Press and Fan Reviews

HOW SWEET THE SOUND

Dear Julia,

On behalf of the entire Music at Asbury committee, I want to thank you for the phenomenal program you performed here at Asbury last Sunday! It was a privilege to present you in the program, “How Sweet the Sound,” which gave our audience members a wonderful insight into the evolution of American music from slavery to the jazz age.

You are a compelling artist with a beautiful voice and a dynamic presentation, backed up by a band that is top-notch. Your program was thoughtfully curated, informative, and engaging for audience members of all ages and musical backgrounds. We loved how you used the space of our sanctuary, included the audience, and made the music “come alive.” “How Sweet the Sound” was certainly a highlight of our Music at Asbury series!

You and Lorraine were so professional in all respects and were an absolute pleasure to work with from the first interaction to the post-event wrap up. We especially appreciated your efforts to help us publicize the concert, which resulted in many new audience members attending our series. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Asbury stage with another of your wonderful programs in the near future.

Again, thank you for your artistry, your professionalism, and your generosity of spirit. You are a treasure!

Yours,
Mary T., Minister of Music

Ms. Simpson has lit up our stage, educated, inspired and enriched the lives of the students at The New York Institute for Special Education for 8 years. Both students and staff look forward to her annual presentation to help us celebrate Black History Month. This year was no different! Inspired by history, the original, intelligent and historical musical presentation of “How Sweet the Sound” by Julia Simpson, was amazing, entertaining and riveting. Incorporating a variety of musical genres, our students were introduced to American classics such as “Birth of the Blues” and “Maple Leaf Rag.”

While appropriate and entertaining for children ages 6-21, Ms. Simpson’s performance is always motivational for many of our older children who have dreams of being performing artists. After the performance, Ms. Simpson and her musicians answer questions about the performance as well as the development of their various skills and talents. This offers students the opportunity to learn more about how Ms. Simpson and the musicians acquired their education and honed their talents. The value of these life lessons is immeasurable.

The well organized and coordinated efforts of Ms. Lorraine Godwin, Ms. Simpson’s Managing Director, enabled our school to facilitate and provide an amazing opportunity for our students to experience and celebrate Black History Month in a very special way.

It is with deep and genuine appreciation that I would like to express my gratitude to Ms. Simpson, Ms. Godwin and the musicians for an exceptional experience in “How Sweet the Sound.”

Sincerely,
Tina P.

To Whom It May Concern,

Julia Breanetta Simpson’s has been an exemplary supplement to our instruction at The School at Columbia University. I have had the pleasure of working closely with Ms. Simpson, for she has been a part of our social studies instruction in the Third Grade.

I continue to be impressed with Ms. Simpson’s professionalism. Poised, personable and knowledgeable, she is clearly equipped to teach students about periods of African-American history from multiple perspectives to different age groups. She is able to facilitate music instruction to adults and students. She captivates her audience with charisma and a fusion of compelling storytelling and music.

I am confident that Ms. Simpson would be incredible asset to any school’s instructional programming.

Sincerely,
Francoise S.

CLASSY & SASSY: A LENA HORNE TRIBUTE

Dear Julia –

You are so talented! Brian, Connor and I had a fantastic time last evening at your Lena Horne tribute. I love that you structured the show with narrative about her life. You introduced us to stories about her struggles and her grit, and included songs that

cohered thematically. (This Little Light of Mine was a surprising but brilliant choice. Great message.) The boys and I were talking on the car ride home about the USO story, which we all found shocking but sadly not shocking. (Colin Kaepernick has yet another predecessor I hadn’t known about.) Julia, you opened the door to our wanting to learn more about Lena – I’ve been reading about her this morning. What a gift!

I was also truly impressed by your showmanship and your ability to inhabit playful, wistful, saucy, lonely – well the list goes on. Your acting and singing blend so beautifully that each song last night was a brand-new experience. Even Stormy Weather  which I’ve heard hundreds of times – sounded so fresh in your hands, and affected me deeply. It was terrific being an audience member with you in the spotlight. You dazzle. Thank you for a wonderful wonderful evening. I will come to any show you do. Please let me know!

You are great energy.

Margaret

Dear Julia,

I want to extend a huge “thank you” for giving us another outstanding performance in the library’s Ossie Davis Theater this past Sunday. “Classy and Sassy: A tribute to Lena Horne” was excellent in every way. From your top notch ensemble to your fabulous voice and stage presence, the program delighted and captivated all audience members. The introductory video set the tone for the tribute to the Ms. Horne, and your subsequent performance was a truly fitting, wonderful homage! I heard rave reviews from all who attended.

We so appreciate your professionalism and your extraordinary talents, as well as the support of the terrific Breanetta Productions team. We look forward to hosting your future productions!

Most sincerely,
Barbara D.

HARLEM ON MY MIND

I learned things that night that I’d never known, especially about how the history and the music all fit together and what the Harlem Renaissance was all about. I was totally thrilled, impressed and entertained. Children, youth and adults really need to hear this story where history and music combine in the story of a people. Thank you for presenting so much in a tight storyline that made the audience care about and believe in the character.

Rev. Dr. William J. Damrow, Pastor

St. Luke’s Evangelical Lutheran Church

This is a unique show that combines entertainment with education, and adds some comedy as well. It can be enjoyed by children and adults of all ages. Julia Breanetta Simpson is an incredibly talented woman who is able to keep audiences engaged in her one woman show from the opening song to the encore.

Susanne Kuligowski, Chief Operating Officer The Junior League of the City of New York

“Ellington once said ‘Music is my mistress, and she plays second fiddle to no one.’ The same can be said of Julia Breanetta Simpson who led the audience in song, history and dialogue through a glorious evening. Her velvety notes sailed and floated.”

-The Post Eagle, NJ

“Julia And The Duke”, Honoring the music and legacy of the “King of Jazz” – Edward Kennedy Ellington – who we know as the “Duke,” backed by a piano, bass and percussion combo, Julia offers popular standards, along with little known gems.

“The heart of jazz and soul are found in the melodic vocals of Julia Breanetta Simpson”. “We swooned from the sensuous sounds of “Julia and the Duke” at our spring affair.

President Lena Anderson, White Plains/Greenburgh NAACP