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Julie Fowlis is a multiple award-winning Gaelic singer who is deeply influenced by her early upbringing in the Outer Hebridean island of North Uist. With a career spanning ten years and four studio albums, she possesses a crystalline and intoxicating voice that has enchanted audiences around the world.
Nominated as “Folk Singer of the Year” at the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and “Best Artist” at the 2015 Songlines Music Awards, Fowlis is a warm and engaging live performer who has graced stages around the world, from village halls in the Highlands to stages in New York, the Philharmonie de Paris, and Shakespeare’s Globe in London. She has received invitations to perform at the world-class Festival of Voice in Cardiff and the World Festival of Sacred Music in Fez, Morocco, among other events.
She sang live at the closing ceremony of the 2012 Ryder Cup in Chicago to a television audience of five hundred million, an event that was only eclipsed by singing live at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Glasgow XX Commonwealth Games to a television audience of over one billion people.
She will forever be recognized for singing Disney Pixar’s Brave theme song, “Touch the Sky.” The animated film, which won an Oscar, a Golden Globe, and a British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Award in 2012, is set in the ancient Scottish Highlands. The track was recorded when Fowlis was eight months pregnant with her second child and has since been a worldwide smash hit.
Fowlis’s most recent studio album of traditional songs in Gaelic, Gach Sgeul / Every Story, was released in 2014 and received glowing five-star reviews from such world-music publications as Songlines magazine, which led to her winning “Folk Act of the Year” at the 2014 Scots Trad Music Awards. She also made history as the first Gaelic solo artist to win a Scottish Music Award in December 2014. She is due to release a new collection of music in 2017.
An artist with a genuine curiosity to explore other traditions and the natural ability to cross genres, Fowlis has collaborated, recorded, and performed with artists such as violin virtuosa Nicola Benedetti, acclaimed singer Aled Jones, Grammy winner James Taylor, and Country Music Association (CMA) Award winner Mary Chapin Carpenter. Fowlis’s passion for folk culture, song, and music is exemplified in her collaborations with the celebrated Québécois band Le Vent du Nord, Galician singer Rosa Cedrón, and Welsh singer Julie Murphy as well as her continued musical friendship with Irish singer and musician Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh.
A quiet torchbearer for her native tradition, Fowlis still finds time to deepen her knowledge of Highland and Gaelic culture, tradition, and history through continued research and academic projects.