Once again, Popdose strives to bring you different artists on the pop spectrum.  This time, we present Julie Nathanson, a name you may be familiar with in the world of voice overs, performing her version of Aimee Mann’s “Wise Up”. Ms. Nathanson infuses into her singing the same sparkling energy, versatility, and intelligence she brings to her animation and video game characters. She sings in a wide range of styles and tones, from wispy emotional indie/folk to resonant operatic to the clear brightness of a Disney character. With a strong belief that we are all many things, Julie finds joy in allowing all of these voices to shine. Originally from the suburbs of Philadelphia, Julie began her classical training at the Bryn Mawr Conservatory of Music, and later studied privately at the New England Conservatory of Music. Since moving to Los Angeles, she has worked with acclaimed teachers David Romano and Clark Harris.

About her decision to record “Wise Up”:  “It caught hold of my heart from the moment I heard it in the film, ‘Magnolia,’ and it has echoed through my mind in the years since. The original, to me, is an offer of perspective, empathy, and yes, wisdom to someone struggling with substance addiction. In my cover version, I wanted to shift the point of view to introspection. A look in the mirror, a nod to the powerfully complex relationships and thoughts and feelings to which we can also become addicted, and the intersection of giving up and acceptance.”

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Rob Ross

Rob Ross has been, for good, bad or indifferent, involved in the music industry for over 30 years - first as guitarist/singer/songwriter with The Punch Line, then as freelance journalist, producer and manager to working for independent and major record labels. He resides in Staten Island, New York with his wife and cats; he works out a lot, reads voraciously, loves Big Star and his orange Gretsch. Doesn't that make him neat?

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