Lunar Wild Child
Julia Dettwiler, founder/songwriter/lead singer of award-winning indie rock band Lunar Rogue, has been actively writing and recording during covid in hopes of releasing a solo album by the end of 2021. Music was not always her goal... it was actually never her goal. She started out wanting to be a social worker. As a volunteer at a homeless shelter, she got to care for children and chose her career path accordingly. It wasn't until college that she got pushed into the lead singer role in a band by a friend. Only signing on as a temporary "fill in" for rehearsals until a lead singer could be found, Julia got roped into performing a show and immediately fell in love with the stage. She remained the front woman for Grayson Wray Project for 2 years. After leaving GWP, Julia began writing music on her own for the the first time, a venture from the heart that she never knew she could do. A month later she had enough songs to start her own project. With the help of Craigslist, she built a band and in turn created Lunar Rogue.
As a child Julia had live music around her constantly with her parents and aunt and uncle rocking out in the garage every weekend. When her parents offered music lessons, Julia chose softball instead. Although it was not music, softball was still very valuable in teaching the leadership and teamwork skills which she still relies on today for music. She enjoyed playing sports and had no desire to be a singer or songwriter, yet somehow, Lunar Rogue has been Julia's pride and joy from the moment it was born.
Lunar Rogue found a quick start in the scene, having already played headlining shows at the Whisky, Viper Room, House of Blues in Hollywood and Anaheim, Cat Club, Key Club, Roxy, and Hard Rock Cafe Las Vegas and Hollywood. Growing success includes being awarded “Female Band of the Year” in 2017 by Indie Artists Magazine, “International Independent Band of the Year” in years 2013 through 2016 as well as the all time highest rated band in 2015 by Spiderwebradio, the #1 highest ranked rock radio station on the internet, where numerous tracks have remained in the Top 15 Artists chart every week since first spinning on the station in May 2013. The song “Another Night, Another Day” from their unreleased album was awarded “Song of the Year” in 2017 by KB Radio. In 2014 they were also nominated for “Band of the Year” by Woodbangers Entertainment, and their music videos for “Lonely” and “Pretty Little Mess” have been selected and screened at KSCR Radio’s Music Video Festivals in Hollywood, CA. “Lonely” was nominated for a Radio KSCR award in 2016. Their song, "Circles" was nominated for a Museboat Musie Award in 2020 and made their "Top 100 best songs of the decade" chart. Being featured in magazines (such as Rock n Roll Industries Magazine, Indie Artists Magazine, ION Indie Music Magazine, Woodbangers Magazine, and InterMixx Magazine) and interviewed on several TV and radio shows, has given them a platform to raise awareness for Infinite Hero Foundation. It is a cause the entire band sees as “important and worth working hard to get the word out”. Lunar Rogue’s full length debut album was released on October 26, 2013. They are currently working on a new album. More than 50 radio stations spin songs from the first album. There are a few who have and spin some of the unreleased tracks from the second album.
Julia co-founded Magazine Smile and writes and sings all songs for that band, as well. Although this is more of a side project and only a few songs have leaked, several radio stations have taken notice and liking to the more mellow stylings of Magazine Smile and keep them in rotation on their stations.
Having a versatile voice has given Julia the opportunity to record and perform with metal band Heavy Justice, rap artist SOLO, Latin band Rumba Buena, pop band Beautiful Gambler, and cover band Pretty Little Mess just to name a few.
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