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June 5th, 2014 - Great article in The Shreveport Times by John Andrew Prime!

 "Julieann is the real deal. She has a long history in the Texas music community as a vocalist and songwriter that's admired by all who have had the opportunity to hear her. Her fans have hung with her, too. Soulful singing with a heart to match makes for a joyful and entertaining listen"  
- Terri Hendrix

 

"Julieann Banks is truly gifted as a performer and writer. Her voice is captivating and her smile warms the whole room. A true professional."  
-  Joe Abels, Owner of Saxon Pub, Austin Tx 

 

“There’s something in Julieann’s voice...I noticed it the first time I heard her sing...whether she’s singing her own songs, which are really good, or covering someone else’s, she owns it; you can see the audience being drawn in.”  
- Patterson Barrett

A longtime resident and successful professional musician in Austin Texas, Julieann Banks recently returned to her hometown of Shreveport Louisiana.  2015 has already been an exciting and busy year.  She has been polishing a new group of self-penned songs in preparation for recording a new album slated for a 2016 release.  And on any given night of the week, you might see Julieann wowing audiences in a local hotspot while singing and playing guitar with her rock/pop power trio Thundermouse.  Or perhaps you might catch her solo act – Julieann and her guitar and an eclectic mix of dance chart favorites and colorful storytelling originals and everything in-between, including requests!
And on any given day, in that same week, there she’ll be again, guitar in hand performing for groups and in-room sessions as Music Coordinator for Skilled Nursing Wellness programs.  Whatever she does, she does well.  And she does it with a passion wrought of a lifetime commitment to being a full-time professional musician.  It’s a calling.  And it’s a palpable magnetic energy that shines through her, engaging and electrifying her audiences.
 
What she most often hears….”I can tell that you love what you do, it shows!”. 
 
During her time in Austin, Julieann was bassist and vocalist for such notable Austin groups as The Austin Lounge Lizards, Leeann Atherton, The Cosmic Americans (Earl Poole Ball, Casper Rawls), Patterson Barrett and more.  She also fronted national touring show bands such as Rotel & The Hot Tomatoes and The Big Time.  She also formed and managed her own award winning show bands and original bands - Apaches of Paris and The Activates!
 
And her own music, well one could say it's classic storytelling but with a soulful, spirited, energetic twist.  Her influences are varied and run from Townes Van Zandt to Bonnie Raitt, Bernie Taupin to Ray LeMontagne. Not a girl to be put in a box, it’s no surprise Julieann decided to invent her own genre, Renegade Soul, to encompass all that artistic inspiration and energy! 
 
Julieann's latest release Magazine and Race was recorded at world-renowned FAME studio in Muscle Shoals Alabama. The same studios where legendary recordings have been made by Aretha Franklin, Little Richard, Otis Redding and many others. 
 As well as being an award-winning vocalist, accomplished songwriter, bassist and guitarist - Julieann also plays keyboards, harmonica, drums and percussion. 
Julieann's musical resume is as varied as the instruments she plays:
 
RESUME


2014 to present – Thundermouse – Bandleader, Guitar and Vocals
2012 to present – Julieann Banks – Solo performer, duo and trio – Guitar, Bass & Vocals
2013 to present -  Music Program Coordinator for Skilled Nursing Wellness Department.
2013 to 2014 - Vocals and Bass for Drama Club
2010 - Leeann Atherton Band, Bass & Vocals
2009-2010 Austin Lounge Lizards, Bass & Vocals 
1995-2012 ASCAP Popular Awards Panel Program recipient for songwriting and performance
2002-07, 2013-14 - Drama Club - Shreveport Louisiana - Bandleader, Bass/Vocals
2004 Danny Click Band - Tour of Switzerland - Backing Vocals
2002 Percy Sledge - Tour of Portugal - Backing Vocals
1995-2002 The Big Time - Austin Texas Show Band - Singer and Dancer
2001 Presidential George W Bush Inaugural Ball - Washington DC
1997 Legends of Las Vegas - Tour of Japan - Singer Dancer
1994 Julieann again tours New Zealand opening for The Midge Marsden Band
1993 Julieann tours New Zealand for two months opening for The Midge Marsden Band
1992-1995 Apaches of Paris - Austin Texas - Bandleader, Songwriter, Vocals and Guitar
1991-1993 Rotel and The Hot Tomatoes - Austin Texas - Singer and Dancer
1991 Spy Vs Spy - (offshoot of the Killer Bees
                                 with Stan Hoffman and Malcolm “Papa Mali”Welborne) Austin Tex