Women Music March 2023 – Day 21 Julie Miller

Julie Miller image from Discogs (link also takes you to more info on Julie)

You can have my heart, though it isn’t new
It’s been used and broken, and only comes in blue
— Julie Miller, from, “Broken Things”

Julie Anne Miller (b. Julie Griffin, 7/12/56) was born in Dallas (?), TX. She is a songwriter, singer, and recording artist.

Julie is among the most critically respected songwriters and performers in the alternative country genre. Her solo albums and collaborative efforts with husband Buddy Miller are praised for their song-writing craftsmanship, spirituality, and vocals that range from the ethereal to the sultry. Her songs have been covered such notables as Buddy Miller and Emmylou Harris, and her vocals have been compared to those of Victoria Williams, due to what some reviewers have described as the “little-girl-lost” quality of her delivery. Critics have noted that Miller’s harmonies with her husband are among the most distinctive in contemporary music. Initially categorized as a Contemporary Christian Music singer and songwriter, Miller broke out to unanimous critical acclaim, with secular songs that retain a distinct Christian empathy.

Early Life:
Miller spent much of her youth in the musical hothouse of Austin. Her adolescence was marred by a sexual attack, which contributed to severe depression. “I had this longing, but nothing I did would make it go away,” she told No Depression journalist Bill Frickics-Warren. “I tried to be a good Christian—I prayed, I read my Bible, I went to church—but I only got more depressed. Finally, when I was sixteen or seventeen, I said to God, ‘You know I believe in you, but I don’t know how to do this. So goodbye. Whatever it takes to bring me back to you, do it.‘”

Musical Beginnings:
Julie’s musical career initially took off after singer Sam Phillips forwarded her demo tape to friends at Myrrh Records. Myrrh signed Miller to a contract and released Meet Julie Miller (her first solo album) in 1990. This album included backing vocals from Shawn Colvin, Victoria Williams, Amy Grant, Kelly Willard and Russ Taff.

Solo albums: 6
With husband, Buddy: 4
As contributing musician: 25

Music video: 1

One thing to share: Julie started out with Christian music and switched over to country. It was difficult to find much information on Julie by herself; most of it links her with her husband Buddy.

Official website: here



10 Comments Add yours

  1. randydafoe says:

    Great to learn a bit about her, I really only knew her name because I know who Buddy Miller is.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Happy you learned about her from the post.

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      1. randydafoe says:

        That’s great part about it.

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  2. memadtwo says:

    Another one of my favorites, although I knew nothing of her history. Thanks for filling me in! (K)


    1. msjadeli says:

      So happy you know her and consider her a favorite. I didn’t want to cut Buddy out of the post but she was who I wanted to highlight.

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      1. memadtwo says:

        They do sound great together.

        Liked by 1 person

  3. Badfinger (Max) says:

    The doc was good, sad, and open…she is completely open. She puts herself out there and I admire her for that.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Well-said, Max. A plastic performer is not attractive at all to me. It puts a barrier up between the performer and the audience.

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  4. Another artist who is entirely new to me. Based on listening to a few tunes off her 1999 album “Broken Wings”, she sounds great! Also, thanks for posting the clip of the documentary – looks interesting and I hope I get to watch it as well!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      My pleasure, Christian. She’s totally new to me also.

      Liked by 1 person

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