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Julee Cruise (1956)

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Julee Cruise is an American singer, and actress.

With a distinctive, airy voice, Cruise has recorded three albums, but is probably best known for the lead vocal on "Falling," the theme song for the cult U.S. television series Twin Peaks. During the late 1980s and early 1990s, she collaborated with composer Angelo Badalamenti and film director David Lynch, who produced and wrote the lyrics for all of her released songs.

Cruise currently lives in Manhattan with her husband, Edward Grinnan, the editor-in-chief of Guideposts Magazine and author of the best-selling book The Promise of Hope: How True Stories of Hope and Inspiration Saved My Life. She is in pre-production for her upcoming album featuring New York musicians Jesse Krakow, Clifton Hyde and Mike Pride which will be released in 2011.

  Biography  

 Early life and career
Julee Cruise studied French horn at Drake University and performed as a singer and actress in Minneapolis (notably in the role of Jinjur in stage adaptations of L. Frank Baum's Oz books). She moved to New York and played Janis Joplin in a revue called Beehive, whilst also working as a talent scout for Badalamenti.

 Collaborations with Badalamenti and Lynch
Blue Velvet
In 1985, Badalamenti was composing the score for David Lynch's Blue Velvet, as well as serving as the vocal coach for the film's star, Isabella Rossellini. A key scene in Blue Velvet was intended to feature This Mortal Coil's version of Song to the Siren by Tim Buckley, but when the rights to the song proved prohibitively expensive, it was suggested that Badalamenti compose a pop song in the same style, with lyrics written by Lynch. Because the song required a vocalist with a haunting, ethereal voice, Badalamenti recommended Julee Cruise, who had sung "like an angel" in a New York theater workshop that Badalamenti had produced. The result of their initial collaboration was "Mysteries of Love", which figures prominently in Blue Velvet's closing scenes.

Floating Into The Night
Positive reaction to "Mysteries of Love" led Badalamenti and Lynch to write and produce additional songs for Cruise, most of which were featured in her debut album, Floating Into the Night. The album was released on 12 September 1989 by Warner Bros. Records, and charted on Billboard the following year. A moody, tightly structured collection of dream pop songs with lush, idiosyncratic orchestrations and intentionally retro lyrics, Floating Into the Night became a favorite of such musicians as Tim Booth, lead singer of the band James, and techno artist Moby, who would go on to collaborate with Cruise on the unreleased track "Drown Disco". It also provided musical material for two of Lynch's other projects. The first was Industrial Symphony No. 1, a dark, intentionally obscure performance piece in which Cruise performed while "floating" from a harness dozens of feet above a stage at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Twin Peaks
The second, more significant project was the soundtrack to Lynch's Twin Peaks, for which Badalamenti composed the original score. The song "Falling", which became the orchestral theme for the television series, caused a minor sensation, winning a Grammy at the 33rd Grammy Awards for Best Pop Instrumental. The Twin Peaks soundtrack, featuring Cruise on the songs "Into the Night" and "The Nightingale" as well as on the vocal version of "Falling", eventually going gold (500,000+ copies) in the US, a rare feat for a television soundtrack. Cruise made a number of appearances on Twin Peaks as a singer at a local bar, and was prominently featured in both the show's landmark pilot episode and the episode where Laura Palmer's murderer is revealed, as well as in 1992's Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me. The campy but unsettling "Rockin' Back Inside My Heart", the second single from Floating Into the Night, was released in 1990 and was also featured in an episode of Twin Peaks.

Cruise re-interpreted and sang the theme song for an episode of the USA Network show "Psych". The episode, "Dual Spires" was about a secluded town full of secrets and skeletons were they investigate the murder of a girl. It aired 20 years to the day after Laura Palmer's murder was revealed.

Saturday Night Live performance
Cruise made a controversial appearance on Saturday Night Live on May 12, 1990, when scheduled performer Sinéad O'Connor refused to appear on the same show as guest host Andrew Dice Clay.

The Voice of Love
The following year, Cruise recorded a Lynch and Badalamenti produced cover of the Elvis Presley song "Summer Kisses, Winter Tears" for the soundtrack of Wim Wenders's Until the End of the World. Afterwards, Cruise maintained a relatively low profile until her second album, The Voice of Love, was released in 1993. To many listeners and reviewers, this album suffered in comparison to its predecessor, possibly due to the numerous other projects competing for Lynch and Badalamenti's attention. Many of the tracks were little more than instrumentals from Wild at Heart or Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me with added vocals. However, several songs, notably "Questions in a World of Blue", are ranked by fans among Cruise's best.

Other information
Cruise's early collaborations with Angelo Badalamenti and David Lynch were closely related to Lynch's film work, and their lyrics often reflect this. For example, "Into the Night" begins with the whispered words "Now it's dark", a line which was repeatedly spoken by Frank Booth, Dennis Hopper's character, in Blue Velvet. Lynch also photographed Cruise for the liner notes of Floating Into the Night and The Voice of Love, and created the sculptures featured on the covers of both albums. The trio also produced a memorable cover of the minor Elvis Presley hit "Summer Kisses, Winter Tears" for the celebrated soundtrack to Wim Wenders' 1992 film, "Until the End of the World." It remains one of Cruise's most popular and arresting recordings.

 Post Badalamenti and Lynch
The Art of Being a Girl
Cruise's long-delayed third album, The Art of Being a Girl, was released in 2002. This was the first of her albums for which Badalamenti and Lynch did not produce or write any of the music, with music and lyrics for each of the songs being written by Cruise herself (with the exception of an updated version of her classic single "Falling") and guest produced by Rick Strom and Mocean Worker.

 Acting and live work
Cruise also acted and sang in the off Broadway cast of Return to the Forbidden Planet, a spoof of William Shakespeare's The Tempest, and toured with The B-52's as Cindy Wilson's replacement on and off from 1992 through 2000. She also performed regularly with Bobby McFerrin's improvisational vocal group Voicestra/CircleSong.

She appeared as Andy Warhol in the 2004 Keith Haring bio-musical Radiant Baby at the Public Theatre/New York Shakespeare Festival, directed by George C. Wolfe.

 Guest vocals
Cruise has also lent her vocals to works by a miscellaneous list of collaborators, mostly in Electronic music.

She provided vocals and lyrics to several of the songs on Wide Angle , the debut album by Welsh electronic music group Hybrid, notably the epic nuskool breaks track "If I Survive". Also in 1999, she performs on two songs on Don't Panic! by DJ Silver, ""Sweet Dreams" and "I'm Your Girl".

She appeared on the albums 1-900-Get-Khan and No Comprendo by dance artist Khan , and also performed live several times with him. The lyrics for many of these songs, such as "Body Dump", reflect Cruise's own interest in true crime.

She was featured in 2 songs on Supa DJ Dmitry's (formerly of Deee-Lite) album Scream Of Consciousness , "Don't Talk Me Down" (originally issued on TVT 7311-0 12") and a cover of David Bowie's "Space Oddity".

She appears on a number of tracks on both the 2003 album Dreams Top Rock and the 2007 album Monstrous Surplus by German post-rock act, Pluramon.

More recently, Cruise has appeared as a guest vocalist on Sarcast While, the 2006 full-length album from the New York band, Time of Orchids, released on Tzadik Records. Her vocals also appear on five tracks on Kenneth Bager's 2006 album Fragments From A Space Cadet.

Cruise provides the vocals for Delerium's "Magic" song . Cruise also provided vocals alongside Pharrell on Handsome Boy Modeling School's song "Class System".

Cruise has recorded an interpretation of the theme song for "Psych" on USA .

 Cover versions, film soundtracks and adverts
Cruise has recorded several memorable covers over the years, including Sir Cliff Richard's "Wired for Sound" with Btek, R.E.M.'s "It's The End of the World " with Eric Kupper, Eurythmics's "Sweet Dreams " with DJ Silver, and David Bowie's "Space Oddity" with Supa DJ Dmitry.

In 1996, Cruise with The Flow appeared on the Scream soundtrack with the song "Artificial World ".

In 2001, Cruise contributed two exclusive tracks to the "Nutcracker: An American Nightmare" soundtrack CD Maxi-single, "In Your World Of Blue" and "Never Let You Go".

In 2003, Depeche Mode songwriter Martin Gore included a cover version of Cruise's song "In My Other World" on Counterfeit², the second in his series of cover albums dedicated to his own musical influences and atmospheric inspirations.

In 2003, Cruise's song "The World Spins" was featured in an extended ballet sequence in Robert Altman's The Company.

Cruise's song "Floating" was featured in TV advertisements and trailers for the show The Riches debuting on FX Networks in March 2007. The next year her music was used in CSI Miami and most recently in an upcoming episode of "Psych."

In 2009, her digital-only album "My Secret Life" with collaborator DJ Dmitry contained a cover of Donovan's "Season Of The Witch" and a cover of Hybrid's "Fatal Beating" called "A Fatal Beating".

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Name Duration Released
The Fire in Me 00:00 2002
The Art of Being a Girl 00:00 2002
Three Jack Swing 00:00 2002
Falling in Love... 00:00 2002
Beachcomber Voodoo 00:00 2002
The Orbiting Beatnik 00:00 2002
Shine 00:00 2002
You're Staring at Me 00:00 2002
Cha Cha in the Dark 00:00 2002
Slow Hot Wind 00:00 2002
9th Ave. Limbo 00:00 2002
Everybody Knows 00:00 2002
Until the End of the World 05:33 1993
Kool Kat Walk 06:23 1993
Up in Flames 04:39 1993
Friends for Life 04:44 1993
Movin' in on You 04:04 1993
The Voice of Love 03:14 1993
The Space for Love 03:24 1993
Questions in a World of Blue 04:47 1993
This Is Our Night 04:06 1993
In My Other World 04:47 1993
She Would Die for Love 06:06 1993
Theme From Twin Peaks 04:45 1990
Floating 04:51 1989
The Swan 02:28 1989
The Nightingale 04:54 1989
I Float Alone 04:33 1989
Into the Night 04:42 1989
Mysteries of Love 04:27 1989
Rockin' Back Inside My Heart 05:45 1989
I Remember 04:11 1989
Falling 05:45 1989
The World Spins 06:38 1989

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