Julia Nunes in June 2012.
|Also known as||"jaaaaaaa" (YouTube user name)|
|Born||January 3, 1989|
|Origin||Fairport, New York, United States|
|Genres||Acoustic pop, Indie pop|
|Instruments||Ukulele, Guitar, Melodica, Piano, Vocals|
|Labels||Rude Butler Records, DFTBA Records|
|Associated acts||Jack Conte, Nataly Dawn, Pomplamoose, Greg Holden, Ben Folds, Ben Kweller, Lauren O'Connell, Ian Axel, Mike Comite, Walk off the Earth, Cathedrals & Cars|
Julia Nunes (born January 3, 1989) is an American singer and songwriter from Fairport, New York. Her career has progressed online through her videos of pop songs on YouTube in which she sings harmony with herself and plays acoustic instruments, primarily the ukulele, guitar, melodica and piano.
Nunes was born into a musical family in New York. Her father is a pianist and a composer of children's songs. One grandfather was a composer of Portuguese fado music and the other a jazz pianist. Nunes started piano lessons at age seven before switching to the guitar in her teens. She started writing songs at age 14 and began playing the ukulele in 2005. She also plays guitar and melodica. She indicated in the comments section of one of her YouTube videos (see below) that she holds dual USA-Portuguese citizenship.
Nunes is known for her videos on YouTube. Among them are original songs, as well as covers of some of Nunes' favorite bands, such as Say Anything, The Beatles, The Beach Boys, and Destiny's Child. Her original songs have been featured on the main page of YouTube twice, under the username 'jaaaaaaa'.
On Good Morning America (June 30, 2008) Molly Ringwald said that she took up the ukulele after seeing Julia Nunes on YouTube. "I've always wanted to play the ukulele, and she completely inspired me," she said.
She opened four times for one of her idols, Ben Folds in May 2008 at the piano player's request and performed at the Bushman Ukulele Luau in May 2008 after having won the 2007 Bushman World Ukulele Video Contest. She performed at The Knitting Factory in New York. On October 25, 2008, she opened for The Bacon Brothers at The State University of New York at Geneseo. On November 22, 2008, Nunes performed her song "Maybe I Will" on YouTube Live '08 in San Francisco. She was joined onstage by The YouTube Ukulele Orchestra, which is composed of fellow YouTube ukulele players Wade Johnston, Dustin Domingo, Philip Fernandez, and Narciso Lobo. In January 2009 Nunes played four sold out shows in London, England, and was interviewed and performed on BBC Radio 1. In June 2009, she played two shows, and participated in the artist signing tent, at Bonnaroo, the independent music festival in Manchester TN, and a second tour of England. She began recording her third CD of original music in August 2009., working with Jack Conte and Nataly Dawn of Pomplamoose as producers.
She played at Bonnaroo 2010, her second time there. Nunes started the event on the main stage at noon 11 June 2010, and also played alongside Weezer on the second night. Nunes opened for Ben Kweller at Indiana University's Buskirk-Chumley Theater on November 13, 2010, as a part of Ben Kweller's tour. On January 24, 2012, Nunes made her television debut, performing "Stay Awake" on Conan.
In December 2008, Nunes participated in the Vlogbrothers' Project4Awesome. Rather than tell YouTubers to donate time or money to a charity, she offered one of her hand-knit hats on eBay, promising to donate the proceeds of the auction, and her own matching funds, to the Lupus Foundation of America. The hat sold for US$1,250.00, after which she asked her followers to help her make the donation, promising US$500.00 of her own money.
Left Right Wrong
Nunes' first CD Left Right Wrong contained all original compositions and was released in the summer of 2007. It was released independently, published by Junu Music (ASCAP), on Nunes' label Rude Butler Music. Following YouTube success, as of June 2008 Nunes arranged a distribution deal for Left Right Wrong with Burnside Distribution Corporation, and the album can now be purchased through some mainstream sources. The 12 tracks (10 studio, two live) were recorded with just guitar and voice, without the overdubs which feature in her YouTube videos.
- Release date: 2007
- Label: Rude Butler Records
- Format: Digital download
I Wrote These
"I Wrote These", was released on October 15, 2008 containing original compositions by Nunes, except for Track 12 "Sugar Coats" which was co-written with her friend and fellow musician Kirk Stevens. Like her first album, "I Wrote These" was released on her Rude Butler Music label and copyrighted to JuNu Music. The album was tracked and mixed at Studio Arts Entertainment and Hilltop Recording in Greenwich, NY by Peter Kobor and Chris Roberson. The album features mostly acoustic tracks, although she is joined on a few songs by a full band (including Todd Haviland on bass and Dave Harris on drums). Guest vocalists include Dan Gocek, Kirk Stevens, and Andy Martin. Other musical accompaniment includes whistling, finger snapping and beatboxing. "I Wrote These" was mastered by Steve Forney at the studios at Linden Oaks, in Rochester, New York.
- Release date: October 15, 2008
- Label: Rude Butler Records
- Format: Digital download
I Think You Know
She began recording her third CD of original music in August 2009., and worked with Jack Conte and Nataly Dawn of Pomplamoose as producers. The album was released on iTunes on February 2, 2010 through her own record label, Rude Butler Records.
Her first CD of covers is titled YouTube Covers. It was released on November 3, 2010. It features 11 covers from such artists as The Beatles, Queen, Beach Boys, Paramore, and many others. It was released through her own record label, Rude Butler Records.
On June 11, 2011, Nunes launched a Kickstarter page for her fourth album. Her goal was $15,000, but in less than 24 hours, she had already received over $19,000 in donations. By the conclusion of the campaign, the project had $77,888 in donations, making it the third most-funded music project in Kickstarter's history (behind Nataly Dawn's solo album and a collaboration between Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman). On December 6, 2011, she posted the album art, revealing the title to be Settle Down, and announced the album's release date as February 28, 2012.
"He is Mad", "Pizza", and "I Wasn't Worried" are mini-songs roughly a minute in length, all of which Nunes recorded videos for and posted to YouTube. Other songs, like "Odd", "Balloons", "First Impressions", "Comatose", and "Into the Sunshine" appeared on previous albums, but were re-recorded for Settle Down. Nunes also updated the Kickstarter project page with a video of her performing "Stay Awake" in the Kickstarter offices (thanks to the overwhelming success of her campaign). On January 24, 2012, she performed "Stay Awake" on Conan to promote the album.
Julia Nunes' fifth album, titled Some Feelings, was released September 25, 2015. Another Kickstarter project, the album raised $134,403 from 3,258 backers. The video for her single "Make Out" features extended takes of couples kissing, including band members as well as Nunes and her girlfriend Dannielle Owens-Reid.
Nunes resided for a period of time in Brooklyn, New York, and relocated to the Los Angeles area in early 2014.
In February 2015 she stated in an online interview that she is dating Dannielle Owens-Reid, co-founder of the website EveryoneisGay.com and co-author of "This is a Book for Parents of Gay Kids"
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