5 SPOT: Five "It Girls" On The Rise
Will hit you with magic and the feels. Julien has the voice of light that shines through cracks and the words of a beautiful, sad poem we can all appreciate. She shows how okay it is to be emotionally vulnerable. Living in the south, in Memphis, never pressured her to hide being a queer Christian. Her 2015 album, Sprained Ankle deals with the very personal bits of her life: depression, substance abuse, and Christian faith.
She told Pitchfork:
“I had a hot-pink mohawk in high school, and when I came out everyone was like, ‘We don’t care.’ I hope we can dismantle the idea that the entire south is sitting on our porches spitting tobacco and hating gay people.
“Ultimately, I’m not going to change my behavior to accommodate that fear. I would rather be authentic and risk making people uncomfortable. That’s a boldness engendered in me by the people I’m surrounded by.”
Even though she admits she won’t go on stage and introduce herself as “queer,” she isn’t ashamed to admit part of her identity and hint at it with things like her rainbow guitar strap.