So she went to work learning English. She moved in with American roommates and religiously watched the news and cartoons to pick up vernacular.

Finding a band was a harder task. She didn't lie about being a female singer; she just withheld information. "Before the audition, I would only use email to talk to (prospective bands), and I didn't sign my name. When I showed up, it was a surprise. I was a female."

After a successful audition, she convinced a group of guys that having a female frontwoman was a good idea—the band MeTalkPretty was formed with James Kluz on drums, Leon Lyazidi on guitar and Nate Meng on bass.

That was just the first hurdle. "The issues transitioned to dealing with (more) prejudices of being a female in rock," she says. "The bottom line is we are few and we shouldn't let all the resistance stop us from doing we want. It's going to be a hard road, and nothing will be handed to you. You are going to have to work
hard for every little bit of it."

MeTalkPretty's indie label debut album will be released this summer. The first single, "Wake Up!" will be available on iTunes June 8, and the video is already on YouTube.

The song pays homage to Julia's mom, who passed away from pneumonia a few years ago. "She didn't have health insurance," Julia says. "It is still difficult to comprehend. I know the U.S. is going through healthcare reform right now. I would do whatever it takes, whatever, to make sure someone doesn't lose a loved one to such a treatable disease."

Julia now feels at home in the United States. MeTalkPretty has been doing clubs tours across American and Canada. She considers NYC her hometown. "There are so many people in the city from difference places. I fit right in."


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