Julia Deans

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Julia Deans
Julia Deans performing on stage, holding a guitar, lit in yellow.
Julia Deans at Bar Bodega, Wellington, August 2008
Background information
Born (1974-08-27) 27 August 1974 (age 43)
Origin Wellington, New Zealand
Genres Rock, pop, electronica
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1993–present
Labels Wishbone Music, Universal Music Australia, Tardus Music
Associated acts Fur Patrol, The Adults

Julia Deans (born 27 August 1974) is a New Zealand singer-songwriter best known as the lead singer of rock band Fur Patrol.

Banshee Reel[edit]

In the early '90s Deans joined Wellington-based Celtic rock band Banshee Reel. The group released two albums - Culture Vulture (1993) and An Orchestrated Litany of Lies (1995). Banshee Reel toured extensively around New Zealand and overseas. In 1996, after returning to New Zealand from a Canadian tour, Deans and Wellington guitarist Steve Wells decided to form a rock group, which was to become Fur Patrol. [1][2]

Fur Patrol[edit]

Fur Patrol released three albums - Pet (2000), Collider (2003) and Local Kid (2008) and had a number one single with "Lydia" in 2000. The band moved to Melbourne in 2001 to focus on a wider Australian audience. After the lack of success with their third album Local Kid, Fur Patrol went on hiatus.[2][3][4]

Solo career and The Adults[edit]

With a number of songs she had written over the years but thought unsuitable for Fur Patrol, Deans was encouraged by her record company to record a solo album. This became Modern Fables, released in 2010. It was well received and was short-listed for the Taite Music Prize, with single "A New Dialogue" long-listed for the APRA Silver Scroll award.[5][6][7]

Deans then became part of The Adults, a musical collaboration between established New Zealand musicians such as Jon Toogood, Shayne Carter, Tiki Taane and Ladi6. In 2011 the group released a self-titled album which was nominated for Album of the Year at the 2012 New Zealand Music Awards.[8][9][10]

In 2012, Deans released new single "Broken Home". She also embarked on a theatrical project, starring with Jon Toogood in Silo Theatre's production of Brel: The Words and Music of Jacques Brel.[11][12]

In 2013, Deans performed at the Taite Music Prize ceremony in April.[13] Later in the year, Deans and Anika Moa recorded a cover version of "2000 Miles" for the charity album Starship Christmas Album 2013.[14]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Title Details Peak chart
positions
NZ
2010 A New Dialogue EP
  • Released: 9 March 2010[15]
  • Format: Digital download
  • Label: Tardus Music
2010 Modern Fables
  • Released: 4 July 2010[16]
  • Formats: CD/digital download
  • Label: Tardus Music
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that country.

With Banshee Reel[edit]

  • Culture Vulture (1993)
  • An Orchestrated Litany of Lies (1995)
  • "Lament" (1995) NZ: #42[17]

With Fur Patrol[edit]

  • Pet (2000) Wishbone Music
  • Collider (2003) Universal Music Australia
  • Local Kid (2008) Tardus Music

With The Adults[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart
positions
Album
NZ
2011 "The Only Thing"
(with TokyoStreetGang)[18]
Non-album single
2012 "Not Given Lightly"

(Various artists)[19]

Non-album single
"Broken Home"[20] Non-album single
2015 "Team, Ball, Player, Thing"
(#KiwisCureBatten featuring Lorde, Kimbra, Brooke Fraser, et al.)
Non-album single
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that country.

Music videos[edit]

Year Music video Director(s)
2010 "A New Dialogue" Greg Page[21]
2010 "Modern Fables" Mark Burrows[22]
2012 "Broken Home" Stephen Tilley[23]

Awards[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
1999 bNet NZ Music Awards Best Independent Release Starlifter (Fur Patrol) Won[24]
1999 bNet NZ Music Awards Best Fox Julia Deans Won[25]
2001 New Zealand Music Awards Single of the Year "Lydia" (Fur Patrol) Won[26]
2001 New Zealand Music Awards Best Female Vocalist Julia Deans Won[26]
2001 New Zealand Music Awards Best Songwriter "Lydia" Won[26]
2001 New Zealand Music Awards Album of the Year Pet (Fur Patrol) Nominated[26]
2001 APRA Awards Most Performed Work in New Zealand "Lydia" Won
2010 APRA Silver Scroll Short list "A New Dialogue" Shortlisted[6]
2011 Taite Music Prize Short list Modern Fables Shortlisted[7]
2012 APRA Silver Scroll Long list "Anniversary Day" (with Jon Toogood for The Adults) Nominated[27]
2012 New Zealand Music Awards Album of the Year The Adults (with The Adults) Nominated[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Banshee Reel". Celtic Folk Punk. Retrieved 26 October 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "New Zealand Rock" (PDF). Random House NZ. Retrieved 26 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "Fur Patrol". Amplifier. Retrieved 26 October 2012. 
  4. ^ "Life after Lydia". NZ Herald. 28 October 2011. Retrieved 26 October 2012. 
  5. ^ "http://www.nzherald.co.nz/silver-scroll-awards/news/article.cfm?c_id=1500976&objectid=10659854". NZ Herald. 19 July 2010. Retrieved 26 October 2012.  External link in |title= (help)
  6. ^ a b "2010 APRA Silver Scroll Award Finalists". Under the Radar. Retrieved 26 October 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "he 2011Taite Music Prize – Announcing the Finalists!". IMNZ. Retrieved 26 October 2012. 
  8. ^ "Player bios". The Adults. Retrieved 26 October 2012. 
  9. ^ "The Adults". iTunes. Retrieved 26 October 2012. 
  10. ^ a b "2012 Album of the Year". NZMA. Archived from the original on 22 October 2012. Retrieved 26 October 2012. 
  11. ^ "julia deans - broken home sneaky preview". Beneficentia. Retrieved 26 October 2012. 
  12. ^ "Jon Toogood and Julia Deans: To Brel and back". NZ Herald. 18 October 2012. Retrieved 26 October 2012. 
  13. ^ "Taite Music Prize 2013 Finalists Announced". Under the Radar. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  14. ^ "Starship Christmas Album". Starship Foundation. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  15. ^ "A New Dialogue". iTunes. Retrieved 26 October 2012. 
  16. ^ "Modern Fables". iTunes. Retrieved 26 October 2012. 
  17. ^ "BANSHEE REEL IN NEW ZEALAND CHARTS". Charts.org.nz. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  18. ^ "The Only Thing". iTunes. Retrieved 26 October 2012. 
  19. ^ "Not Given Lightly". iTunes. Retrieved 26 October 2012. 
  20. ^ "Broken Home". iTunes. Retrieved 26 October 2012. 
  21. ^ "A New Dialogue". Beneficentia. Retrieved 26 October 2012. 
  22. ^ "Modern Fables". Beneficentia. Retrieved 26 October 2012. 
  23. ^ "Broken Home". Beneficentia. Retrieved 26 October 2012. 
  24. ^ "Just love your music, man". NZ Herald. 30 August 1999. Retrieved 26 October 2012. 
  25. ^ "2005 bNet NZ Music Awards Nominees Announced". NZ Musician. Archived from the original on 14 September 2012. Retrieved 26 October 2012. 
  26. ^ a b c d "2001 Winners". NZ Music Awards. Archived from the original on 13 June 2011. 
  27. ^ "Silver Scroll nominees named". Stuff. Retrieved 26 October 2012. 

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