Julianne Ankley performs in Lexington
LEXINGTON Expect a lot of original music from Julianne Ankley when she performs Saturday at the Lexington Village Theatre.
“I’m going to be doing almost entirely original music,” Ankley said. “I’m an award-winning singer-songwriter, so I should do my own music.”
Ankley, who is a fixture on the local music scene, received a 2014 Detroit Music Award as outstanding country songwriter. Her group, Julianne Ankley and the Rogues, was selected as outstanding country artist/group.
She said she’s proud to be from southeast Michigan, and that Detroit country music is different from country music in other parts of the country.
“I’ve got country blood deep,” said Ankley, who writes in her biography about riding a tractor with her dad on their Thumb-area farm with the radio playing. “That’s the root of it. Country music sounds different here than in other parts of the country.
“There’s a lot of Detroit influence.”
There’s also a lot of Port Huron influence. A video for her single, “No Place for a Lullabye,” was shot in 2009 in the area behind the Raven Café. The song is about what it’s like to be homeless.
“That was nominated for a Detroit Music Award,” she said.
She said performing is “a piece of my soul.”
“Once I started, it was like being bit by a vampire — you’re in it for life,” she said.
“There’s something about connecting with your audience,” she said. “There’s a moment when I’m on the stage and singing and playing a song I wrote, and you look out, and the audience gets it.”
She said she’s currently working on a new album. She also will be among the women featured in a 13-episode series, “Embrace of Aging: The Female Perspective on Growing Old,” that starts at 2:30 p.m. Sunday on WTVS-TV (Channel 56).
Ankley will be singing with other performers on the series soundtrack.
She said she’s been performing professionally for 10 years — five years as a solo artist — but she still describes herself as a struggling performer and songwriter.
“Hopefully, I’m building a fan base,” she said.
Inspiration, she said, is “all around you every day… it depends on what you tap into.
“You can find inspiration everywhere.”
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IF YOU GO
JULIANNE ANKLEY AND THE ROGUES
• When: 8 p.m. Saturday
• Where: Lexington Village Theatre, 7318 Huron Ave., Lexington, MI 48450
• Cost: Tickets are $17, $22 and $27.
• For more information: www.lexingtonvillagetheatre.com or www.julianneankley.com or call 810-359-5108
This article is credited to Bob Gross and the Times Herald, Port Huron, Michigan. http://www.thetimesherald.com/
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