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Ray Charles’ Visual Impairment May Have Fueled His Creative Genius: Celebrity Legacies

Celebrity Legacies on ReelzChannel is back! I am so excited for these new episodes to air.

American musician Ray Charles has been referred to as “The Genius” for good reason; known as the father of soul, Ray combined elements of gospel, rock, country, and jazz to produce a truly unique sound. Additionally, he was one of the first African Americans to have almost complete artistic freedom with a major record label. A prolific pianist, songwriter, and performer, Ray enthralled the nation with such hits as “Hit the Road Jack,” “I Got a Woman,” and his acclaimed cover of “Georgia On My Mind.”

Ray Charles’s Successes

The smashing success of Charles’s decade-spanning career is clearly evident: 17 Grammy awards, induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and other creative masters like Frank Sinatra and Billy Joel singing his praises. Even the United States Postal Service paid homage to Ray by putting his face on a forever stamp in 2013. But when you consider the fact that he developed glaucoma as a young child and was completely blind by the age of 7, his accomplishments become truly remarkable.

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Want New Music? Become a Backer for New EP

I am SO excited about this new batch of songs I’ve been writing. A handful of songs are almost ready to see the light of day…BUT I need to raise the funds to cover the cost of studio rental, arrangers, musicians, engineers, mixing mastering, cover photo and design, etc…and that’s where you come in!

Julie de Azevedo Concert in Idaho Falls Oct. 18

Julie de Azevedo Hanks concert

I’m breaking out my guitar and brushing up on my piano songs for a rare concert on Oct. 18 in Idaho Falls for an audience of all women.  If you’re in the ID Falls area I hope you’ll join me and help me spread the word!

Kingston Plaza, Idaho falls

Friday, October 18, 2013

6 to 7:30 p.m.

Listen to the radio spot below…

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Got song requests? Post them in the comments below and I’ll see what I can do!

Molly Mormon Died Today New Music Video

I thought the release date of my first book  would be a great day to proclaim the death of the cultural unrealistic expectations… “Molly Mormon.”

On day a few weeks ago my kids were showing me the video “Dumb Ways To Die”, a hilarious safety campaign by the Australian Metro that became a YouTube phenomenon and is now a smartphone game. It got me thinking….

I started giggling as I imagined funny ways that “Molly Mormon”, the cultural myth of perfectionism, could die. Since the gist of my first book The Burnout Cure: An Emotional Survival Guide For Overwhelmed Women is about taking good care of ourselves, rejecting perfectionism and unrealistic expectations that prevent us from feeling “good enough” in our efforts. I hope women will embrace realistic expectations and treat themselves as kindly and generously as they treat others.

Find out more about The Burnout Cure book

Enter The Burnout Cure Giveaway! (ends this Friday)

Purchase The Burnout Cure on,, or at LDS retailers everywhere!

What cultural expectations are you going to let go of today? Feel free to comment below.

Please like, share, tweet, post using #MollyMormonDiedToday #BurnoutCure


Feel The Fire Live Performance by Julie de Azevedo & Lex de Azevedo

Gratitude and love to all of you who attending my concert last week at Brigham Pianos in American Fork, UT. I loved putting on my singer-songwriter hat for an evening and spending it with so many friends and fans. It was a special treat to have my dad, Lex de Azevedo accompany me on several songs. At the last minute I decided to record the concert and Doug Larson of Pointe Digital graciously filmed the evening.

Here’s the song “Feel The Fire” (iTunes). We’ll be editing and posting more song videos soon so please check back.

Feel The Fire
(Written by Julie de Azevedo & Tyler Castleton)
Holy breath
Move in me
Warm my soul
Fill my need
I’ve grown so cold
From bitter rain
I need to feel the fire again

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Greatest LDS Songs Of All Time? Thank You!

What an honor to be in the company of so many of my dear friends and music colleagues…Janice Kapp Perry, Micheal McLean, Hilary Weeks, Kenneth Cope, Roger Hoffman, Clive Romney, my dad, Lex de Azevedo, Cherie Call, and so many more. Each of these songwriters has touched my life in profound ways. Thank you to those of you who’ve listened to my songs through the years and made them your own.

Read the entire list on

Here are a few of my songs that have made the list:

16. “A Window to His Love,” Julie de Azevedo (iTunes) (Sheet Music)

50. “Women at the Well,” Julie de Azevedo (written by friend Kenneth Cope) (iTunes) (Sheet Music)

53. “Masterpiece,” Julie de Azevedo (iTunes) (Sheet Music)

61. “Mercy’s Arms,” Julie de Azevedo (iTunes) (Sheet Music)

81. “Hands of Heaven,” Julie de Azevedo (iTunes) (Sheet Music)

98. “Keeper of the Flame,” Julie de Azevedo (iTunes) (Sheet Music)


Julie de Azevedo Concert This Friday (accompanied by Lex on piano)

While I often in a song here and there during workshops and keynotes,  It’s been several years since I’ve done a full concert. So when Brigham Concert Series invited me to perform as part of their concert series I thought it would be fun to dust off  my guitar, practice piano a bit, and take a musical walk down memory lane.

Since the venue is small, only 100 seats, I thought it would be fun to invite my dad Lex de Azevedo to accompany me on several songs. Who knows? Maybe we’ll break into a little Saturday’s Warrior/My Turn on Earth Medley. It’s going to be a low-key, casual, intimate event. I hope you’ll join me.


THIS Friday, February 8
8:00 PM (Doors open at 7:30 pm)


Brigham’s Pianos
211 West 200 South
Pleasant Grove, UT 84062


$15 Purchase Tickets Online

Song Requests?

If you have any song requests post them in the comments below or on my Julie de Azevedo Facebook page


Some Children See Him: Live Christmas Performance

“Some Children See Him” is one of my all-time favorite Christmas carols! I captured this recording of my performance tonight on my iPhone at my Dad’s musical Christmas party. My Dad, Lex de Azevedo, is accompanying me on his beautiful Steinway piano – the same piano that I grew up playing my entire life. The older I get, the more I appreciate what a treat it is to be accompanied by a world-class musician (even if he does forget a chord or two).

Merry Christmas!