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Juliet Simms is a “Wild Child” (and I hope she stays that way)

Posted by Shamir Lee on 07/19 at 04:14 PM

For anyone who watches NBC’s singing show The Voice, Juliet Simms might not be a new name to you. I don’t watch the show, but one day my mom was telling me how much she liked the most recent season (season 3 at the time) with Shakira and Usher brought in as judges, as opposed to Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo. I wanted to know what was so great about it, so I looked it up on YouTube. Instead of finding season 3, the season before came up, and Simms’s blind audition was at the top of the list.

She sang The Beatle’s song “Oh! Darling” from their 1969 album Abbey Road, and from the moment her raspy voice began, I was mesmerized. This is the kind of voice I wanna hear! Simms’s voice is reminiscent of great female rock voices throughout music history: Stevie Nicks, Janis Joplin, Joan Jett, Pat Benatar, and others. Even her demeanor, her clothing style, her long dark hair with bangs - it all reminds me of a time where female vocalists had attitude and individuality…of course I wasn’t alive then, but I can dream.

Simms, 27, might be more well-known for her relationship with Black Veil Brides’ vocalist Andy Biersack, but anyone who’s focusing on that part of her private life is missing out on her raw talent. She was formerly the vocalist and guitarist for Automatic Loveletter (which experienced many setbacks over the eight years since its conception) before even auditioning for the famous singing show. After taking the runner-up position, she released her first single as a solo artist, “Wild Child.”

I prefer the acoustic version, posted below. The official version, in my opinion, sounds a little bit too overproduced and doesn’t highlight her unique vocals. Simms has even stated herself that she enjoys singing acoustically. If she continues to go in this direction, without changing her individuality and unique style, I can see her going far, bringing female rock vocalists back to the forefront of music.

{name} Author: Shamir Lee
Bio: Shamir Lee is a senior majoring in Advertising. She’s a writer for Penn State’s CRITIQUE, a student-run business magazine. Additionally, she has created ads and flyers for One Heart, an organization fighting against child sexual abuse. She’s interested in looking at cats, doing ballet, exercising, and ending animal cruelty. In her free time, she enjoys watching horror movies, some of her favorites being Satoshi Kon’s Perfect Blue and the 2003 remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre ("sorry, I just really like the cinematography"). Music is a big part of her life, as she plays piano, a little bit of guitar, and used to play saxophone. Some of her favorite musicians are Jason Becker, BUCK-TICK, Megadeth, Aivi Tran, Missing Persons, Nina Hagen, Prince, and Koji Kondo.

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