Julia Fordham (born 10 August 1962, Portsmouth, England) is a British singer-songwriter based in California. Her professional career started in the early 1980s, under the name "Jules Fordham", as a backing singer for Mari Wilson and Kim Wilde.
In 1988, she released her first album on Circa Records, Julia Fordham. The album, which contained the UK Top 40 single "Happy Ever After" (#27 in August), introduced her as a singer with considerable vocal range, and her deeply emotional lyrics endeared her to a small, committed audience. Licensed to Virgin Records America, the album was a minor hit and paved the way for the success of 1989's Porcelain. The single, "Manhattan Skyline", was an adult contemporary radio and VH-1 hit.
Fordham has had chart success since that time, and she continued to record throughout the 1990s. Three subsequent albums: 1991's Swept which featured the UK Top 20 single "Love Moves (In Mysterious Ways)" (#19 in February 1992) (The Butcher's Wife soundtrack – a movie starring Demi Moore), 1994's Falling Forward and 1997's East West received some critical praise. 1998's The Julia Fordham Collection recapped the best-known songs from these five albums, and included new versions of recordings including "Where Does The Time Go", which featured the vocals of Curtis Stigers.
In 2006, she released her Baby Love EP via AWAL (Artists Without A Label). The EP is a collection of songs inspired by the birth of her daughter, Marley Rose. Also in 2006, Fordham appeared in a music video for the Judith Owen track, "Here", playing the part of Owen's mother. The video was directed by the actress Jamie Lee Curtis. In 2007, Fordham appeared as guest vocalist on the track, "Carry", on Owen's album, Happy This Way.