved April 5, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Anjulie". Facebook. Retrieved August 10, 2015. 
  5. ^ Iqbal, Phylis J. Exclusive Interview With Up and Coming Songstress Anjulie Desihits.com. June 30, 2009
  6. ^ a b Barker, Victoria (May 11, 2010). "My heritage inspires me, says Anjulie". AsiaOne. Retrieved April 6, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b c Billboard Album Chart History
  8. ^ "Anjulie (writing credits)". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-11-23. 
  9. ^ "Getting fired turned into a big opportunity for singer-songwriter Anjulie". Metro. Retrieved October 25, 2017. 
  10. ^ "About Anjulie". Concord Music Group. Archived from the original on June 8, 2012. 
  11. ^ a b c d Anderson, Jacqui (March 16, 2009). "Q&A: Anjulie Boom". Tampa Bay Metromix. 
  12. ^ "Anjulie - Who is Anjulie - Bio, Videos and Pictures on MuchMusic.com". MuchMusic. Archived from the original on April 7, 2014. Retrieved July 3, 2014. 
  13. ^ Pritchard, Trevor (July 27, 2009). "Getting fired works out for Anjulie". Toronto Sun. 
  14. ^ a b Bhansali, Akshay (2009-02-27). "Jesse McCartney Fans Can Vouch: Keep An Eye On Anjulie!". MTV Newsroom. 
  15. ^ MelroSe Place! Eastwick! Fame! Whip It!![permanent dead link] Anjulie blog. October 1, 2009.
  16. ^ 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".
  17. ^ a b "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. Archived from the original on August 13, 2011. 
  18. ^ a b "SONY/ATV goes "Boom" with Anjulie" (PDF). Music Publisher Canada. Vol. 8, No. 3. Summer 2009. [permanent dead link]
  19. ^ "Shwayze confirm Australian headline shows, and you could be there!". GetMusic.com.au. 3 February 2010. [permanent dead link]
  20. ^ Bhansali, Akshay, Anjulie Says Madonna Inspired New Video 'Rain' MTV Newsroom. October 1, 2009.
  21. ^ Bell, Mike (March 21, 2012). "Hedley Storms Saddledome and Lets Good Times Roll". Calgary Herald. 
  22. ^ Saxberg, Lynn (2012-03-12). "Anjulie is Canada's Brand New Chick". Canada. 
  23. ^ Hilton, Perez (August 21, 2012). "Put On Your Headphones And RAWK OUT To Anjulie!". 
  24. ^ "Canadian certifications – Anjulie – Brand New Chick/Bitch". Music Canada. 
  25. ^ a b "Dance Recording of the Year: Yearly summary: 2012". JunoAwards.ca. Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on December 2, 2013. Retrieved April 8, 2012. 
  26. ^ Anjulie. "BUY TIX HERE!! You and I Tour Vancouver Calgary Winnipeg Thunder Bay Toronto Montreal »". anjulie.tumblr.com. Retrieved 15 November 2012. 
  27. ^ "Anjulie now with Republic". Archived from the original on October 30, 2012. Retrieved November 24, 2012. 
  28. ^ "Anjulie - Anjulie". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-11-23. 
  29. ^ "Kreesha Turner - Passion". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-11-23. 
  30. ^ "I Want You". ASCAP. Retrieved 2009-09-04. 
  31. ^ "Fefe Dobson - Joy". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-11-23. 
  32. ^ "Fame – Complete Soundtrack Track Listing". Retrieved August 10, 2015. 
  33. ^ "Cher Lloyd - Sticks & Stones". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-11-23. 
  34. ^ "The Boys - Nicki Minaj | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-11-23. 
  35. ^ Concord Music Group: Anjulie Goes 'Boom' Archived June 3, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. 07 November 2008.
  36. ^ "Anjulie - Concord Music Group". Concord Music Group. Retrieved August 10, 2015. 
  37. ^ "Artists - Top Music Artists and Bands". Billboard. Retrieved August 10, 2015. 
  38. ^ 2009 MTV Video Music Awards: Breakthrough Video MTV.com
  39. ^ 2009 mtvU Woodie Awards: Best Video Woodie MTV.com
  40. ^ Kennedy, John (March 22, 2014). "Bill Maher supports Rob Ford". Global News. Retrieved December 17, 2014. 

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