Songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Juliana Daugherty has been enthralled with music and words for as long as she can remember.
As the daughter of two symphony musicians, Daugherty began classical training at an early age, playing a variety of instruments before undertaking intensive study of the flute. After a year of study at the North Carolina School of the Arts, Daugherty transferred to UNC Chapel Hill, where she turned her focus to poetry and indulged a long-standing interest in Irish and American traditional music. In 2010, she moved to Charlottesville to pursue an MFA in poetry at the University of Virginia—awarded in 2013—and joined up with local bands Nettles and the Hill and Wood, with whom she continues to perform as a vocalist, Irish and classical flutist, and keyboard player.
After several years of performing, recording, and touring with these and other groups, Daugherty turned her focus toward a solo endeavor. As a songwriter, she seeks to create songs that are intimate and honest, bypassing intellect to travel deeper into the unquantifiable domain of human feeling. She performs regularly at local venues, and her work has been featured on NPR's This American Life. Her debut record, Light, will be released on the Austin-based independent label Western Vinyl later this year.
Juliana is the Fall 2017 New City Artist-in-Residence. In addition to working on her own projects, Juliana will be working on a community singing event. Along with other local musicians, she will be arranging loosely composed "community hymns," to be sung by community members (no choir training required) and recorded at New City Arts. Her project is inspired by Peter Broderick's Beacon Sound Choir, an amateur singing group in Portland, OR.