Julia Nunes is an American singer songwriter from Fairport, New York. Her career has progressed online through her videos of pop songs on YouTube in which she sings harmony with herself and plays acoustic instruments, primarily the ukulele, guitar, melodica and piano.
Nunes was born into a musical family in New York. Her father is a pianist and a composer of children's songs. One grandfather was a composer of Portuguese fado music and the other a jazz pianist. Nunes started piano lessons at age seven before switching to the guitar in her teens. She started writing songs at age 14 and began playing the ukulele in 2005.
On Good Morning America (June 30, 2008), Molly Ringwald said that she took up the ukulele after seeing Julia Nunes on YouTube. "I've always wanted to play the ukulele, and she completely inspired me," she said.
Julia has opened four times for one of her idols Ben Folds, at the piano player's request, and performed at the Bushman Ukulele Luau in May 2008 after having won the 2007 Bushman World Ukulele Video Contest. In October 2008, she opened for The Bacon Brothers at The State University of New York at Geneseo. In June 2009 she played two shows at Bonnaroo, the independent music festival in Manchester TN, and also played alongside Weezer on the second night of Bonnaroo 2010. In January 2012, Nunes made her television debut performing "Stay Awake" on Conan.
Julia’s fifth album, titled Some Feelings, was released on September 25, 2015. Another Kickstarter project, the album raised $134,403 from 3,258 backers. The video for her single "Make Out" features extended takes of couples kissing, including band members, as well as Nunes and her girlfriend Dannielle Owens-Reid.