Julie Gold

February 19, 2024

Iconic Singer-Songwriter-Raconteur

Julie Gold is a New York City singer/songwriter, best known for Bette Midler’s version of her anthem, “From a Distance.” The song won her the Grammy Award for Song of the Year in 1991. It’s been recorded by a wide range of artists, including Nanci Griffith, Donna Summer, Cliff Richard, The Byrds, Judy Collins, Sinéad O’Connor, David Archuleta, Jewel, Karen Mason, and Amanda McBroom. The song was used as a wake-up call for the astronauts aboard The Mir Space station, the first time the American team rendezvoused with the Russians. It has been recited into the Congressional Record. And it has become a part of greeting cards, music boxes, and even a singing stuffed bear. 

Artists who have recorded other Julie Gold songs include Lea Salonga, Kathie Lee Gifford, Patti LaBelle, Patti LuPone, Andrea Marcovicci, and Carol Woods. Her song “Dream Loud” was featured in the movie Unfaithful with Richard Gere and Diane Lane. Gold was the Emmy-nominated lyricist for a long-running NBC promo, “We’re Four New York.” 

She worked for the Oxford University Press, writing songs that continue to teach English to elementary-school-aged kids around the world. This is still one of her proudest accomplishments, as her mother was an immigrant who had to learn English as an 8-year-old.

When she’s not at the piano, Julie is at Chelsea Piers, swimming. She lives in Greenwich Village with her cat, Lassie.


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