Julie Dean, Kelly Hoppenjans – Tickets – The Evening Muse – Charlotte, NC – August 18th, 2019

Julie Dean, Kelly Hoppenjans

The Evening Muse Presents on Sunday afternoon:

Julie Dean

Kelly Hoppenjans

Sun, August 18, 2019

Doors: 3:30 pm / Show: 4:00 pm

The Evening Muse

Charlotte, NC

$10.00 - $12.00

Julie Dean
Julie Dean
Julie grew up singing southern gospel in Houston. Her mom's love of musicals and dad's love of folk songs contributed to her musical upbringing. Her piano-playing sister forced her to sing songs constantly, from jazz standards to contemporary tunes. Country music rounds out her early music education, learning songs from movie soundtracks like the Electric Horseman, Coal Miners Daughter and Urban Cowboy. Her classical education led her to the opera world briefly, while jazz, blues and country stayed her musical home and passions.

In her short time as a songwriter, Julie's singing history as a versatile vocalist have led to beautiful melodic writing, and her love of early jazz standards of the 20s-40s are reflected in her enticing harmonic changes.
Julie is in demand for musical events as guest artist around town, and sings with several groups in the Charlotte area. Her folk/country trio Sweetgrass Serenade, featuring Diana Wade on guitar and Bruce BK Keedy on guitar and mandolin, creates 3-part harmony on originals and covers. She is the beauty of her Beauty and the Blues duo with Chicago native guitarist and song-writer Keith Serpa. Julie brings a fresh spin on jazz standards with her ukulele, an angelic lightness to folk, old country/bluegrass and will surprise you with a little spunk in pop/country rock.

Teaching voice lessons for almost 20 years, she runs a successful voice studio training singers, beginners to professional. Working with a local laryngologist and voice therapists, she specializes in habilitating recovering injured voices.
Kelly Hoppenjans
Kelly Hoppenjans
Kelly has been singing for longer than she can remember. She earned her childhood nickname, Kellybird, because of her constant singing, for no one in particular but herself. Having moved around a lot as a kid, she relied on music and singing as a constant through all the change; so it’s fitting that she now calls Nashville home, since it’s such a musical city.

Kelly’s music is intimate and personal, with wryly optimistic lyrics, catchy pop melodies, and a lush mix of stylistic influences from folk to rock to jazz. Her voice is the focal point, with her lilting yet conversational tone drawing comparisons to Joni Mitchell, Jewel, and Regina Spektor. Her indie-folk style, with its dry humor and inventive arrangements, has also been compared to Ben Folds, Ingrid Michaelson, Tori Amos, and Fiona Apple. She released her first EP, Simple Thing, in September of 2015 and her second EP, Dreaming Is Easy, in June of 2015. Her work has been featured in many publications, including NPR's All Songs Considered, Ear to the Ground, East of 8th, Wolf in a Suit, and the Nashville Scene, and her music earned her a spot as a 2017 Kerrville New Folk Finalist and in 2017 Lightning 100 Music City Mayhem.

Through the five songs on her latest EP, Dreaming Is Easy, Kelly Hoppenjans has constructed a dreamscape of folksy yet unfamiliar sounds, inspired by the likes of Paul McCartney’s Ram, Imogen Heap and early Joni Mitchell. With its dark whimsy, arresting vocals, and inventive arrangements, Dreaming is Easy reminds the listener of the fantasy present in everyday life.
Venue Information:
The Evening Muse
3227 N. Davidson St.
Charlotte, NC
http://www.eveningmuse.com/