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Julia Shammas Holter (born December 18, 1984) is an American artist, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist based in Los Angeles. A CalArts graduate, she released her first studio album, Tragedy, in 2011. A second album, Ekstasis, followed in 2012. Holter also collaborates with other musicians including Nite Jewel, Linda Perhacs, and Michael Pisaro. In 2013, she released her third album, Loud City Song to resounding critical acclaim.

Holter, a Los Angeles native, grew up in a musical family. Her father plays guitar and once performed with Pete Seeger. Her mother, Carole Shammas, is a prominent academic and currently holds the John R. Hubbard Chair in History at the University of Southern California. Besides playing and recording music, Holter tutors students and works with a nonprofit organization for teenagers in South Central Los Angeles. After graduating from CalArts, where she studied composition, Holter contributed songs to multiple compilation albums in 2008. She performed in the LA Road Concert with the Open Academy Youth Orchestra on Washington Boulevard in 2009. The following year she began playing with Linda Perhacs’ band. In 2010, she released a CD-R titled Celebration and a collection of live recordings.

Her debut studio album, Tragedy, was released in August 2011 on Leaving Records. Inspired by Euripides’ Greek play Hippolytus, the album received generally favorable reviews and was named one of NPR’s “Best Outer Sound Albums Of 2011”.


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  • der666

    People should stop tagging her new weird america. Seriously.

    29 May 8:23pm Reply
  • Skooge

    I really like Loud City Song. Really nice overall. But one thing that bothers me is that strange "abiguous foreign" accent she puts on when singing. She's from LA, obviously its not her natural accent. A lot of other singers do it too. It just sounds stupid to me and I don't understand it. Anyway, just a small gripe.

    16 Apr 5:56pm Reply
  • MinimalIllusion

    This Is a True Heart~

    9 Apr 3:40pm Reply
  • admetum

    "umm.............. because they're both women ?" welcome to for more check out which is one of the most popular tags on this site for some reason

    3 Apr 6:47am Reply
  • tekbasinaadam

    Horns Surrounding Me has a great eerie atmosphere,i will check out for more

    8 Mar 8:10am Reply
  • Audiosurfer16

    just gave loud city song a spin after not having listened to it in a while and I'm not sure why I don't do it more often, it's as excellent as it was when I first heard it. also I hope they put ekstasis back on spotify eventually, I miss it.

    5 Mar 3:22am Reply
  • ehkreq

    "Similar artists - Laurel Halo" umm.............. because they're both women ?

    11 Feb 7:42pm Reply
  • fortysixandtwo

    i need new stuff! please julia <3

    10 Feb 9:39pm Reply
  • aknuds-1

    Many of you all seen her Issue Project Room performance? Only Julia and the piano, but it's my favourite thing by her except for maybe the goose bump inducing/hair raising concert with Stargaze Ensemble at the Barbican. Unfortunately, doesn't look like the latter was taped.

    18 Jan 1:12pm Reply
  • phoneymindless

    i literally love her. and each time i listen to her music, i love her even better.

    16 Jan 6:03pm Reply
  • strom-z

    "Celebration is still my favorite release" - yeah that was actually a stellar release.. Celebration is still one of her best tracks, as is "Tragedy Finale". so far I am still liking "Loud City Song" maybe the least.

    23 Dec 2014 Reply
  • BarbraSexaroid

    Celebration is still my favorite release

    11 Nov 2014 Reply
  • m-saIami

    Experienced "He's running through my eyes" in the middle of the night... great song

    8 Nov 2014 Reply
  • last_nickname

    Ridiculously Photogenic Holter. I love staring at her pics.

    17 Sep 2014 Reply
  • TongueInAspic

    her gig in warsaw <3

    23 Jul 2014 Reply
  • cabfedhig

    Don't Make Me Over-- nice cover companion to Hello Stranger

    22 Jul 2014 Reply
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  • Motiv3ter

    Seeing Julia live tonight :D.

    21 Jul 2014 Reply
  • TwilightIsMe

    Eluvium_Eluvium, это не рупор Нильса Фрама, вы что-то путаете.

    14 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Eluvium_Eluvium

    Сопливая девчачья хуйня.

    2 Jul 2014 Reply
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