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Julie Gold

Julie Gold was working as a secretary for HBO in New York when a telephone call from Nanci Griffith changed her life. An aspiring singer/songwriter, Gold had been waiting for her big break when a tape of her song, "From a Distance," was sent to Griffith by singer/songwriter Christine Lavin. Griffith was so impressed by the song that she called Gold seeking permission to cover it on her album, Lone Star State of Mind. Griffith's recording was only the first of numerous renditions of Gold's tune. In addition to Bette Midler's 1990 interpretation, which received a Grammy award as Song of the Year, the song has been covered by an eclectic range of artists including James Galway, Jack Jones, Patti LaBelle, Cliff Richard, Donna Summer, Phil Coulter, Kathy Mattea, the Byrds, Judy Collins, the Fujees, Andrea Marcovicci, Patti Lupone and the Texas Boys Choir. In addition to an award from BMI signifying over two million radio airplays, the song was adopted as an anthem in Ireland and received a Minute Man award from the U.S. Army for inspiring troops during the Persian Gulf War.

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