Acclaimed bombshell songstress Julia Haltigan came up on the Lower East Side of New York City when it oozed a heady mix of danger, possibility and art. She made meaning of the complexities of her childhood with her father’s incarceration, a freewheeling lifestyle of parties and a revolving cast of street characters. Julia emerged from it all a sensitive badass who rides vintage Triumph motorcycles and sings primal rock n’ roll with smoldering expressivity. Her signature artistry evokes Brigitte Bardot, Marianne Faithfull, Iggy Pop, Debbie Harry, and Lou Reed.
Her latest EP, Hot Tears, is a masterful collection, teeming with themes of heartache, images of broken bones, car chases, and nostalgia. Stunners in this set include the gritty swagger of the T. Rex-like “Money,” the 1960s James Bond ballad-esque “Burning Bridges & Breaking Hearts,” and the sleek and smoky “How To Make A Broken Heart,” co-written with songwriting legend Mike Scott of The Waterboys.
Julia has performed as a part of the Varvatos Music Series, filling the store over capacity leaving a line around the block, and live on taste making radio personality Vin Scelsa's show Idiot's Delight. She’s also shared the stage with such venerated names as Judy Collins, Steve Earle, Justin Earle, Norah Jones, Montgomery Gentry, Rhett Miller and Nicole Atkins among others.
Outside of her solo career, she moonlights as the slinky Jessica Rabbit inspired jazz crooner ‘Vivian Fairchild’ in the off-Broadway hit “Sleep No More.” She also performs in the fizzy pop band Sugar For Sugar, alongside her buddies Scarlett Johansson, Kendra Morris, Holly Miranda and producer Dave Sitek. When not onstage or in the studio, Julia’s straddling a 1970 Triumph Bonneville.
“Julia Haltigan’s timeless voice, look, and persona make her something of a period piece. Her effervescent performances are also known to entrance entire crowds. Haltigan’s entire life is music: When she’s not singing, she can be found attending another show. Whether she’s crooning about motorcycles, old flames, or mermaid’s tails, Haltigan’s jazzy, sixties sound and Spanish rhythms shine through.”
“The youthfully exuberant Julia Haltigan, a modern descendant of a caste of strong female country singers conjured an air of sultry class.”
-New York Times
“There’s a singular, sexy sound emanating from the concert halls of New York’s East Village and Lower East Side. The sultry, seductive music comes from Julia Haltigan, a gorgeous singer-songwriter whose combination of country, jazz and blues into catchy, romantic ballads has put her at the top of my make out playlist.”
"A delightful songwriter and singer who I have lately become enamored with." - Vin Scelsa of "Idiot's Delight" on WFUV 90.7
“Tying together the vocals of Nancy Sinatra and the timeless feeling of Old New York, Julia Haltigan’s cinematic vocals have encompassed the sound of the city for years. Haltigan, a member of a motorcycle girl-gang and all-around Tarantino-esque bombshell, just released her Hot Tears EP back in April featuring a mix of psychedelic melodies and smoky vocals.”