Juliet Roberts

Juliet Roberts

by Rakhee Bhatt

The Singer Empowering Women With Her Music

Singer Juliet Roberts owes her career to her mother—and Mariah Carey. The Southern California native grew up with a jazz-singing mom and would frequently accompany her to shows to help with the set up. The two would also record jingles at home, paving the way for Roberts to start songwriting and singing from a young age. “The one song that I loved to sing was ‘Hero’ by Mariah Carey because she was basically my voice teacher,” says Roberts. “I would try to do everything that she did.”

Her sophomore album, Things Keep On Changing, was recently released and already two of the songs have been used in major campaigns with the NBA and Dove. Here, Roberts chats about breaking through music barriers, the importance of owning your own look, and why going all in on her dreams was the best decision she ever made.

Q & A With Juliet

FOUR YEARS AGO YOU DECIDED TO FOCUS SOLELY ON MUSIC. WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO MAKE THIS TRANSITION?

It was really a combination of trust and just knowing that I needed to fully embrace it. I had already been making plans and I actually really thought it out. I was doing freelance cosmetics, and I told the girl I was working for and she was great. I put it down, told the universe, and told her that no matter what this is happening. Sometimes you just have to take the leap. If you’re halfway in, it doesn’t work after a while. There’s the reality if you want to do it and the dream. A lot of people will stay in that dream and get comfortable with the idea of it, and it’s very different from taking the steps and chances and trusting in your path.

YOU HAVE A NEW ALBUM OUT CALLED THINGS KEEP ON CHANGING. WHICH SONG RESONATES THE MOST WITH YOU AND WHY?

At the moment, it would be ‘Finally Mine.’ I didn’t sing it as a love song. I sang it like I’ve been doing this for a really long time and I have this deep connection with music. To see it used for another passion in basketball—it’s really similar about working hard, wanting something, loving it, and finally being able to see it blossom—has made it so much more meaningful.

THE NBA HAS NOTORIOUSLY USED MALE MUSICIANS LIKE COLDPLAY AND TIMBALAND IN THEIR ADVERTISEMENTS. WHAT WAS IT LIKE FOR YOU TO HAVE ‘FINALLY MINE’ USED IN THEIR PROMO SPOTS, ESPECIALLY BEING AN INDEPENDENT FEMALE ARTIST?

It really just tickled me because it shows that passion and true talent can shine through all of the craziness in the music industry. I’m really grateful. I think they made the right move because it’s something that people aren’t used to. I realized it was big, but I didn’t realize all the good that would come out of it. I think that all you want is more people hearing your music, and being able to touch them and inspire them. I was so used to the hustle and just making music, but now I’ve been able to reflect on my hard work and who I really am and what I want to be for other people out of this experience.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE?

Boho gypsy rock with a nod at the 1920s.

WHAT IS YOUR GO-TO OUTFIT?

I do like a lot of black, I’ll admit it. I probably wear too much black. I love to wear long draping kimonos, dusters, a pair of nice boots, and a velvet headband made by I’m With The Band or a black hat. I like a bright statement lip. Currently, I’m using a Kat Von D lipstick in metallic red—it’s the coolest color—and mixing it with a dark berry red. It stays on forever.

ARE THERE ANY MUSICIANS OR CELEBRITIES YOU LOOK TO FOR STYLE INSPIRATION?

Stevie Nicks, Marilyn Monroe, and Adele. I’ve always loved the way Adele has carried herself. She’s one of my favorites. She has a very put together look, but it’s real and polished.

WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR OTHER WOMEN WHEN IT COMES TO STYLE?

Whatever you’re going to feel the most yourself in, that’s what you should be wearing. If you like it, that means that it is for you. You just have to own it. That’s part of life, that’s the fun.

IS THERE A PHILOSOPHY OR MANTRA THAT YOU LIVE BY?

The one thing throughout my entire life that I’ve believed in and stood by is that if you really love something, and it’s pure, then you need to trust that it is made for you. You need to accept that it’s part of your life no matter what happens. Follow your heart and really connect to what you love, and trust the universe to take care of you. I’ve taken so many chances, jumped off so many high places, that I’m used to being scared now. Get used to being uncomfortable and scared because that makes you grow.

YOU JUST TEAMED UP WITH DOVE FOR A CAMPAIGN ON BULLYING. CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THAT AND THE SONG USED?

Dove is doing different episodes for uplifting and supporting women and dealing with different problems that arise. This specific one is about a young girl wanting to pursue her passion and having a hard time at school. Someone is giving her the light and hope that she can overcome it. The song being used in that is ‘Rise Above’ and it’s about feeling like there’s no light at the end of the tunnel. The song isn’t about afterwards and everything’s great, it’s about being in the middle of it and you have that voice in your head saying, “I’m going to get through this and it’s going to be okay.” As long as you have that hope, then you can pull out of it. A lot of my songs tend to lean towards pushing through and staying strong. I really love keeping the message of my music inspiring. ‘Rise Above,’ ‘Finally Mine,’ ‘Freedom’—they all have that common thread.

WHAT’S NEXT FOR YOU?

I’m going to be doing a large show in Los Angeles and inviting everyone who’s been on this journey and future journeys, and then doing a tour sometime later this year. We’ll probably start off on the West Coast and move from there. We also finished a live version of ‘Finally Mine’ in the studio that was really fun to do.

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