Associate Pastor Julian Varner
|Associate Pastor Julian Varner||
Joined Apr 30 2013
Julian was raised in Harlem New York and has been playing the piano for over 40 years (since age 4). When all the neighborhood kids were playing basketball, he was studying Piano, French horn, Trumpet, Trombone, and Violin. At a young age, he has had recitals at Carnegie Hall, and many other prestigious places performing with the New York State and City band and orchestra.
Julian is currently serving as an Associate Pastor at Strait Gate Church in Mamaroneck NY, where he oversees the spiritual care and development of the Music and Arts department. A Church Musician and Minister of Music for 30 years, his previous experiences include over 10 years as an Assistant and Chief Musician at the Greater Refuge Temple Church, in Harlem, NY, Musician at St Lukes AME Church in Harlem, NY, Director of Music, Media, and Theatrical Arts at St Stephen Community AME Church in Harlem, NY, and Assistant Minister of Music at Salvation and Restoration COGIC in Brooklyn, NY.
Julian in tandem is a student at Nyack College Manhattan School of Music, pursuing a Degree in Sacred Music. He also attended the Center for the Media Arts, located in Manhattan, majoring in Audio and Recording Engineering. He has recorded his own album entitled “Julian and Friends” on Vectron Records, and was instrumental in bringing other artist to the label as well. He has worked on a variety of projects for Vectron Records, and also with G.T.S. Records, and Savoy Records. He also performed on the Strait Gate Judah Chorale’s Live Recording, distributed by Atlantic International Records. Along with other recordings that he has contributed to, Julian has also produced a Gospel Compilation album entitled “Choose Life“, with some of the hottest unsigned gospel artist and songwriters in the NY area. Julian has traveled to Brazil, touring Rio and Sao Paulo, as well as having traveled to Europe, Switzerland and many other places. He was also the Musical Director for an off Broadway Stage Play Written and Produced by JD Lawrence, entitled “When A Man Cries” featuring Tony Terry, El Debarge, Robin S, and the legendary Edwin Hawkins.
Julian is always working in the studio. “They Don’t Know” featuring Roxanne David is a single recently released by Julian for On Key Entertainment. Just one of many inspirational projects he is working on. Julian’s long-term goal is to provide an avenue for many young artists, musicians, singers, songwriters, and producers to reach their full potential in the Music Industry. He has provided production services to independent and professional artist alike in the making of demo and mastered projects in his own production studio, located in New Rochelle, NY.