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Anjulie performing in 2010
Background information
Birth name Anjulie Persaud
Born (1983-05-21) May 21, 1983 (age 33)[1][2][3]
Oakville, Ontario, Canada
Years active 2007–present

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]


Early life[edit]

Anjulie was born and raised in Oakville, Ontario, and is the youngest of four children. She attended St. Ignatius of Loyola Secondary school.[9] Her parents are both Indo-Guyanese, her grandparents having immigrated to Guyana from India.[2][10] 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".[10] 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".[10]

Music career[edit]

Anjulie became "obsessed with music" and was inspired to become a performer after watching Janet Jackson's Velvet Rope Tour.[11] She opened for Jesse McCartney during his United States tour in 2009.[12][13] The songs, "Rain", "Crazy That Way", and "The Heat" were featured on the MTV television series The Hills[10] and "Addicted2Me" on The City.[13] The single "Boom" has been featured on ABC's Eastwick, The CW's Melrose Place,[14] The Vampire Diaries,[15][16] and Canada's Next Top Model.[17]

Anjulie has toured with Shwayze and Bobby Ray aka B.o.B.,[18][19] toured Fall/Winter (2009–2010) with Raphael Saadiq,[16] and opened for Hedley on their tour in support of Storms.[20]

In 2011 the songs "White Lights", "Brand New Bitch" (also known as "Brand New Chick"), "Stand Behind the Music",[21] "Headphones",[22] 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,[23] and was nominated for Dance Recording of the Year at the 2012 Juno Awards.[24] In support of her new single "You and I", Anjulie embarked on a You and I Tour in 2012.[25] 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.[26]

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.[27]

Anjulie wrote the single "Don't Call Me Baby" by Canadian recording artist Kreesha Turner together with two other songs on the album Passion.[28]

She co-wrote the single "I Want You" with its performer Fefe Dobson,[29] that appears on Dobson's album, Joy (2010).[30] Anjulie's music is featured in the 2009 movie/musical Fame. She wrote and performed "Big Things"[31] 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.[32]

Anjulie also co-wrote "The Boys" by Nicki Minaj.[33]


Main article: Anjulie discography
  • 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,[34] reached number one on the US Dance chart in 2009.[17][35] Remixes of follow-up "Love Songs" reached the Top 10 on the US Hot Dance/Club Play chart in October 2009.[36]

"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.[39]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Simpson, Matt. "Anjulie – Anjulie". 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". 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 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. ^ "About Anjulie". Concord Music Group. Archived from the original on June 8, 2012. 
  10. ^ a b c d Anderson, Jacqui (March 16, 2009). "Q&A: Anjulie Boom". Tampa Bay Metromix. 
  11. ^ "Anjulie - Who is Anjulie - Bio, Videos and Pictures on". MuchMusic. Retrieved July 3, 2014. 
  12. ^ Pritchard, Trevor (July 27, 2009). "Getting fired works out for Anjulie". Toronto Sun. 
  13. ^ a b Bhansali, Akshay (2009-02-27). "Jesse McCartney Fans Can Vouch: Keep An Eye On Anjulie!". MTV Newsroom. 
  14. ^ MelroSe Place! Eastwick! Fame! Whip It!![permanent dead link] Anjulie blog. October 1, 2009.
  15. ^ 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".
  16. ^ a b "Anjulie Joins Raphael Saadiq for Upcoming U.S. Tour! And, "Boom" Nominated for Best Video Woodie at mtvU's Woodie Awards". October 8, 2009. 
  17. ^ a b "SONY/ATV goes "Boom" with Anjulie" (PDF). Music Publisher Canada. Vol. 8, No. 3. Summer 2009. 
  18. ^ "Shwayze confirm Australian headline shows, and you could be there!". 3 February 2010. 
  19. ^ Bhansali, Akshay, Anjulie Says Madonna Inspired New Video 'Rain' MTV Newsroom. October 1, 2009.
  20. ^ Bell, Mike (March 21, 2012). "Hedley Storms Saddledome and Lets Good Times Roll". Calgary Herald. 
  21. ^ Saxberg, Lynn (2012-03-12). "Anjulie is Canada's Brand New Chick". Canada. 
  22. ^ Hilton, Perez (August 21, 2012). "Put On Your Headphones And RAWK OUT To Anjulie!". 
  23. ^ "Canadian certifications – Anjulie – Brand New Chick/Bitch". Music Canada. 
  24. ^ a b "Dance Recording of the Year: Yearly summary: 2012". Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved April 8, 2012. 
  25. ^ Anjulie. "BUY TIX HERE!! You and I Tour Vancouver Calgary Winnipeg Thunder Bay Toronto Montreal »". Retrieved 15 November 2012. 
  26. ^ "Anjulie now with Republic". Retrieved November 24, 2012. 
  27. ^ "Anjulie - Anjulie". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-11-23. 
  28. ^ "Kreesha Turner - Passion". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-11-23. 
  29. ^ "I Want You". ASCAP. Retrieved 2009-09-04. 
  30. ^ "Fefe Dobson - Joy". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-11-23. 
  31. ^ "Fame – Complete Soundtrack Track Listing". Retrieved August 10, 2015. 
  32. ^ "Cher Lloyd - Sticks & Stones". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-11-23. 
  33. ^ "The Boys - Nicki Minaj | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-11-23. 
  34. ^ Concord Music Group: Anjulie Goes 'Boom' Archived June 3, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. 07 November 2008.
  35. ^ "Anjulie - Concord Music Group". Concord Music Group. Retrieved August 10, 2015. 
  36. ^ "Artists - Top Music Artists and Bands". Billboard. Retrieved August 10, 2015. 
  37. ^ 2009 MTV Video Music Awards: Breakthrough Video
  38. ^ 2009 mtvU Woodie Awards: Best Video Woodie
  39. ^ Kennedy, John (March 22, 2014). "Bill Maher supports Rob Ford". Global News. Retrieved December 17, 2014. 

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