Saturday, July 27, 2013

July 27: Singer-songwriter and author Juliana Hatfield - Blake Babies, Some Girls - is 46-years-old today.

Juliana Hatfield was born July 27, 1967 in Wiscasset, Maine. Her father claims descent from the West Virginia Hatfields of the Hatfield-McCoy feud following the Civil War.

Her love of rock music developed during the 1970s, having been introduced by a babysitter to the music of the Los Angeles punk rock band X. She was also attracted to the music of more mainstream artists like Olivia Newton-John and The Police.

Seeing herself as a singer since her high school years, Hatfield sang in school choirs and briefly played in a cover band called The Squids, which played mostly Rush songs.

Hatfield attended Boston University for a semester. She then transferred as a piano student to the Berklee College of Music in Boston. There she met Freda Boner (now Freda Love) and John Strohm, forming the Blake Babies with them in 1986.

The band, with which she sang and played bass, guitar and piano), was signed to North Carolina's Mammoth Records and received a fair amount of airplay on college radio through the early 1990s. The group toured the United States several times, performed in Europe, and made several music videos. Hatfield eventually earned a degree in songwriting from Berklee.

The group formally disbanded in 1991 but, reunited briefly in late 1999, performing a few shows in 1999 and 2000 and recorded and released a new album titled God Bless The Blake Babies which received strong reviews.

Hatfield began her solo career releasing her first solo album Hey Babe in 1992. The album was one of the highest selling independent albums that year.  Hatfield achieved alterna-rock stardom with the release of 1993's Become What You Are recorded under the group name The Juliana Hatfield Three.

In 2001, she joined with Freda Love and Heidi Gluck (of The Pieces and The Only Children) to form the trio Some Girls, with which she performs in addition to her solo work. The group has toured the U.S. twice and has released two albums. The trio is another outlet for Hatfield's more lighthearted material.

Their first album, entitled Feel It, was released by Koch Records in 2003. The lead single "Necessito" is  sung in a mixture of English and Spanish.

In December 2005, Hatfield toured the U.S. with the band X, whom she idolized during her teenage years. Some Girls' second album, Crushing Love, was released in July 2006. In
2006, Hatfield released her first live album. Titled The White Broken Line: Live Recordings, the album featured performances from her tour with X. This was Hatfield's third release for her record label.

Her 10th studio album Peace & Love was released on Ye Olde Records, February 16, 2010. Hatfield released the book When I Grow up: A Memoir on September 22, 2008.

For more about Juliana, visit her Website at –


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