Born and raised in NYC, Julian Velard, is quite the talent. Not that half the world doesn't recognize this already, but for anyone out there less than familiar with this pianist-singer-songwriter is certainly in for a new treat. Velard grew up on Manhattan's Upper West Side and attended "Fame School" LaGuardia High for Music, Art & Performing Arts before fine-tuning his skills under the direction of Jazz legend Yusef Lateef while attending Hampshire College's Composition program. Velard has since created quite the successful solo niche for himself within the music industry and gained an impressive fan base along the way by touring around The States and the UK for the last fifteen years.
Julian Velard's latest EP, If You Don't Like It, You Can Leave, joins a stellar collection of songs and albums dating back to 2003. Released in 2014, "If You Don't Like It" consists of nine original tracks paying homage to the musician's New York roots and offers quite the touchy-yet-supremely-charming encounter as he croons about his personal experiences across the five boroughs. Velard has many musical gifts, but transforming both heartbreak and hilarity into super catchy lyrics is certainly high on this talented guy's list of expertise.
Velard continues to sing, perform and write from the home he shares with his lovely wife Rachel in Brooklyn, to popular cities around the US and across The Pond where he's equally adored. We were fortunate enough to be granted a very quick, very private concert this afternoon at Brooklyn's Musician General Store, while Velard looked most dapper in a Feldspar Brook Polo of course. Familiarize yourself with Mr. Velard. Your ears will thank you.