Sunday, 3 August, 2008 1:54 PM
CMA New Artist Spotlight: Julianne
by Ondrea Barbe
Nashville recording artist Julianne Hough
2008 CMA Close Up News Service
The world already knows
that Julianne Hough can dance. That secret was let out in her teens,
when she became the youngest and only American to win both the International
Latin Youth and Junior Blackpool World Latin Dance championships.
After that she served as assistant choreographer on Gwen Stefani's
"Wind It Up" video, a dancer on ABC-TV's "Show Me
the Money" and two-time grand prize winner on ABC-TV's "Dancing
with the Stars." Her future, it seemed, was in her feet.
Yet Hough describes singing
as her "truest passion." She learned to do harmony parts
as one of five singing siblings back home in Utah. From the five
years of dance study she pursued in the United Kingdom to her national
"DWTS" tours, Hough nurtured her dreams for a vocal career
until a meeting with producer David Malloy steered her to Nashville
and into the studio, where they laid the tracks for her self-titled
Mercury Nashville debut album.
It was worth the wait.
Hough has picked 11 songs that perfectly suit her confident, down-home-girl
delivery. Her upbeat personality comes through on her first single,
"That Song in My Head," penned by Jim Collins, Wendell
Mobley and Tony Martin, "Hello" and the other up-tempo
tracks. And when she caresses the soulful, slow-dance "Jimmy
Ray McGee," the heartbreak ballad "Help Me, Help You"
and the dreamily romantic "I'd Just Be with You," her
deft and even playful touch keeps the emotion from growing too dark.
Clearly, Hough can dance with a lyric as well as with the stars.
IN HER OWN WORDS
DREAM DUET PARTNER
SONG YOU WISH YOU'D
- that's how I feel."
SONG YOU SING IN
"My vocal warm-ups."
"Guys that wear
their pants too low."
CD IN YOUR STEREO
BOOK ON YOUR NIGHTSTAND
MODE OF TRANSPORTATION
ACTOR TO PORTRAY
YOU IN A BIOPIC ABOUT YOUR LIFE
or Scarlett Johansson."
MOMENT IN YOUR LIFE
TO RELIVE IF YOU COULD
"Now. I would want
to relive this over and over again."
WHEN THEY LOOK BACK
ON YOUR LIFE IN 50 YEARS, WHAT YOU HOPE PEOPLE SAY ABOUT YOU
"That I was always
true to who I am."
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