Julie O’Hara is a jazz vocalist, composer and educator from Melbourne who has been contributing to the music scene for over twenty years. Julie currently teaches jazz and contemporary pop voice and improvisation at the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music at Monash University. Julie is a speech pathologist with a special interest in vocal science, vocalese and vocal improvisation. Her musical projects have vocal improvisation as an essential element to her arranging, with O’Hara using her voice as a section player, vocal harmoniser and soloist, often pushing the boundaries of how voice can be utilised in contemporary music, whether pop, EDM or within other genres. Julie’s lyricism celebrates the art of story telling, capturing a time, a feeling, often bringing genres together in innovative ways.
Julie writes across genres having spent many years freelancing in various musical scenes in Australia including; Big Band, R&B Swing, New Orleans, Gypsy Swing, Bluegrass, Brazilian, Electro-House & Hip Hop.
Past collaborators include George Washingmachine, The Cat Empire, The Hoodangers, Virus, Bluedrag, Bopkick, The Pearly Shells and B# Big Band. For many years, Julie has toured Europe, Asia and Australia, performing at jazz and music festivals, with recent performances of original compositions at the Melbourne International Jazz Festival and Stonnington Jazz Festival.
Current original music projects include ‘La Grande Soiree’, (jazz manouche), ‘Unobtainium’ (contemporary jazz/vocalese) and Sound dome (EDM/Cont.Pop).
Past recordings include; Papermoon & Midnight Sun (Newmarket), Smoke Rings (Independent), Julie O’Hara Rifftet (Independent), Cities (The Cat Empire), Use The Force (Independent), Chasing Shadows & Le Bruit des Cabarets (Ultrafox), This New Situation (The Pearly Shells), Bounce (B# Big Band).