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My special guest on the show today is our friend Julian Austin.
Julian has been writing songs and playing guitar since the young age of 13. Though Rock was his first love, It was in the early part of 1990 Julian began slowly falling in love with the then “NEW” country sound that was evolving and taking over the airwaves around the world.
In 1996 Julian signed a major recording contract with BMG Music Canada and soon after embarked on his first ever cross Canada tour as the opening act for Michelle Wright on her ‘Chevy Thunder Tour’. With his number hit ‘Little Ol’ Kisses’ Julian’s record sales started to take off earning him his first certified Gold Record in just six short months.
In 2004, Julian started to make trips overseas to perform for the troops. Since then Julian has made several trips to places such as Bosnia, Southwest Asia, Afghanistan, CFS Alert and has performed at almost every CF military bases across Canada. Upon his return from first visit overseas Julian was inspired to write a tribute song to Canada’s Heroes both past and present titled ‘The Red & White’.
Julian’s patriotic heart and pride for his country is no secret for those who know him. This passion has inspired him to write many songs honouring his country and those who have fought and died defending it. His support of our military and Veterans has earned him the nickname G.I. Jules, a name he considers to be quite an honour.
Julian aka G.I. Jules is now on the board of directors for “Courageous Companions”. A foundation that rescues and trains service dogs for our Veterans, still serving members, first responder’s as well as R.C.M.P.
Julian has recently been presented with two Governor General’s Awards. In 2012 Julian was awarded the prestigious “Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal” on behalf of the “Canadian Veteran’s Advocacy”, and in February of 2014 Julian also received the “Caring Canadian Award” presented on behalf of his Excellency David Lloyd Johnston our now Governor General to Canada.
As always, there’s a lot to talk about with Julian, plus we’ll spin his take on the Jimmy Buffet tune Margaritiville.
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