Rock singer/songwriter Julia Richardson was born in Los Angeles, CA, on September 28, 1987, the first child of journalist John H. Richardson and illustrator Katherine Potter. She spent her childhood in Los Angeles, then moved with her family to Katonah, in prosperous Westchester County north of New York City, in the mid-'90s. She first began playing the guitar at nine when her father showed her a few chords, and gave her first professional performance at a local Starbucks, netting $50. Thereafter, she played open-mike nights in clubs while becoming proficient on guitar and keyboards. In preparation for a high school variety show, she wrote an original song, and the favorable reaction to her performance encouraged her to write more. Using the GarageBand program on her computer, she recorded her songs, assembling them into an album, Melt the Blue, which she first offered for sale to her friends, and then made available through www.cdbaby.com. After finishing high school, Richardson enrolled at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her acquaintance with guitarist Jacob Plasse led to the release of her second recording, the 2007 EP Hungry Eyes, with five of the six songs written by Plasse, who also co-produced the disc. Dropping out of college to pursue her music career and moving to Austin, TX, Richardson teamed up with drummer Music Read to form Fifth Nation, which released its first album, Flight, on September 10, 2009.
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