You too will be moved by Julie Williams. Releasing her highly anticipated single “Southern Curls” today, the song reflects on her experience as a Black female artist in country music. Originally coming to Nashville Julie felt lonely, unable to see artists who looked like her. In attempt to “fit in” Julie changed her hairstyle daily, hair straightened only to curl it again into waves. However, this year has brought to the spotlight Black singers including Rissi Palmer, Mickey Guyton, and Brittney Spencer who Julie is lucky to call her sisters. Embracing her natural beauty and her own southern curls, Julie wants people to understand the struggle many Black girls have with their hair and not seeing people who look like them. She also hopes “Southern Curls” is able to resonate with anyone who doesn’t see themselves as “beautiful,” telling listeners to learn to love themselves for who they are, and others will too.
Julie has had the opportunity to perform “Southern Curls” during Song Suffragettes at the Listening Room. Looking around the room, the reaction has been nothing but positive. Often bringing people to tears. She also went live on our Instagram page in celebration of Black History Month, and you can re-watch it on IGTV here.
In addition to releasing the single, Julie released the music video. Funded in less than a week after dropping a GoFundMe link, Julie was overwhelmed by the support. She hired a team of all Black creatives and paid them graciously. Wanting to do the song justice, the video follows her story from a young age until now. Julie also asked her great aunt to be in the video to tell the story of Black strength being passed down through generations. You can watch the full video below.
With gratitude to the Black artists who came before her Julie says, “Thank you for holding the door to those who come next” and she plans to do the same. You can hear “Southern Curls” on all digital platforms here.
Author: Nicole Marchesi