decades, Julian Velard has turned heads as an all-around entertainer and
creative force in the worlds of music and comedy. His technical versatility and
one-of-a-kind aesthetic has made him ubiquitous across media - a piano man
turned renaissance man, from the stage to the screen to the smartphone.
listeners and fans hold Velard as one of the best-kept secrets in the arts. In
the mid-’00s, he posted a batch of demos to Myspace that led to a major label
bidding war and a stint as a London-based pop star. His albums and live shows
drew rave reviews from The Guardian and Time Out. Before long, he
returned to his native New York, becoming a regular on The Howard Stern Show
and NPR’s Ask Me Another, an artist-in-residence at The Public Theater,
and a singer-songwriter with a cult following in (of all places) The
Netherlands. His one-man musical Please Don’t Make Me Play Piano Man earned
rave reviews, with Broadway World hailing it among the best shows of 2020.
uncanny fluidity as a performer has made a mark in the worlds of commercial
media and event planning. His unique vision and storytelling chops have powered
virtual and in-person events for YouTube, Yelp, Twilio, The Whitney Museum and
others. His songwriting, production skills, and distinctive baritone have
caught ears in ads for Google, Coca-Cola, Buzzfeed, Wix, Audible and Aldi
Supermarkets. And he’s seen songs and videos go viral thanks to coverage from
Mashable, The A.V. Club and even the New York Knicks.
Beyond his solo work, Velard has happily shared
the spotlight with a galaxy of talent. He’s been seen performing alongside
musicians like Jamie Cullum, Paul Carrack and Goldfrapp and comedians Will
Ferrell, Reggie Watts, Paul Scheer, Jack McBrayer and Rob Huebel. And his
know-how as a one-man band, road crew and traveling showman has led to a
variety of platforms to deliver the goods, including hosting live piano karaoke
at Sid Gold’s Request Room and the creation of Julian Velard’s Virtual Lounge,
an original venue streaming exclusively on Twitch.