Julia Marcell

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Julia Marcell
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Marcell in 2012
Background information
Birth name Julia Górniewicz
Born 1982 (age 34–35)
Origin Olsztyn, Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship, Poland
Genres Baroque pop, experimental music, anti-folk, acoustic music, synthpop, indie pop
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, pianist
Years active 2007–present
Labels Galapagos Music, Sellaband, Inappropriate Behaviour, Haldern, Mystic Production
Associated acts Voltaire
Website www.juliamarcell.com

Julia Marcell (born 1982[1]) is a Polish singer-songwriter and pianist.


Marcell was born Julia Górniewicz in Olsztyn, Poland in 1982. Her father, Józef Górniewicz, is a Polish pedagogue and was the dean of the University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn from 2008 to 2012. She wrote songs since she was 14 years old, and circa 2007 she learned how to play the piano.[2] In 2007, she released her first album, the currently out-of-print extended play Storm.

In October 2007, with the help of fans from around the world, she obtained a sum of US$50,000 (through the website Sellaband) in order to record her first studio album. Titled It Might Like You, it was released in Germany in 2009 and produced by Moses Schneider, who previously worked with bands such as Turbostaat, Beatsteaks, Kreator and Tocotronic.

In 2008, Marcell sang a duet with Cuban American dark cabaret singer Voltaire, named "This Sea". The song appears on his album To the Bottom of the Sea. On the same album, Voltaire makes a cover of her song "Accordion Player".

On 3 October 2011 she released a second studio album, entitled June, which brought a big change in style and saw Marcell play with rhythm and expand her sound with the addition of electronic instruments.[3] June's first single, "Matrioszka", was released on August 7, 2011 as a teaser. The music video for "Matrioszka" was released on 27 August 2011. The second single for June, "CTRL", was released on 30 November 2011. The third single, "I Wanna Get on Fire", was released on 20 June 2012, alongside a music video. For June, Marcell was awarded with the prestigious Paszport Polityki prize in 2011, in the "Popular Music" category,[4] and in 2012 she was nominated to seven Fryderyks, winning one of them.

In 2013 she collaborated with theatre director Krzysztof Garbaczewski by providing the music to his adaptations of Marcin Cecko's Kamienne niebo zamiast gwiazd[5] and Witold Gombrowicz's Kronos.[6]

In 2014 she would collaborate with Voltaire once more, providing additional vocals for the track "The Devil and Mr. Jones", off his album Raised by Bats,[7] and also composed the soundtrack of Przemysław Wojcieszek's film Jak całkowicie zniknąć.[8]

Her third studio album, Sentiments, was released on 6 October 2014. On 10 September 2014 she released a music video for one of the tracks that would appear on the album, "Manners".

On 5 January 2016 Marcell announced on her official Facebook page that she began work on her fourth album, Proxy,[9] which was eventually released on 11 March 2016.[10] On the same day she released the promotional single "Andrew" on iTunes.[11]

She resides in Berlin, Germany.


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
Storm (EP)
  • Released: 2007
  • Label: Self-released
  • Formats: CD
It Might Like You
  • Released: October 16, 2009[14]
  • Label: Galapagos Music, Sellaband
  • Formats: CD, digital download[15]
  • Released: October 3, 2011[16]
  • Label: Mystic Production, Haldern[17]
  • Formats: CD, digital download[18]
  • Released: October 6, 2014[19]
  • Label: Mystic Production
  • Formats: CD, digital download[20]
  • Released: March 11, 2016[21]
  • Label: Mystic Production
  • Formats: CD, digital download[22]
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Music videos[edit]

Title Year Directed Album
"Matrioszka"[23] 2011 Iwona Bielecka June
"CTRL"[24] Iwona Bielecka, Julia Marcell
"I Wanna Get on Fire"[25] 2012
"Manners"[26] 2014 Julia Sausen, Julia Marcell Sentiments
"Andrew"[27] 2016 Julia Sausen, Julia Marcell Proxy


  1. ^ "Julia Marcell nominowana do Paszportu Polityki". www.polityka.pl (in Polish). Retrieved 2012-02-22. 
  2. ^ Interview with Julia Marcell, July 3, 2010. (in Polish)
  3. ^ Julia Marcell - Haldern Pop. Archived 2011-12-03 at the Wayback Machine. (in German)
  4. ^ Relacja z gali Paszporty Polityki 2011 (in Polish)
  5. ^ ""Kamienne niebo zamiast gwiazd" Krzysztofa Garbaczewskiego" (in Polish). Culture.pl. 
  6. ^ "Projekt "Kronos" - Teatr Polski we Wrocławiu" (in Polish). 
  7. ^ Voltaire - Raised by Bats
  8. ^ ""Jak całkowicie zniknąć" Wojcieszka w kinach 17 kwietnia" (in Polish). Interia.pl. 
  9. ^ Proxy+Autograf Pre-Order Premiera: 11.03.2016 (Uwaga! Wysyłamy Najwcześniej 09.03) (in Polish)
  10. ^ Julia Marcell – Facebook (5 January 2016) (in Polish)
  11. ^ "Andrew - Single by Julia Marcell on iTunes". Archived from the original on 2016-02-07. Retrieved 2016-05-15. 
  12. ^ "Oficjalna lista sprzedaży :: OLiS - Official Retail Sales Chart". olis.onyx.pl. Retrieved 2016-05-15. 
  13. ^ "Oficjalna lista sprzedaży :: OLiS - Official Retail Sales Chart". olis.onyx.pl. Retrieved 2016-05-15. 
  14. ^ "It Might Like You - Julia Marcell - Muzyka - WP.PL". muzyka.wp.pl. Retrieved 2016-05-15. 
  15. ^ "It Might Like You by Julia Marcell on iTunes". itunes.apple.com. Retrieved 2016-05-15. 
  16. ^ "Julia Marcell - June - Muzyka w Interia.pl". muzyka.interia.pl. Retrieved 2016-05-15. 
  17. ^ "Julia Marcell (PL) › Haldern Pop | Festival | Label | Bar". haldernpop.com. Retrieved 2016-05-15. 
  18. ^ "June by Julia Marcell on iTunes". itunes.apple.com. Retrieved 2016-05-15. 
  19. ^ "Aktualności - Julia Marcell: teledysk i szczegóły nowego albumu! - Wytwórnia płytowa - Mystic Production". mystic.pl. Retrieved 2016-05-15. 
  20. ^ "Sentiments by Julia Marcell on iTunes". itunes.apple.com. Retrieved 2016-05-15. 
  21. ^ "Julia Marcell prezentuje utwór "Tarantino"" (in Polish). muzyka.onet.pl. Retrieved 2016-03-04. 
  22. ^ "Proxy by Julia Marcell on iTunes". itunes.apple.com. Retrieved 2016-08-23. 
  23. ^ "Julia Marcell - Matrioszka (official video) - YouTube". youtube.com. Retrieved 2016-05-15. 
  24. ^ "Julia Marcell - CTRL (official video, director's cut) - YouTube". youtube.com. Retrieved 2016-05-15. 
  25. ^ "Julia Marcell - I Wanna Get On Fire (official video) - YouTube". youtube.com. Retrieved 2016-05-15. 
  26. ^ "Julia Marcell - Manners (official video) - YouTube". youtube.com. Retrieved 2016-05-15. 
  27. ^ "Julia Marcell - Andrew (official video) - YouTube". youtube.com. Retrieved 2016-05-15. 

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