A preacher’s daughter from Nashville, TN, Julia Rich has performed across the Americas and around the globe as “girl singer” with the World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra: from Iceland to Brazil, from the Hollywood Bowl to Lincoln Center, from the World’s Fair in Seville to Orchard Hall in Tokyo. She appears on several Glenn Miller Orchestra CD’s and videos and has recorded five solo albums on the Cardinal label. As a solo artist, Julia’s renditions of both standards and original songs can be heard on radio and as a regular feature of TV’s Music Choice: Singers and Swing alongside such greats as Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Michael Buble and Diana Krall.
Julia was a public school music teacher and former singing waitress at the historic Chattanooga Choo Choo Station House when she was hired by GMO bandleader Dick Gerhart. She sang her first show with the Glenn Miller Orchestra at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville on November 16, 1985. In addition to singing, she has served as road manager, assistant road manager, and vocal group leader. Since 1985, the only year Julia has not toured with the Glenn Miller Orchestra is 1993.
You may know Julia as an agent for Phoenix Talent Agency, representing not only the Glenn Miller Orchestra and other iconic big bands but also a variety of fine artists.
“A pure straight-forward singer of the tasteful school of Ella, Sarah, and Carmen who looks as good as she sounds.” Jack Ellsworth – Legendary New York DJ
“I was floored with Miss Julia Rich’s magnificent singing style, vast range, and stage presence.” Gary Neustadter – Herald Times – Manitowoc
“This lovely southern belle has a voice befitting her name, a style of phrasing to make any horn player jealous, impeccable diction and just enough coquettish mannerisms to keep the audience wrapped around her finger”. Tom Phillips – Jazz News
“Larry O’Brien considers Julia Rich to be one of the best Glenn Miller Orchestra vocalists ever.” …from the book Chattanooga Choo Choo: The Life and Times of the World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra by Richard Grudens