Julia Lucille was born Julia Lucille Crager in Evanston, Illinois and grew up in Menlo Park, California. She studied music at Lewis and Clark in Portland, Oregon, with a focus on ethnomusicology.
She recorded her first two albums ‘Portland’ and ‘Flower and Bones’ while living in Oregon but later scrapped them, feeling they did not represent her sound. “I felt I was approaching music from a place of lack, that I was trying to prove my abilities, and I realized this was causing me to be artistically stunted. I felt I needed to completely leave the state of Oregon to release myself from this mentality.”
She moved home to California to strip her life down and took a yearlong break from performing. In 2012 Lucille moved to Austin, Texas, where she released her third and only public album ‘Homing,' which The Deli Magazine reviewed favorably.
“Washed-out vocals rise and fall around dizzying suspended chords fingerpicked on a hollow-body electric, producing a wistful tone reminiscent of Elliott Smith” (Kevin Allen).
“I recorded Homing at home because the last time I had recorded in a studio I was unable to channel into my intuition and I feel like the end product came out cold because of it. I was scared that would happen again.”
While living in the woods of Dripping Springs, TX Lucille began making home recordings every new moon. “I just felt such a void at that time. When you’re in a relationship, it can bring so much magic and meaning to your life. I felt like I was going through meaning-withdrawal. I wanted to honor nature, honor cycles, honor the magic I knew existed though I felt I couldn’t access it at that time. Of course I didn’t actually sit down and say, I’m doing this because of x, y, z, but looking back I think that’s what it was about. It also became a practice in seeing if I could free myself up even more creatively through practicing radical non-judgment during the writing process.”