|A sample of a cover song by JubyPhonic|
"Toumei Answer" -English ver.-, composed by Jin
JubyPhonic (aka Juliet Simmons) is a YouTube artist as well as a voice actress and vocalist. Sometimes going by Juby, she is a fairly popular VOCALOID & anime coverist who writes her own translyrics, among many other things. She began singing on her channel May 29th, 2012, summer before her last year of high school-- just for some summer fun. But also because social anxiety & panic attacks were making it difficult for her to continue to perform onstage--and she refused to totally give up on something she loved, had been doing since little. The arts, creating--art, acting & singing--had always helped her cope, gave her life. So filled with trepidation, she closed her eyes & just gave it a go. As luck would have it, 7 years later she's recorded now more than 200 covers & reaches over three quarters of a million subscribers worldwide. JubyPhonic's YouTube channel is now nearing a third of a billion views. (May 2019) As Juby likes to say, her 3 yr old self filled with anime dreams would fall to her knees in shock at her life today! That summer fun, done with her heart in her throat, became a passion. Though it's a lot of really hard work 24/7, she has learned to embrace the insanity of it all. And though there have been several years of limited monthly releases, breaks and a hiatus of near a year, she has kept coming back! She's just very glad to have this opportunity to do something she loves--reaching hearts and sharing great music around the world. Juby also wanted to give more visibility to the many young 'bedroom composers' she loves, that speak eloquently thru music on so many human & sometimes difficult topics. So she began with the hope that singing English lyrics would reach more people around the globe & build appreciation for these songs. And that's finally happening. Since 2017, Juby's YouTube covers are now being translated & subbed (CC) by fans in almost 40 languages: Arabic, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Filipino, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Malay, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese. There are even a few translations done in Esperanto, an Intl language created to facilitate communication amongst people from different countries. (May 2019)
Besides recording cover vocals and writing her own translyrics/ lyrics, Juby also often provides her own subs, does some of the artwork for her site and covers, mixes audio and edits video. When time allows, she enjoys collaborating on original projects and re-mixes with other artists, composers and musicians. Her real hope though is in time to do more of her own original songs and re-mixes.
Although she often does most of her work alone (excepting the rare duet or collab) in 2015 she started doing more elaborate projects and artistically directing her own paid collaborations, now made possible with the support of her fans through Patreon.com. These time consuming projects can take a few months to a few years to complete. She has also collaborated on projects with various professional & non-professional groups worldwide. Juby often balances directing around 35+ project collaborations on the back burner--that's besides the many she is working on, at various stages of progress. But on the whole, the majority of Juby's covers are typically done in a tough, grueling work week. Her near 100 hr work week often includes college schoolwork & any professional voice acting jobs, overseeing her channel business & various projects, PLUS all the work that goes into 'the cover of the week' which often includes: research/lyric writing/vocals & harmony rehearsals & recordings/mixing/subbing/video editing/managing artwork & arrangers, composers & musicians, rights/social media sites & patreon announcements/mp3 downloads or digital releases...and more. Whew! And depending on the problems that surface on that cover, Juby may have a few or all 24/7 pedal-to-the-metal, hard crunch days before a release, before she can finally collapse into a heap to rest...and start all over again. Being a YouTube artist isn't easy. It's a lot of hard work with little to no time off. Juby tries to take breaks when looming burnout & mental health issues become a little too real.
Her voice has a characteristic stability, clarity, and brilliance along with a certain bounce to it. She is also known for being emotionally expressive and touching her fans' hearts. A soprano with a wide vocal range, she records in bright straight pop tones--contemporary pop. Her signature VOCALOID/ anime style varies from piercingly resonant in high pop/rock/electronic, to a gentle, intimate voice for acoustic & jazz covers in the mid-tones. Juby has been acting and singing onstage plus had vocal training since young.
Something unique about Juby is that she is able to bring her musical theater and voice over acting experience to each song's story and "become" the person in her covers. Performing as the character in the song's story, at times her singing voice and mixing may vary to suit the character or the different vocal styles of the songs.
Her skill with incorporating idioms and correct pronunciation/syncopation in her Japanese to English translations has made her translyrics favorites of many of her fans. At best she manages to preserve the intended meaning and feeling in rhyme as well as in singable lyrics, while still hitting the appropriate beats of the original composer/lyricist. Juby has received praise not just from global but Japanese fans as well as some Japanese producers when she covered their works: "Amazing lyrics... also good remix and good video as we all know. But This translation quality is quite something...unbelievable. The meanings and rhythms, both are perfect....20/10 IMHO by Dixie Flatline" (Sugarvine) "omg this is fantastic thx Juby 👾🎉"--雄之助/Yunosuke (Palll.Sensation) "Nice work!!"--Rasmus Faber (Waiting for the Rain from Asterisk War ED)
Out of over 200 released covers, more than a third have well over one million views. A few of her most popular English covers to date: "Drop Pop Candy" (14.7M views), "Game of Life", (9.3M), "Lost One's Weeping" (8.7M), Echo (7.3M), Bad Apple (8.2M), World is Mine (6.7M), Childish War (6.6M), Mind Brand (6.6M), Witch Hunt (5.8M), Rolling Girl (5.7M), Wildfire (5.6M), A Female Ninja But I Want to Love (4.6M). (May 2019) YouTube carries the majority of her covers. SoundCloud has over half of her covers plus different versions, acoustic, experimental collaborations with new composers, new re-mixes and mashups. Nico Nico (Japanese YouTube) carries less than half of her covers plus several covers not available on her YouTube or Soundcloud channels--like a cover from the popular anime Psycho-Pass, Namae no nai Kaibutsu, which made Nico rankings (Nico search: sm25527043) and Deja Vu done with Japanese Guiana Studios (Nico search: sm29100005). Also you may find JubyPhonic covers (uploaded by fans) on BiliBili (Chinese YouTube) where she has yet to open a channel.
In May 2019 JubyPhonic released her first digital album of covers to buy or listen to on streaming music services. It was a compilation of her Circus P covers called "Welcome to the Circus". (See Discography below)
She supports her fan's creative expression and all new creative works in general, thus her translyrics and covers are available for use as long as she (and the original work) is properly credited and used in projects for fun (non profit).
She depicts herself with pink/reddish hair, often with a yellow hoodie with long rabbit ears. Her pet and avatar is a rabbit in pink and white. She sees the rabbit as a symbolic invitation. The avatar rabbit beckons all to follow her down the rabbit hole--into another world of music and imagination. The idea of a rabbit was born of her very first channel (Usagi-chan).
In 2015 she branched out-- she ran her first "Skochbox Summer Cover Contest". And she had also already started streaming some fun/ serious talk shows with utaite friends, sometimes bringing in a guest, & always encouraging fan participation, Q&A. For 4 years The Unholy Quartet--Juby, Rachie, Kura, Anthong--did occasional streams on YouTube, dependent on their availability. The 'utaite friends talk' group begun by Juby had their own avatar, social media sites on Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, Discord. In 2019 The Unholy Quartet reorganized & morphed into Yonaka Tea Time, a monthly podcast organized around human interest & topics appealing to the anime/ VOCALOID community led now by Juby, Rachie & Anthong (Kura was short on time). Yonaka Tea Time also has its own social media plus now is published on multiple sites. On remote occasions, Juby also joins forces with her sister Genevieve, a voice actress like herself, to do podcasts on all things anime: shows, manga, conventions, voice acting.
A professional voice actress, Juliet Simmons (real name), has been working for over 6 years with Sentai Filmworks while attending college part time. Nearing the 100 dubbed shows mark, she has performed supporting and leading roles in over 80 shows plus been featured as a vocalist (May 2019). She sang & voice acted the lead in Anonymous Noise, Nino Arisugawa plus is the voice of globally popular Hello Kitty in 2018 dubs. She appeared on national tv on Cartoon Network’s Toonami in Akame Ga Kill as Kurome plus she played Chiyo Sakura in Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-Kun to rave reviews. The comedic fun of Chiyo was a dream role and her favorite character. In 2016 she was nominated for BTVA Anime Dub Awards 2015 for Best Female Lead Vocal Performance in an Anime Movie and in 2017 nominated for 2016 Award, alongside a stellar cast, for Best Vocal Ensemble Performance in an Anime series. In 2018 Juby was nominated 3 times for BTVA Anime Dub Awards 2017: for Best Female Supporting Vocal Performance in an Anime series, Best Vocal Ensemble in an Anime TV series, and Voice Actress of the Year!
As of 2015 Juliet Simmons (aka JubyPhonic) started accepting invitations to conventions across the country, where she periodically appears as a guest artist, panelist, and host, while signing autographs for both voice over & channel fans. Though shy & anxiety prone, Juby says she's found her acting skills to be a life & "face" saver. Being "on" at conventions 24/7 several times a year can be exhausting, but Juby does enjoy meeting with fans & presenting her fun, fact filled, "hands on" participation workshops on voice acting & other topics, along with her sister Gen. Starting in 2018, some appearances have been sponsored by HIDIVE, Sentai Filmworks' Anime Streaming Service.
Juby also writes under the pen name Gooby, as a contributing writer for GoBoiano---an anime and Japanese pop culture online publication. To find her articles, google GoBoiano.com/ Gooby.
Before becoming a Utaite and a voice actress, she wrote her own comic strip called Juby's Word of the Day .
For trivia, links to interviews, lists of conventions & links to Juby related sites, keep scrolling down.
Affiliations and Collaboration ProjectsEdit
List of Covered SongsEdit
Songs on SoundCloudEdit
ALBUM: Welcome to the Circus
1. Hello, Again 2. Copycat 3. Dream 4. Lovesongs 5. Karma 6. Lie 7. Candy Candy (Circus Arr.)
A Compilation Album (JubyPhonic + Circus P) Available: itunes, Amazon, Spotify, Google & more)
- She started performing in musical theater shows at age 3 and sang in school choirs beginning in elementary. At 12 she was taking private voice lessons---after attending and watching her siblings lessons weekly, since age 4.
- Besides voice, she grew up taking years of training in stage/ film acting, dance, choir, art & electronic media.
- She took Japanese classes in college. Latin Honor Society in high school.
- She was in the gifted program through most of school. Dean's & President's List in college, Phi Theta Kappa, Natl Honor Society. Her college Major is Communications. Minor: Psychology.
- She often shared the musical theater stage with her siblings and parents. Being creative runs in the family--singers, lyricists, poets, writers, artists, dancers, actors as hobby/work. Her sisters work in NYC in entertainment.
- She likes Yoko Kanno, Maaya Sakamoto, Megumi Nakajima, Osamurai-san, Kikuo, Rasmus Faber, Linkin Park, Lady Gaga, Coldplay and UVERWorld.
- She loves to interact with her fans. Best place to hear Juby's fun loving, deprecating humor is Twitter, her streams & podcasts or just read her cover descriptions. Juby does reply to e-mails--though it might take awhile. In 2015 her sister, Alissa, began helping to answer the many fans on YouTube and in 2016 she appointed a JubyPhonic Moderator OFFICIAL so Juby's increasing fans around the world were cared for.
- She likes to end fan e-mails with this positive thought: "Enjoy what's beautiful about the day wherever you are in the world! Do something you love. Do something that makes a difference. We all can make the world a better place, every day."
- She took the name "JubyPhonic P" because it rhymed with "Juby comics", which she had been drawing at that time. She added the P "because it seemed right" but switched to just "Jubyphonic" after realizing that the P in her name can also stand for "producer". She was not ready to put out original music as yet, till sometime in the future.
- She sings in English because, at first, as a perfectionist she believed she would just be embarrassing herself by singing in Japanese. Soon she realized she chose to write her own translyrics and sing in English because many English covers just didn't sound right & couldn't match the original Japanese song. English translations/ tranlyrics usually didn't have singable lyrics that could rhyme or hit the musical beats. Most importantly, she fell in love with these evocative, heartfelt songs & wanted them to reach more people around the world--people that otherwise might not have been adventurous enough to listen to a song in Japanese, but might listen to it in English. And now, since 2017, with the help of fans around the globe, you will find her YouTube covers may be translated & subbed (CC) in almost 40 different languages plus Esperanto, an Intl language. 
- Initially, her brother taught her how to mix. Based in Silicon Valley but moving back to Houston, he writes cutting edge software & owns his own intl company. Recently his 10 yr old company, Awesomium, morphed into Ultralight, after his latest cutting edge software release in 2019. It made the cut at Silicon Valley's Y Combinator & stayed at top of Hacker's News for a day.(If you are a computer geek, you know how great that is.)
- Her sister, Genevieve Simmons, is a film/stage actress while helping run a digital publication & organizing/ doing business dev for anime conventions across the US & the globe from NYC. A voice actor with Sentai, she has done supporting and lead roles in about 55 shows. She won BTVA Anime Dub Awards 2013 (Breakthrough Actress) plus nominated for Best Female Lead (Anime TV series). She was also nominated in 2014 & 2015 for Best Supporting Female (Anime TV series) and in 2016 for Best Female Lead (Anime TV series). A guest at conventions, Gen often appears with Juby & together they host fun, interesting workshops with some real meat to them, often related to voice acting.
- Her eldest sister, Alissa Simmons, is a singer & film/stage actress, while not booking entertainment in NYC. Interestingly, she did film capture for both Deunan and Nyx in Tokyo for "Appleseed Alpha" (2014). She sings cabaret shows in NYC and is an Off Broadway theater company member--when she is not busy filming (writing, directing, starring, songwriting) in indie films. An interesting note; starting in college, she was an award winning cosplayer (raised the bar in walk ons & skits while creating costumes, props & scripts). She was also a guest judge @ conventions for years. As luck would have it, one networking contact she made, Sentai Filmworks, was the ticket into voice acting for her, but mostly her sisters, since she moved onto NYC.
- Her whole family watches anime, reads manga, goes to conventions, and shares music files on Kanno Yoko, etc
- She lives in Houston.
- Her favorite utaites are Kashitaro Ito, Reol, Kanseru, and kradness.
- She has been working professionally as a voice actor for Sentai Filmworks for over 6 years while attending college part time. Nearing the 100 dubbed shows mark, she has performed supporting and leading roles in over 80 shows plus been featured as a vocalist (May 2019). She sang & voice acted the lead in Anonymous Noise, Nino Arisugawa plus is the voice of globally popular Hello Kitty in 2018 dubs. She appeared on national tv on Cartoon Network’s Toonami in Akame Ga Kill as Kurome plus she played Chiyo Sakura in Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun to rave reviews. The comedic fun of Chiyo was a dream role and favorite character. She was nominated in 2016 for BTVA Anime Dub Awards 2015 for Best Female Lead Vocal Performance in an Anime Movie/Special (Ryoko Sato in Aura: Koga Maryuin's Last War) and in 2017 nominated along with a stellar cast for BTVA Anime Dub Awards 2016 for Best Vocal Ensemble for an Anime TV series (Yukika Amami in My Love Story!!). In 2018 Juby was nominated 3 times for the BTVA Anime Dub Awards 2017: for Best Female Supporting Vocal Performance in an Anime series (Kanade Oe in Chihayafuru), Best Vocal Ensemble in an Anime TV series (Syr Flover in Is it Wrong to Try to Pick up Girls in a Dungeon?), and Voice Actress of the Year!
- She is a guest at conventions. She is a guest at conventions several times a year. Though shy, Juby enjoys meeting fans & presenting fun, fact filled, "hands on" participation workshops on voice acting & other topics, often with her sister Gen. As of 2018, some appearances have been sponsored by HIDIVE, Sentai Filmwork's Anime Streaming Service.
- Juby also writes under the pen name Gooby, as a contributing writer for GoBoiano---a top anime and Japanese pop culture online publication. To find her articles, google GoBoiano.com/ Gooby.
2018 Cosplay Realm Magazine NOV 2018 IDOL Issue; Digital & Hard Copy Magazine Article: JUBYPHONIC - JULIET SIMMONS INTERVIEW (It's a 4-pg spread interview w/pictures in the Nov Idol Issue of Cosplay Realm Magazine, an intl cosplay publication--it costs $18.59 per glossy print magazine or $6.99 for a digital copy viewable on any device. To buy go to: https://www.cosplayrealmmagazine.com/
2018 PeachTreeCornersLife.com at Anime Weekend Atlanta/ Atlanta, Georgia; Video: Voice Actors Bryan Baugus & JULIET SIMMONS INTERVIEWED at Anime Weekend Atlanta 10/7/18 https://peachtreecornerslife.com/2018/10/voice-actors-bryan-baugus-and-juliet-simmons-interviewed-at-anime-weekend-atlanta/
2018 AmerimeMedia.com at AnimeNEXT/ Atlantic City, NJ; Video: JULIET SIMMONS INTERVIEW 7/9/18 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sc0VO0_cpOc
2017 blog. Onehallyu.com - Asian Intl Forum (The Onehallyu Blog - OH!); Intl Asian Blog: A Q&A with Your Favorite English Cover Artists -- Janny (China), Margot Dr (France), JUBYPHONIC (USA), Mallorie Herrera (USA), Pellek (Norway) 7/30/2017 http://blog.onehallyu.com/qa-favourite-english-cover-artists/Vocaloide-Utatu-extras.blogspot.com.br
2016 Yattatachi.com JUBYPHONIC/ Juliet Simmons INTERVIEW Part 1; Podcast/ Transcript 7/8/2016 http://yattatachi.com/jubyphonic-interview-pt1
2016 Yattatachi.com JubyPhonic/ JULIET SIMMONS INTERVIEW Part 2; Podcast/ Transcript 7/15/2016 http://yattatachi.com/jubyphonic-interview-pt2
2016 Mashable.com - Artists cover the next hot boy band in style of robots and Bob Dylan - JUBYPHONIC INTERVIEW 2/16 (silly) Digital Article https://mashable.com/2016/02/03/baby-boiz-covers/#nCO0JKSu2iqK
2015 Voice of the Voices at Anime Midwest/ Chicago, IL; Video: JULIET SIMMONS INTERVIEW 7/20/2015 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDbid5xOQPA
2014 Vocaloide-Utatu-extras.blogspot.com.br - Brazil (Fandom Extras); Brazilian Blog & Hard Copy Magazine Article: JUBYPHONIC EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW 12/5/2014 http://vocaloide-utatu-extras.blogspot.com.br/2014/12/entrevista-exclusiva-com-jubyphonic_5.html
Anime Convention Guest Appearances Edit
Kawaii Kon 2019 - April 5-7, 2019 in Honolulu, HI
Anime Weekend Atlanta 2018 - September 20-23, 2018 in Atlanta, GA
San Japan 2018 - August 31 - September 2, 2018 in San Antonio, TX
AnimeNEXT 2018 - June 8-10, 2018 in Atlantic City, NJ
Anime North Texas 2017 - November 17-19, 2017 in Irving, TX
San Japan 2017 - September 1-3, 2017 in San Antonio, TX
GoDaikoCon 2016 - August 5-7, 2016 in Pontiac, MI
Anime Midwest 2016 - July 8-10, 2016 in Rosemont, IL
Bakuretsu Con 2015 - October 30 - November 1, 2015 in Colchester, VT
Anime Midwest 2015 - July 3-5, 2015 in Rosemont, IL
New York ComicCon 2018 - Oct 4-7, 2018 in New York City, NY (VOCALOID Covers Workshop w/Rachie)
Anime Expo 2018 - July 4-8, 2018 in Los Angeles, CA 2018 (VOCALOID Meetup)
Anime Expo 2017 - July 1-4, 2017 in Los Angeles, CA 2017 (VOCALOID Meetup)
External Links Edit
- Anime News Network
- Behind The Voice Actors page
Official Stores Edit
Juby opens stores(s) with varied items for Christmas and sometimes summer--check her twitter & tumbler. Amazon carries a variety of JubyPhonic t-shirts year-round.
Amazon.com/Clothing – JubyPhonic t-shirts https://www.amazon.com/Clothing-Shoes-Jewelry-JubyPhonic/s?ie=UTF8&field-brandtextbin=JubyPhonic&page=1&rh=n%3A7141123011