Q & A with Juliana Lopez Davis
My mother says I started singing before I could speak. Music has always been my first language. I started showing interest in the piano at seven years old. My grandfather gave me my first keyboard that Christmas. Playing piano became my bridge between songwriting and performing. The more I grew on the piano, the deeper an understanding I got for music in general.
Where did you go to music school? What did you study there?
I graduated Berklee College of Music in 2015 majoring in Professional Music with a concentration in performance and songwriting. I'm currently working on my MBA in Music Business also through Berklee. As an undergrad I took classes in Harmony, Music Theory, Ear Training, Songwriting and more. To help me prepare for my work on stage I took several performance oriented classes like Acting for Musicians.
What are your favorite kinds of music to play and why?
I love so many styles of music it's hard for me to narrow it down! I tend to perform Pop, Rock and mainstream music but I also love various cultural styles like Soul and Salsa. I love when people dance so I'd say uptempo pop songs are my favorite genre when performing.
What are some of the musical styles you teach?
As a Berklee graduate and a teacher in Boston Public Schools I teach all styles of music. I'm a classically trained vocalist and love the discipline that comes with that but most of my students are interested in playing and singing contemporary music. Whatever kinds of music they like I make sure my students are having positive lessons and are highly motivated to learn! For my students who perform I like helping them prepare for school plays, auditions and talent shows.
Where are some of the places you've performed?
I've had the honor of performing in some pretty amazing places, Boston Symphony Hall, Jordan Hall and Philippos Nakas Conservatory in Athens Greece just to name a few. As a worship volunteer I enjoy making music at church where I also taught group music lessons.
Who are some of your favorite bands and musicians?
Some of my favorite artists at the moment are Cardi B, Emily King, Eva Cassidy, Anderson Paak and Lizzo.
What are your other musical pursuits and accomplishments?
Alongside being a singer/songwriter I'm also a model and actress. I love finding new and creative ways to intertwine all of my artistic passions! One of my accomplishments - the one that lead me to At Your Door Music - was performing in the Rhythm of the Universe project under Music Director Simone Scazzocchio. Simone is a Berklee professor and used to teach at AYDM. Rhythm of the Universe performed in larger and smaller ensembles all over the northeast including at TEDx Boston and at Carnegie Hall in New York.
What are some of your artistic goals?
One of my current artistic goals is to complete production on my first original full-length album as a singer/songwriter. I'm super excited for that!
Tell us about your sound clips:
1) The first recording is a recent solo piano/voice demo of Stevie Wonder's "Isn't She Lovely". 2) "Raise Your Glass" by Pink is a song my band will perform at parties and events. It's a sure way to loosen the crowd up and have FUN! 3) "Ain't No Other Man" by Christina Aguilera is another recording I made with the Sweet Beats as a duet I sang with another Berklee alum.
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