About the Mentor
Christchurch native Julia Deans is an irreplaceable part of the NZ soundscape, with a long-reaching stellar career as a solo artist and member of Banshee Reel, Fur Patrol and The Adults. Her versatility as a vocalist has allowed her to take the musical theatre stage as Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar and feature in Auckland's Cabaret season with an evening of songs by Joni Mitchell.
Julia has collaborated with a wide variety of other celebrated NZ artists including Tiki Taane, Anika Moa, Anna Coddington and Cairo Knife Fight.
A former student at Burnside High School in Christchurch, Julia delighted students and teachers by returning there in 2015. Teacher Gavin Hurley says,
"It was an absolute joy to have Julia with us. We'd love to have her back again in the future. She was wonderful with our students."
Julia has been a part of our programmes since 2010.