JULIE RAGINS

Home Town:
Fairbanks, Alaska
Performing Professionally: 
5+ years
Instruments:
  • Voice

My musical roots have been very diverse and I have always had unfaltering support from my family to pursue music. I was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska. There was always music in my house,mostly due to my fathers great love of jazz. So when I started playing saxophone in school band at the age of nine he was thrilled. My mother got her wish when I started playing classical piano at twelve. Throughout my high school and college years, music was an integral part of my life. Jazz saxophone continued to stand out, but my passion for the rock flavor of the day was equally engaging. From Charlie Parker to Led Zeppelin, I got quite an education.

It wasn't until later that I thought much about singing. After attending college at the university of Colorado Boulder, a crazy series of events landed me in Hollywood, CA where I attended vocal school, and, well, I found my instrument. It was there that the world of R&B, Americana and soul music opened wide up for me.

Still today, those styles have molded me as a singer and artist more than any other. Several years ago I began to play guitar and have incorporated that into my performances. From lounges, to the studio, to the road, even releasing a solo record, it has been, and continues to be a wonderful journey. In 2017 my husband and I started PEAR DUO, a piano vocal duo. Rooted in a fusion of jazz and popular music, threads of rock, blues, soul and Americana weave throughout the songs for a truly eclectic mix. Touring the country doing house concerts has breathed new life into how I feel about live performing.

Currently touring with the classic British rock band THE MOODY BLUES, I have also had the pleasure of working with the following people over the years......

LIVE PERFORMANCES / TOURING:
Moody Blues, Justin Hayward, American Idol, Engelbert Humperdinck, GLEE, Queen Latifa, Sergio Mendes, Chayanne, Cherie Currie (The Runaways), Martik, Laura Pausini, the Manhattans, Wild Cherrie, Barbara Mason, Gene Chandler, Heatwave, Barbara Lewis

RECORDINGS:
CD: Kevyn Lettau, Terry Meltcher, Cherie Currie (The Runaways) Laura Pausini, Neil Sedaca, Days of our Lives CD, Bruce Johnston (the beach boys), Brian Setzer, Kleber Gorge

COMMERCIALS / INDUSTRIALS / MOVIES:
FOCUS (featured singer on soundtrack), Sam Sam (cartoon) theme song, repeat performances - The Replacements (disney) AND Lifetime original move presentations, Carnival Cruise Lines, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Wells Fargo, Main Street Casino: Las Vegas, Fantastic Sams, Oil of Olay, Dab Beer,Californians Against the Tobacco Association, Rick Dee's station ID's 102.7, promotional spots for:NBC, EXTRA, Seinfeld, ER, Jay Leno, Conan O'Brien, Saturday Night Live, NBC sports Super Bowl,NBC must see

TVWRITER/SONG PLACEMENT CREDITS:
TV: Lifetime Original Movies, Biography Channel - Bob Dylan , My Big Redneck Wedding, True Life -MTV, Next - MTV, Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders - CMT, Kids By The Dozen - DHEA, Channel One Show Radio: Coast to Coast with George Noory

ON CAMERA CREDITS: American Idol, The Bachelor Pad

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