B i o g r a p h y
Julianne Ankley's soulful country style hails from a small Michigan border town close to the shore of Lake Huron and within earshot of the musical influences of Detroit.
Julianne's 2020 Detroit Music Award winning single release "Why" is out in digital formats everywhere and the video can be seen on Youtube, The Country Network Music Channel, and CMCTV.
With eleven Detroit Music Awards, including four 2020 DMA awards for Outstanding Country Artist/Group, Songwriter, Recording for "Why", and Vocalist, Julianne has been writing heartfelt songs and delivering electric performances, both solo and with her top notch band The Rogues, for years. To date, she has released 2 albums, an EP and 4 singles with her freshman album “Vivid” garnering the 2012 DMA for Outstanding Country Recording. Her song “Lead Footin’ In the Left Lane” was used nationally by WXYZ (ABC) for the 2015 annual Woodward Dream Cruise televised special. From her debut EP, “No Place For a Lullabye” was used by HomeAid of America for years in their PSA campaign to raise funds for housing the homeless. Julianne performed her song “Christmas In Your Heart” for the live, nationally televised “America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade" on WDIV (NBC). She’s currently working on her third album.
As a songwriter, Julianne has written with Platinum and number one hit songwriters, Mike Dekle, Gary Hannan, Dave Gibson and Amanda Williams. She has performed at many songwriter shows alongside hit writers including Aaron Barker Sr., Chas Sandford, Gary Hannan, Dave Gibson, Heidi Newfield, Kristen Kelly, Byron Hill, Angie Kielhauer, Bernie Nelson, and Barbara Cloyd.
She's been the celebrity host and performer for the Hard Rock Cafe stages in Nashville during the CMA Fest for several years, and continues to perform at Nashville’s top songwriting venues such as the world-famous Bluebird Cafe, the Listening Room, Douglas Corner Cafe, Tootsie’s, and more.
"The best of Detroit Country Music shines through in this relevant and very poignant song from a present day soldier’s mother's point of view. 'He's Still My Boy' is a well-written piece of American pie that really hits home. Our heroes give of themselves every day and their families pay just as big of a price and that is what this song is all about. Julianne can sing and she can ever more write a good song. When I read about this on Twitter I downloaded it right away. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!" - Joe Bonsall / Oak Ridge Boys