"Julia Fordham" (born August 10 1962, Portsmouth, England) is a singer-songwriter based in California. Her professional career started in the early 1980s, under the name "Jules Fordham," as a backing singer for the likes of Mari Wilson & the Wilsations and Kim Wilde.
In 1988, she released her first album on Circa Records, ''Julia Fordham''. The album, which contained a pair of UK top 40 singles, introduced her as a singer with considerable vocal range, and her deeply emotional lyrics endeared her to a small, committed audience. Licensed to Virgin Records America, the album was a minor hit and paved the way for the success of 1989's ''Porcelain''. The lead single from this LP, "Manhattan Skyline," was an adult contemporary radio and VH-1 hit.
Ms. Fordham has had limited chart success since that time, but she continued to record throughout the 1990s. Three subsequent albums (1991's ''Swept'', 1994's ''Falling Forward'' and 1997's ''East West'') received some critical praise. 1998's ''The Julia Fordham Collection'' recaps the best-known songs from these five albums.
Signed in 1999 to a Warners subsidiary, Ms. Fordham recorded an album called ''Concrete Love'', the...
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