I love singing and performing! I lose myself in songs sometimes. I've been known to make people cry, laugh, and join with me singing along (if the event is appropriate for it). If I'm singing at a funeral or wedding, the songs are chosen ahead of time. But when it's a concert, I'm good at reading a group and choosing songs that move them most. If my audience are mostly over 70 years old, I sing songs from the 30s - the 60s. If they're baby-boomers, I'll throw in songs from the 60s & 70s. I always do some fun songs, and try to take requests. I love what I do and make it the best experience for all of us.
Julie's singing added so much beauty to my father's memorial service. She was very helpful ahead of time - sending a short list of song suggestions, two of which were absolutely the perfect choices for remembering my dad. If he could have been there to hear Julie singing so beautifully, he would have been wiping tears out of his eyes. Julie is a warm and kind person, as well as very professional. My family is so grateful to her for sharing her lovely and comforting music with us.
Response from Julie B:
Thank you Mary. I was honored to sing at your father's memorial. Happy to do it, and so glad you and your family found it comforting and fitting. I would have liked to know him, I think.
Julie sang and comforted my wife
Julie sang for my wife
Marlene when she was in home hospice. I highly recommend her for your loved ones in the same situation. Her adoration and beautiful voice will comfort your loved one on their journey.
Response from Julie B:
Thank you for your kind review, Tom. I was honored to sing with and for Marlene (and you). It was something I'll never forget.
My sincere thanks to Julie B and all that her beautiful voice, humor and connection to my guests brought to my 60th Birthday Party. Flexible, focused and unflappable with kids around, she blessed us with an amazing song list including taking the time to add one of my favorites to what she sang. Awesome night. Standing ovation from our lawn chairs!!!
Response from Julie B:
Donna, thank you for hiring me to sing for your birthday party. I really enjoyed your friends and family, and had a blast.
Words cannot even begin to express how happy my fiance and I are that we had Julie come to sing our first dance song at our wedding. She learned how to play/sing our song of choice, was an excellent communicator leading up to the event, arrived early to set up, and did a BEAUTIFUL job!!! Having her sing the song for us was hands down my husband's and my favorite part of our wedding reception. We got a ton of compliments from our wedding guests about how special/beautiful the singing for our first dance was too. I am blown away by how spectacular Julie's voice was!! Thank you for everything Julie!!! :-)!!!
Response from Julie B:
Thank you Adrienne. I was happy, and excited, to learn and sing that song for your wedding reception first dance. The whole experience worked smoothly and perfectly.
Price Range: Contact for rates
Gig Length: 20 - 120 minutes
Languages: English, Spanish
Phone Number: Call
What to Expect
Professional, passionate singer and performer; fun-loving and serious about what I do; flexible to accommodate the audience and situation. In some cases I engage the audience, getting them to sing along.
Singer, song-leader, guitarist, teacher & mother Julie Beutel is a native of the city of Detroit. She spent her post-childhood-pre-motherhood years studying, traveling, working and living in several countries in Europe and Central America. Her mothering years she lived in Detroit raising her kids, teaching music to children in Southwest Detroit, and singing. She also washed uncountable mounds of dishes.
Julie sings at coffeehouses, concerts, fundraisers, funerals, memorial services, weddings, schools, libraries, senior centers, and house concerts. She has sung in jails, subway stations in Europe, soup kitchens, bars, nursing homes, churches, trains, plays, and peace marches. She has sung at the bedside of dying friends. Once she sang to a crowd of over 20,000 (sharing the stage with several artists). Once she sang to 248 empty chairs. (There were two people in the audience.)
She has hosted more than 55 house concerts in her living room, featuring local acoustic musicians. She also hosts and leads sacred singing/drumming circles in her home.
Julie sings from the depths. She is not afraid to address painful, awkward, controversial or funny issues in the songs she sings. She has the ability to make you cry, laugh out loud, or squirm. She loves to make people laugh. She’s honored when people say she made them cry. Her voice is beautiful and rich. Her performances are personal, intimate and fun. In between songs - when the situation allows - she tells stories, cracks jokes and pontificates. She loves to sing and perform more than almost anything else.
She’d love to do a house concert at your house, in fact! It’s easy! Ask her about it!
Additional Booking Notes
Depending on the event, we might want to do a sound/light check. This can be discussed and decided for each individual inquiry.
For most events a sound system is needed, but not for intimate settings (such as someone's living room). I need two microphones with corresponding mike stands (one for guitar and one for voice). I also can bring and use my own sound system for $100 extra, cash or check.
Good lighting helps a lot, but is often not available, so we do the best we can.
Past Booked Events
|August 18, 2018 • 11:00am - 12:00pm||Worship Service|
|August 11, 2017 • 12:30pm - 2:00pm||Corporate Event|
|July 22, 2017 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm||Birthday (Adult)|
|July 09, 2016 • 6:00pm - 7:30pm||Wedding Cocktail Hour|
Oh my! I have about 500 songs in my repertoire. Impossible for me to list them all here. I have songs I would sing for senior citizens (mostly old standards, show tunes, gospels, etc); songs for funerals/memorials; songs for weddings/anniversaries; songs for kids; songs for house concerts, fundraisers, etc. If you contact me about singing at an event, we'll have a conversation about what sort of songs you're wanting, and choose appropriate songs accordingly.
Influences & Inspiration
Shirley Temple, Judy Garland, Patsy Cline, Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, Cat Stevens, Judy Collins, Bob Dylan, the Beatles, John Denver, Motown, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Simon & Garfunkel, John Prine, Beach Boys, Carol King, Peter, Paul & Mary, Leonard Cohen, Lucinda Williams, Dar Williams, Bonnie Raitt, Iris Dement, Mercedes Sosa, Silvio Rodrguez, Victor Jara
Two microphones with corresponding mike stands (along with a sound system - speakers, amp, etc). Unless the space is intimate, and it might work with no sound system. I also can bring and use my own sound system for $100 extra, cash or check.