Julianne Ankley

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Julianne Ankley
Background information
BornPort Huron, Michigan
OriginSE Michigan
GenresCountry, Americana, Rock
Occupation(s)Singer/Songwriter/Visual Artist
Instrument(s)Guitar & Piano
Years active2005 – present
LabelsIndigo Violet Music (BMI)
Websitewww.julianneankley.com www.julianneankleyart.com

Julianne Ankley is a singer/songwriter and visual artist from southeast Michigan. She has won a total of fifteen Detroit Music Awards, including Outstanding Country Vocalist and Outstanding Country Recording at the 2021 Detroit Music Awards, Julianne's music includes Motown, Country and Roots music influences.[1][2][3]

Ankley has performed the national anthem for the Detroit Red Wings, the Detroit Tigers, the Toledo Mud Hens, and for nine seasons was the "Voice of the Icehawks" for the Port Huron IHL Icehawks.


In 2010, Ankley was a finalist in the Merlefest Songwriter Competition for her song: "It Ain't Over"[4]

In 2011, Ankley was named one of the Best Country Music Artists in Detroit.[5]

Songs and Stories: Detroit PBS Spotlights Julianne Ankley & The Rogues. Biography, interview and performance video. Julianne's music and the Detroit music scene.[6]

Ankley performed her original song, "Christmas in Your Heart," at the "2016 America's Thanksgiving Day Parade" in Detroit, MI.[7]

Port Huron singer and painter brings both talents to Highland exhibit. Julianne discussed her music, art and what drives her.[8]

Ankley was named Blue Water Woman Musician of the Year in 2020 for musical contributions.[9]

Singer/songwriter and visual artist, Julianne Ankley has combined her talents for audiences.[10]

Releasing an album during a pandemic: Artist Spotlight - Julianne Ankley[11]

During the pandemic of 2020-2021, Ankley performed free live concerts online to help boost morale and entertain. She also participated in online benefit concert(s) during this time.[12][13][14]

She continues to tour nationally and has played smaller venues to large music festivals.[15][16]


  • It Ain't Over (EP) 2009
  • Vivid (LP) 2011
  • "He's Still My Boy" (Single) 2012
  • "Christmas in Your Heart" (Single) 2012
  • Don't Let Go (LP) 2015
  • "Raining for You (Single) 2017
  • "Why" (Single) 2019
  • With Love from Lake Huron (LP) 2020[17][18]


  1. ^ "Detroit Music Awards". DetroitMusicAwards.net. Retrieved 13 April 2021.
  2. ^ "Detroit Music Awards winners include Greta Van Fleet, Alice Cooper, Julianne Ankley and more". The Oakland Press. Media News Group Inc. Retrieved 14 April 2021.
  3. ^ "2021 Winners - Detroit Music Awards". Detroit Music Awards Foundation. Retrieved 21 April 2021.
  4. ^ "MerleFest 2010 Announces Finalists for Chris Austin Songwriting Contest". American Songwriter. American Songwriter. Retrieved 14 April 2021.
  5. ^ "Best Country Music Artists in Detroit". Detroit CBS Local. CBS Broadcasting Inc. Retrieved 14 April 2021.
  6. ^ Oliver, DJ. "Songs and Stories: Detroit Performs". Youtube. Retrieved 14 April 2021.
  7. ^ "Julianne Ankley sings "Christmas In Your Heart" at America's Thanksgiving Day Parade". Click on Detroit WDIV Youtube Channel. Retrieved 13 April 2021.
  8. ^ Sokol, Stephanie. "Port Huron singer and painter brings both talents to Highland Exhibit". The Macomb Daily. MediaNews Group. Retrieved 17 May 2022.
  9. ^ "Blue Water Woman of the Year award recipients". Retrieved 17 May 2022.
  10. ^ "Singer-Songwriter Julianne Ankley Proves It's Never Too Late To Follow Your Dreams". Hour Detroit. Retrieved 13 April 2021.
  11. ^ "Artist Spotlight: Julianne Ankley". The Detroit News. Retrieved 13 April 2021.
  12. ^ "WXYZ Interview". Yahoo News. Retrieved 14 May 2022.
  13. ^ "Come Together: May 4 features Carter Oosterhouse, Brian Vander Ark, Tigers pitcher John Schreiber and more". MLIVE. MLIVE Media Group. Retrieved 14 April 2021.
  14. ^ Sinkevics, John. "Sing Me Home Fest, tourism worker relief concert". LocalSpins. Spins on Music LLC. Retrieved 21 April 2021.
  15. ^ "Festival Lineup". Wheatland Music Organization. Wheatland Music Generation. Retrieved 14 April 2021.
  16. ^ "Julianne Ankley/Island Hopper". Fort Myers Beach Talk. Retrieved 17 May 2022.
  17. ^ Anderson, Devin. "Album Review "With Love from Lake Huron"". Local Spins. Spins on Music LLC. Retrieved 13 April 2021.
  18. ^ "Bringing Country music to Detroit". WDIV Click on Detroit. WDIV Click on Detroit. October 12, 2020. Retrieved 14 April 2021.