Born and raised in New York City, Julian Velard was into crooners, cabaret and piano-driven singer/songwriters while grunge, guitars and angst were front and center.
His unique yet reverential style of songwriting, honed by those influences, made him something of an Internet phenomenon in the mid-‘00s, scoring a major label deal in the United Kingdom and garnering praise from The Guardian and The Sunday Times.
Since then, Velard’s music has found cult following in both the United States and Holland. He’s toured alongside Jamie Cullum, Paul Carrack and Amy Macdonald; has written songs for others, including Olly Murs, and The New York Knicks, theme music for popular web series and podcasts from Buzzfeed, The New Republic, and Audible. He is also the man behind the viral sensation, H.P. Joelcraft. His musical stylings and comedic timing have made him a fixture on NPR’s Ask Me Another and The Howard Stern Show. His fifth and latest album, Fancy Words for Failure, was released in June 2017.