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Julia Haltigan


Julia Haltigan grew up in New York City, off the Bowery, in the 1980s. As an only child born into a musically inclined family, she learned to use her voice to attract attention. Her songs have an antique, Americana-pop feel. Her lyrics create a collage of imagery that relates heartache, yearning and lust.

At times her powerful, sultry voice booms above her six-piece band while at other times she showcases her soft   side, arousing nostalgia for the classics such as Nancy Sinatra and Betty Boop. Her self-released, self-titled second album was released in May 2009. The album is a refreshing addition to the current music scene, combining old-time music influences with Ms. Haltigan’s own whimsical style, complete with weeping guitar lines, heel-toe shuffle drum lines and ‘tugboat’ bass. 

Joining forces with producer Phil Palazzolo (Neko Case, New Pornographers, Okkervil River), Ms. Haltigan and her band created their latest critically acclaimed release, My Green Heart. The album establishes an impression of mystery and empowerment while showcasing her nostalgic sense of imagery and longing. Ms. Haltigan attended The ASCAP Foundation Paul Cunningham Songwriting Workshop in 2009.

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Video 3/22/2012: ASCAP Foundation Presents: "Songwriters: The Next Generation"

The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers Foundation presents New York–based singer-songwriter and producer Henry, whose music intersects the genres of soul, jazz, and pop; and singer/songwriter Haltigan whose songs evoke such artists as Tom Waits, Nancy Sinatra and Johnny Cash, Julia's lyircs paint scenes of escaping by train, yearning for the moon and being burned by love. Julia continues to perform live and tour throughout the country.

Julia Haltigan