Julie Gold

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Grammy Award-winning songwriter Julie Gold graces the stage at the Congregational Church of Huntington (30 Washington Drive, Centerport) on Saturday, Feb. 2, when the Folk Music Society of Huntington presents her as part of its monthly First Saturday Concerts series. Tickets are $25 ($20 for FMSH members).

Julie Gold is a New York songwriter best known for Bette Midler’s version of her song “From A Distance,” which won the Grammy Award for Song of the Year in 1991. That song has gone on to receive several-million airplays; been recited into the Congressional Record; been recorded internationally and translated into many languages; been illustrated as a children’s book and mass-produced in music boxes; been quoted in books, calendars and greeting cards; ad was used as the wake-up call for astronauts in the Mir Space Station the very first time the Americans hooked up with the Russians in outer space.

”It is one of those rare songs that has struck such a deep chord with the public that it succeeded in spite of not being trendy or formulaic,” wrote Stephen Holden in The New York Times. Although a myriad of artists have recorded “From A Distance,” Nanci Griffith was the first one to do so. Griffith has also covered Gold’s songs “Heaven,” “Southbound Train,” “Good Night New York,” “Mountain of Sorrow” and “Love is Love is Love.” Gold’s Emmy-nominated lyric “We’re 4 New York” aired on WNBC-TV for years. Her song “Thanks To You” was featured in the motion picture Andre, while “Dream Loud” was featured in Unfaithful and is also a favorite song of The Girl Scouts of America. Gold delights in the fact that she was paid in Girl Scout cookies for that transaction.

For several years in the early 1990s, Gold was part of the Four Bitchin’ Babes with Christine Lavin, Megon McDonough and Sally Fingerett. She has served on the Board of Governors for NARAS (The Recording Academy) and is a guest artist for Lincoln Center’s prestigious Meet the Artist series. Gold has released four CDs and is currently writing songs for the Oxford University Press for a series that teaches English to elementary school children all over the world. As the daughter of an immigrant, she sees this as her most meaningful endeavor to date.

Now in its 44th year, the Folk Music Society of Huntington presents two monthly concert series, a monthly folk jam and sing-along, and an annual folk festival in conjunction with the Huntington Arts Council.

Location: The Congregational Church of Huntington

First Saturday Concerts are held at the Congregational Church of Huntington, 30 Washington Drive, Centerport (at the Eastern border of Huntington, off Route 25A).

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