A 9-song concept album inspired by the frustration of being a lifelong pianoman and staring deep in the face of your fears. Recorded at The Clubhouse in Rhinebeck, NY March 7-12 2017. Co-produced by Frank LoCrasto, Steve Power, and Julian Velard.
If You Don’t Like It, You Can Leave
A love letter to New York City; tales of happiness and heartbreak across the five boroughs. Recorded in Rhinebeck, NY in 2013. Co-produced by Steve Power (Robbie Williams, Joe Cocker) and Grammy Award winner Will Hensley.
Mr. Saturday Night
A throwback to the golden days of AM radio; 12 piano-pop originals that recall Billy Joel and Elton John at their peak. Recorded in London throughout 2009 and 2010. Produced by Jerry Abbott and Grant Black and mixed by Steve Power.
Intended to be Velard’s major label debut, The Planeteer introduced mainstream listeners to his brand of cockeyed piano pop, including his biggest radio hit, “Joni.” Recorded in Brooklyn and London in 2007-2008. Produced by Roger Greenawalt (Ben Kweller, The Pierces) and Steve Power.
JV’s self-produced, self-released debut laid the foundation for his original, engaging sound, with 10 originals backed by a jazzy five-piece combo. Recorded live in Suffern, NY in August 2002.
Julian Velard’s musical stylings and comedic timing have made him a fixture on The Howard Stern Show and NPR’s Ask Me Another. His music initially took hold overseas nearly a decade ago, where praise from The Guardian, Time Out London, and The Sunday Times led to a UK major label record deal.
He’s toured internationally as an opening act for Jamie Cullum, Paul Carrack, and Goldfrapp. He has also performed alongside a host of comedians including Will Ferrell, Reggie Watts, Paul Scheer, and Wyatt Cenac. Velard has written scores of songs for the internet and beyond including the viral sensation HP Joelcraft which was featured in Mashable, The AV Club, and Nerdist.
In 2017, he was an artist in residence at the prestigious Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater in New York City. His latest album Fancy Words For Failure, was profiled in The Wall Street Journal.
Velard has two releases due out in 2018: the debut of Comfort Zone, his collaboration with comedian Brooke Van Poppelen, and an EP of songs about fatherhood called Sad Dad.