Julia Stone

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Julia Stone
Stone performing at the 2011 Southbound Festival in Busselton
Stone performing at the 2011 Southbound Festival in Busselton
Background information
Birth nameJulia Natasha Stone
Born (1984-04-13) 13 April 1984 (age 36)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
GenresFolk, acoustic
Occupation(s)Musician, singer-songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, mandolin, piano
Years active2005–present
LabelsEMI, Flock/PIAS, Nettwerk, Discograph
Associated actsAngus & Julia Stone, Angus Stone
Websitejuliastonemusic.com

Julia Natasha Stone (born 13 April 1984) is an Australian folk singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. She is the sister half of Angus & Julia Stone and is also a solo musician. Her debut solo album, The Memory Machine, was released in September 2010. Her second solo album, By the Horns, was released in May 2012, and peaked at No. 11 on the ARIA Albums Chart.

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Julia Natasha Stone was born on 13 April 1984 and grew up in Sydney. Her parents, Kim and John Stone, were both folk musicians.[1] Stone's older sister is Catherine (born ca. 1982) and her younger brother is Angus Stone (born 27 April 1986).[1] Stone attended Newport Primary School and Barrenjoey High School.[1] At primary school she joined the school band with her father teaching and her siblings accompanying.[2] At family gatherings when the children performed, Stone played trumpet, Catherine on saxophone and Angus on trombone with Kim singing and John on keyboard or guitar.[2]

Julia and Angus[edit]

After finishing secondary school and while on a holiday with her brother in South America, Stone was impressed by his musical talent, "[Angus] was writing amazing songs ... [he] had shown me how to play guitar in Bolivia, and those songs had gotten me through that year".[2] Subsequently, Stone started writing her own songs.[1][2] By 2005 Stone was playing at open mic nights, sometimes Angus performed backing vocals – their first such gig, at the Coogee Bay Hotel, they performed "Tears".[3] After playing split sets with each singing backing vocals to the other's material, in 2006, they started a duo, Angus & Julia Stone.[2] In March that year the pair recorded their debut extended play, Chocolates and Cigarettes, which was released in August.[2] Since then the group has released five EPs, a compilation album and four studio albums.

Angus & Julia Stone (Julia at left) performing at Falls Festival, Marion Bay, Tasmania, December 2007.

Angus & Julia Stone's second album, Down the Way (March 2010), debuted at number one on the ARIA Albums Chart and was certified 3× platinum in 2011.[4][5] It was the highest-selling album by an Australian artist for 2010.[6][7] At the ARIA Music Awards of 2010 the duo won ARIA Album of the Year for Down the Way and ARIA Single of the Year for "Big Jet Plane".[8] The track, "Big Jet Plane", was voted at number-one position in the Triple J Hottest 100 in 2011 by the station's listeners.[9]

Solo career[edit]

Despite reaching critical acclaim as a duo, Stone had initially embarked on her musical career to become a solo musician.[10] In September 2010, after five years of recording and touring with the duo, Stone released her debut solo album, The Memory Machine, which charted on the ARIA Albums Chart into the top 100.[11] It was well received by fans and critics. Poppy Reid of The Music Network found that "Julia uses clever vintage horror film posters painted by UK artist Caroline Pedler. The posters depict themes from each song; all of them of course, starring Julia as herself".[12]

In June 2011 she sang backing vocals on "Do You Realize" for The Flaming Lips and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros at a sunrise concert at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.[13] In August that year Stone supported her collaborator, Doveman, at shows in California and New York.[14]

On 25 May 2012 Stone released her second solo album, By the Horns, simultaneously around the world,[10] which debuted at No. 11 on the ARIA Albums Chart.[4] Stone described writing the songs and temporarily parting with Angus, "[w]e had already been working on a new record together but it didn’t feel right ... I was thinking 'I'll make it now and we'll figure out what happens when it happens'".[15] "Then Angus and I were talking on the phone and he'd been working on more stuff on his own as well and we both just agreed – we were both in the same place, ready to put together a collection of our own songs". She worked on the album in California, France, Australia and India.[16]

Originally released in 2010, Julia's cover version of "You're the One That I Want" has been featured on UK and Irish TV channel, Sky's identification ad. The track entered the UK iTunes charts after airing on the commercial.[17]

In 2015, Stone was featured on Jarryd James' single, "Regardless" that peaked at number 48 in Australia in August.[18]

In February 2020, Stone released a cover version of "Beds Are Burning". The song is the lead single from the collaborative album Songs for Australia, released on 5 March 2020.[19]

In July 2020, it was confirmed that Stone had signed with BMG Australia[20] and on 31 October 2020, Stone announced the her third studio album will be released on 19 February 2021, titled Sixty Summers.[21]

Activism[edit]

In September 2012, she featured in a campaign, 30 Songs / 30 Days, to support Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, a multi-platform media project inspired by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn's book of the same title.[22]

Discography[edit]

With Angus and Julia Stone

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with release date, label, and selected chart positions shown
Title Details Peak chart positions
AUS
[23]
BEL
(Vl)

[24]
BEL
(Wa)

[25]
FR
[26]
NED
[27]
The Memory Machine 73 137
By the Horns
  • Released: 25 May 2012
  • Label: EMI Australia
  • Formats: CD, digital download
11 59 53 146 59
Sixty Summers
  • Released: 19 February 2021[21]
  • Label: Julia Stone, BMG
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download, streaming
To be released

Extended Plays[edit]

List of EPs
Title Details
Everything is Christmas
  • Released: 11 December 2020[28]
  • Label: Julia Stone, BMG
  • Formats: digital download streaming
Twin
  • Released: 18 December 2020[29]
  • Label: Julia Stone, BMG
  • Formats: digital download streaming

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with year released, selected chart positions and certifications, and album name shown
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
AUS
[4]
"You're the One That I Want" 2010 Non-album singles
"Maybe" The Memory Machine
"Let's Forget all the Things That We Say"[30] 2012 By the Horns
"It's All Okay"[31]
"Justine"[32]
"I Was Only 19"[33] Non-album single
"Regardless"
(Jarryd James featuring Julia Stone)
2015 48 Thirty One
"Solid Gold"
(Elk Road featuring Julia Stone)[35]
2017
"Breathe it In"
(with Garrett Kato)[36]
2020
"Beds Are Burning"[37] Songs for Australia
"I Want Everything" Only: Music from the Motion Picture
"Break"[38][39] Sixty Summers
"Unreal"[40][41]
"Dance"[42]
"Without Your Love"
(The Paper Kites featuring Julia Stone) [43]
Roses

Television and film[edit]

  • "My Baby": One Tree Hill Season 8, Episode 13 – "The Other Half of Me"[44]
  • "This Love & I'll Be Waiting": The Waiting City
  • "It's All Okay": GREY'S ANATOMY Season9, Episode 3 – "Love the One You're With"
  • "Big Jet Plane": Movie EASY A- In the car with Woodchuck Todd
  • "For You": "Revenge" 2011 ABC Theme song

References[edit]

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  13. ^ "In Case You Missed It: Julia Stone with Flaming Lips and Edward Sharpe in LA". Nettwerk. 3 August 2012. Archived from the original on 5 August 2011. Retrieved 13 December 2012.
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  27. ^ DutchCharts.nl Julia Stone Discography (Dutch Top 40)
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  31. ^ "It's All Okay – single". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  32. ^ "Justine – single". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  33. ^ "I Was Only 19 – single". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
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