2018 - Women Who Rock
Julie Christensen (born January 21, 1956) has released five albums as a solo artist, and in January 2016 released The Cardinal with her band, Stone Cupid. Christensen, a founding member of the Divine Horsemen, has toured extensively with Leonard Cohen.
Christensen was born in Iowa City and grew up in Newton. Her three brothers were also musicians, two of them played together in a band, Jonesin', who were inducted into the Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013.
During her freshman year at the University of Iowa, Christensen joined Longshot, a country rock band; to tour with them, she dropped out of college. In 1978 she began singing with a show band, and after a year on the road, she moved to Austin, Texas.
In 1981 Christensen moved to Los Angeles and began to sing with the underground bands of the early Los Angeles punk scene. By 1984, Christensen and Chris D. had founded the Divine Horsemen, in 1985 they were married. The Divine Horsemen's music combined elements of punk, rock, blues roots and country; it was later considered to have "foreshadowed the alt-country genre. The Divine Horsemen toured frequently and released three studio albums and two EPs between 1984 and 1987.
Three months after she left the Divine Horsemen, she was approached about working as a backup vocalist on an upcoming Leonard Cohen tour. She began a 7-month tour as backup singers for Cohen in March 1988 and continued to tour with him off and on for the next six years.
The documentary film Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man was based on the 2005 Sydney performance of Came So Far for Beauty. Christensen was featured both in the film and on the accompanying soundtrack, released in 2006.
In 1989, Christensen signed with Polygram Records as a solo artist.
In 1994, Christensen moved from Los Angeles to Ojai, California, where she focused on songwriting and recording as a solo artist. She released her solo debut album, the 1996 album, Love is Driving. Her second solo album, Soul Driver came out in 2000, and in 2006 and 2007 released Something Familiar and Where the Fireworks Are, two stylistically distinct records which she wrote and recorded simultaneously. Rather than using her name, she often performed and used the name Stone Cupid.
Christensen and her family relocated to Nashville in 2013. In addition to performing as a solo artist, she played regularly with a full-fledged band, Stone Cupid.