Julian Velard at Paradiso Grote Zaal in Amsterdam, NL, November 2014
|Birth name||Julian Adam Velard|
October 6, 1979 |
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Labels||Lucky Number (2007)
Angel Music (2007–2008)
Virgin Records (2008–2009)
Planeteer Records (2010–2012)
Chloebro Records (2014-Present)
Julian Velard (born October 6, 1979), is an American pianist and singer-songwriter, born and raised in New York City. In addition to releasing albums of original material, he is a regular guest on NPR's Ask Me Another and The Wrap Up Show. Velard teaches music and songwriting on the online training site Lynda.com.
Velard was born in New York City on the Upper West Side on Manhattan. His mother, Margaret, is a former actress turned Real Estate Agent. She is also a 4-time Jeopardy Champion and queen-sized legs model who moved to New York from Alabama at the age of 21. His father, Maxime, was a hidden child during the Holocaust. He emigrated from Paris in 1963 and worked in computers and designed the technology for the first ATM for Citibank.
Velard attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, also known as “The Fame School”. There he was classmates with actor Adrian Grenier and singer Kelis, among others. He then attended Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts where he majored in composition. There he studied directly under Jazz legend Yusef Lateef. He also spent a semester abroad in Paris where he studied with pianist Kirk Lightsey from Dexter Gordon’s band and The Leaders.
Upon graduating college, Velard moved to Brooklyn and began his career as a professional musician. Gigging at night, he supported himself by working as Kindergarten Gym Teacher. In 2003 he released his debut album, Nitetime.
In the fall of 2006 Velard released an EP entitled The Movies Without You, produced by Roger Greenawalt. The EP garnered buzz in UK Record Industry Circles and in 2007, Velard signed a multi record deal with Angel Music Group and subsequently moved to London. There he performed at the second ever Latitude Festival. He also played the iTunes Festival co-billing with José González. The following year he was the opening act for Amy Macdonald on both legs of her This Is The Life UK Tour.
In London he used the songs on the EP to create what would should have been his first major label release, The Planeteer. Produced by Steve Power, the recording process took close to a year. On June 16, 2008, Velard’s debut single, Jimmy Dean & Steve McQueen was released in the UK. The song was in heavy rotation on BBC Radio 2 and Velard appeared on The Dermot O’Leary Show. He was also a guest on ITV’s This Morning. On June 18, 2008 EMI eliminated 2,000 positions worldwide including the Charisma imprint. The Planeteer was shelved and Velard was moved over to Virgin Records. In May 2009, Velard was dropped by Virgin and subsequently moved back to New York. He was given back the record and released The Planeteer independently in November 2009. Soon after Olly Murs recorded Velard’s song Hold On for his debut album, Olly Murs (album) which went on to go 2x platinum in the UK. During this time he opened the first half of Jamie Cullum's US Tour.
In 2011 Velard reemerged with a new album, Mr. Saturday Night, and a deal through Shamrock Solutions.The album was well received in the UK, with Velard appearing on ITV’s This Morning as well as The Alan Titchmarsh Show and BBC’s The Review Show. The album was also released in the Netherlands due to an online discovery by radio and TV host Gerard Ekdom. After connecting with Ekdom on Twitter, Velard subsequently signed a deal with Go Entertainment. He has gone on to success in the Netherlands, playing Serious Request, and heading his own show at Paradiso (Amsterdam).
On June 16, 2014, If You Don't Like It, You Can Leave was released worldwide. The album was well received by critics. The first two singles off the album, I Don't Know How To Drive and No One's Getting Married Tonight, were both airplay hits in the Netherlands. Velard opened a tour for Paul Carrack that July.
On November 18 2015, Velard appeared for the first time on The Wrap-Up Show. Velard has since become a regular on the show, and several of his original, improvised songs have been played on The Howard Stern Show. His rendition of "La Cunta Caldo" has become a fan favorite.
On February 2, 2016, Velard launched a PledgeMusic campaign for his next record. The album, titled Fancy Words For Failure, is due for release on June 16, 2017
- 2003 Nitetime
- 2009 The Planeteer
- 2011 Mr. Saturday Night
- 2014 If You Don’t Like It, You Can Leave
- 2017 Fancy Words For Failure
EPs, singles and live recordings
- 2003 Make Me Feel
- 2006 The Movies Without You
- 2009 Another Guy's Song
- 2012 The Mighty Lin
- 2012 Person Of Interest
- 2013 Tiny Aeroplane
- 2015 The Night Ed Sheeran Slept On My Couch
- 2017 Sweatpants on the Living Room Floor
- "Blurred Rhymes". NPR. Retrieved 3 April 2014.
- "Julian Velard". Lynda.com. Retrieved 27 November 2015.
- Paul Lester, New Band Of The Day, No 312 Julian Velard, The Guardian, (April 29, 2008)
- Paul Lester, Julian Velard: Sad, Lonely… and loved by Housewives, The Jewish Chronicle (June 20, 2008)
- Dan Kane, Julian Velard to Perform Heartfelt Songs at Auricle, Cantonrep.com (October 28, 2011)
- Gary K Julian Velard, (May 27, 2008)
- Lyndsey Ure, Saturday 24/5/08 Amy Macdonald, Julian Velard, Pete Du Pon @ Carling Academy Glasgow, (May 28, 2008)
- Julian Velard On The Dermot O'Leary Show
- Tim Agrango, EMI’s New Boss Sees Cracks in Music World, (June 16, 2008)
- Alan Jones, "Official Album Chart analysis: Olly Murs becomes 10th X-Factor No.1". Music Week. Retrieved December 4, 2011.
- Dave Lifton, "CD Review: If You Don't Like It, You Can Leave", (June 10, 2014)
- "This Week's New Tracks", (October 2, 2015)