FIVE FIRSTS: Julia Price

Julia Price

NAME: Julia Price
BAND AFFILIATION: Julia Price
INSTRUMENT: Piano and Vocals

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … Well, the first music I ever bought was an Edie Brickell cassette (with my parents money. I think I was pretty young). I remember having to hit rewind over and over again so that I could keep listening to “What I Am.” The first record I remember buying on my own was Alanis Morrisette’s “Jagged Little Pill,” but my dad took it and hid it from me because of “inappropriate lyrics.”

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … Edie Brickell. I’m telling you, I was obsessed.

3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … A piano!

4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … Well, I was always throwing shows for my neighbors, but the first time I ever played in front of a big group of people was during my junior year in high school at our talent show. I was the MC, and the judges were taking forever to tally the scores, so after a few minutes when I ran out of things to talk about, I spotted the piano and walked over and played “A Thousand Miles” by Vanessa Carlton. I think I made up most of the lyrics because I was so nervous, but after I finished I thought, hmm, that felt kind of right…

5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … Ting and Tang. The group consisted of me on the keys as a six-year-old and my nine-year-old neighbor. We even rapped. But we broke up due to band disagreements that just couldn’t be resolved. From there, I went on to start my solo career. All kidding aside, we did actually have some pretty catchy songs for being kids.

Singer-songwriter-piano woman Julia Price (aka Troy native Julia Ilowiecki) takes the stage at Jillian’s in Albany at 9pm on Saturday (September 17) in support of “Girlfriend,” the lead-off single from her upcoming EP, “Stories Between the Avenues,” slated for release in January.

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