Jules Aurora (P.K.A. Julianne Manalo)
Pop Recording Artist & Songwriter
Julianne Manalo is a Filipino-American recording artist and songwriter based in Los Angeles, CA.
She is best known for her appearances on FOX's “American Idol: Season 10,” as a Hollywood week Finalist, and “The X Factor: Season 3,” as a Finalist in the Top 50 girls.
Julianne is no stranger to the stage, as she has been performing since age three. While growing up in San Diego, Julianne was the lead singer of the Torrey Pines Jazz Band and gained recognition as an “Outstanding Soloist” at the Seattle Heritage Jazz Festival. She also earned lead roles in a number of musical theatre productions including Johanna in “Sweeney Todd,” Cosette in “Les Miserables,” Marian in “The Music Man” and Mulan in “Mulan,” at Lyceum Theatre, San Diego. During her high school career, she was also a Finalist in the “Globe Honors” musical theatre competition at the internationally-acclaimed, Tony Award-winning, Old Globe Theatre. She was also recognized for her accomplishments in a number of San Diego news outlets such as, 92131 magazine, SDGLN News, The Daily Aztec, The Union Tribune, and The Del Mar Times.
Julianne continued to hone her talents throughout her adolescent years, and In 2013, she was selected as the opening act for Billboard chart topper, “Macklemore” at the San Diego Open Air Theatre. In the same year, Julianne also had the honor of singing the national anthem at the San Diego Padres Petco Park Stadium.
Eager to release original music of her own, Julianne connected with internationally renowned producer, arranger, and songwriter Josquin des Pres (TrackStar Studios) to record her first set of Pop/Dance singles entitled: “The Afterparty,” “Love U the Same Way,” and “Fantasy”. Julianne also collaborated with her long time friend and producer, JonaJay Austria (J.Keys Records), on an R&B influenced track entitled, “Again”. As most songwriters do, Julianne used her own personal life experiences as inspiration for her original compositions. When her grandfather passed away from cancer, Julianne composed a touching piano-ballad entitled “Invincible,” which aims to empower and uplift those who are also battling the disease.
In 2014, Julianne moved to Los Angeles in order to take her music career to the next level There, she performed at a number of notable Hollywood venues such as The Legendary House of Blues, Universal Studios' CityWalk, The Viper Room, The Roxy, and The Troubadour. During her first year in LA, Julianne also performed alongside Grammy Award winning artist, Apl.de.ap of The Black Eyed Peas for The Apl.de.ap Foundation's Annual Summer Extravaganza event; benefitting The Campaign for Filipino Children, Safehouse of the Desert, and the N7 fund for Native Americans. Through this event, she was featured on multiple media outlets such as TFC: Balitang America, Desert's Best Mix 100.7, LA18, Kababayan Today, The Asian Journal, KMIR News, and NBC News.
Currently, Julianne is working on her debut album, which is set to release in the Spring of 2015. With her undeniable stage presence, powerhouse vocals, and resilient demeanor, it is no question that Julianne is one of the most promising rising artists in the Hollywood music scene.
- Performed at Kollaboration Los Angeles in 2014