Julia Keefe, a member of the Nez Perce Tribe, has been a professional jazz vocalist and actor for over a decade, performing all over the US and Europe, and opening for legendary performers like Esperanza Spalding and Tony Bennett. She will make her big screen debut in the upcoming feature film, Virginia, Minnesota, which will be coming to theaters this summer.
Julia was born in Seattle, WA, and spent her early years on the Nez Perce Indian Reservation in Idaho. She graduated with honors from the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music, earning her Bachelor’s in Music. After spending time in Paris and Los Angeles, Julia returned to Washington State to teach jazz voice at Gonzaga University. She also worked on the communications team of a federal consulting firm called Kauffman & Associates, specializing in social media and outreach.
While in Spokane, Julia helped to create One Heart Native Arts & Film Festival, a two-day celebration of contemporary indigenous stories from indigenous perspectives. She is now on the board of One Heart. She will be continuing her education and pursuing her masters at Manhattan School of Music this fall.