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Lecturer set to storm charts with music single

20 June 2007

A singer-songwriter from Canterbury Christ Church University is hoping for chart success after funding and releasing a music single.

Julia Jones
Julia Jones

Julia Jones, who is a visiting lecturer in the University’s Commercial Music Department, has recorded a single, entitled ‘Superfast’, and video which are now available to be downloaded. The single was paid for and released through Julia’s own independent label, ‘Bagabones’, and is distributed by her digital partner label ‘Superstar Records’.

The single from her album, 'Notes From The Road', was written largely while touring America and reflects the struggles and triumphs of the last four years whilst touring and recording.

The single was recorded at her keyboard player’s converted garage studio in London and was mixed by Rex Swan, who mixed KT Tunstall’s ‘Eye to a telescope’ album. The video was recorded by Canterbury Christ Church University’s Senior Lecturer in the Department of Media, Eddie Mcmillan.

Julia said: “Releasing the single is an opportunity for me to gauge the success of my promotional activities. If people like the single they can download the music and in some cases the video too.”

She added: “The reason for working with Eddie Mcmillan was to show how two departments within the University can combine to create cool developments.”

The cover of Julias single, Superfast
The cover of Julia’s single, ‘Superfast’

Eddie Mcmillan said: “Working with Julia was a lot of fun and having a visiting lecturer so involved in the music business is beneficial in many ways. The music industry is highly image conscious and producing the video for ‘Superfast’ through the Department of Media made sense as we have the experience, the expertise and creativity within the department. Producing work that is in the public domain demonstrates to students our wider cultural currency and ongoing commitment to academic excellence and professional practice.”

Julia’s single can be downloaded from http://www.apple.com/itunes/. For a photograph of Julia Jones please contact Canterbury Christ Church University’s External Relations Assistant, David Cutts, on 01227 782826 or email d.cutts@canterbury.ac.uk.

Notes to Editor

Julia Jones

Julia Jones joined Canterbury Christ Church University’s Commercial Music Department in 2006 as a visiting lecturer. She gives presentations to students on the music business and entrepreneurship issues using her experiences as examples.

Julia has reached an audience of millions through her major annual promotional event for British music in America called The BritBus Tour, meeting up with artists such as Paul Oakenfold and The Magic Numbers along the way.

She is releasing an album of her own work which demonstrates her talent as a singer-songwriter and will be performing across the USA again this year during BritBus Tour 2007.

Canterbury Christ Church University’s Music Department

The Music Department at Canterbury Christ Church University is widely acknowledged to be one of the most active and exciting centres for music-making and the study of music in South East England.

Students get the opportunity to study a range of programmes covering everything from ACCESS to Music all the way through to M. Phil. And Ph. D.

To study Music at Canterbury Christ Church University is to join a community of musicians performing, composing and researching music in a wide and diverse variety of styles.  Music is at the very heart of the institution, on our campuses and spilling over into the wide communities in Kent, the South East region and mainland Europe.  The Music Department welcomes students of all ages and are proud of the achievements of the department in teaching and learning based on unswerving support shown to all who choose to study in this exciting, busy and dynamic department.

Canterbury Christ Church University’s Department of Media

The Department of Media is a respected academic centre which offers a stimulating environment in which to study a wide range of media.  It was one of the first departments in the UK to offer media courses and has gained an international reputation.

The programmes within the department ensure that academic and theoretical work goes hand in hand with practical and creative work.  Courses offer opportunities to develop and practice production skills, and to become familiar with critical perspectives.

Teaching on the courses is of a consistently high standard and has been recognised for its excellence.  All of the department’s academic staff are engaged in a wide variety of research activities, which helps shape day to day teaching.

The department’s links with the film, radio, television, journalism, digital and other media industries are strong.  Visiting professionals and academics are regularly invited to contribute to the department’s courses.

Graduates from the department are consistently in demand, and as a consequence Sky television has set up a scholarship scheme with the University, while BBC operates from a radio studio on campus.  The skills the department’s students acquire help graduates find work in a range of jobs: directors, editors, journalists, animators, web designers, producers, academics, cinematographers, and other posts within the media industry.

Contacts

Claire Robinson, Media Relations Officer,
Canterbury Christ Church University,
01227 782391, claire.robinson@canterbury.ac.uk

David Cutts, External Relations Assistant,
Canterbury Christ Church University,
01227 782826, d.cutts@canterbury.ac.uk

For media enquiries:

Claire Robinson
01227 782391