Being young and solidly grounded in your faith can be a challenge. Add to that, building an acting career in secular Hollywood and then you’re called to a singing career. That is the story of today’s guest, actor and singer- songwriter, Julie Elias.
18 “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.
19 See, I am doing a new thing!Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.
Singer ∙ Speaker ∙ Actor
“I was sensing that I was doing something for a much greater purpose than just myself. So I decided to commit to this crazy path that God seemed to have me on”
After making the networking rounds in Hollywood, Julie Elias was well on her way to becoming an up-and-coming actress thanks to various extra roles on Grey’s Anatomy, CSI: New York, Bones, Parks and Recreation, Weeds and other shows.
A Christmas trip to her hometown in 2010 caused Elias to reexamine her career options after she performed in her home church’s praise and worship band and sang in some local concerts.
“It took a seemingly routine Christmas concert that year for me to realize what I’ve been called to do. In fact, Christmas of that year was the most clear-cut, obvious message I’ve ever received from God, period! It was as if He said ‘I am spelling it out for you, in bold caps: PAY ATTENTION,'” Elias says.
At the beginning of 2011, Elias began making regular pilgrimages to Nashville to collaborate with Music City’s top songwriters and producers. The trips resulted in her national debut CD, A Wild Rose, produced by acclaimed producer Robert White Johnson, whose body of work includes songwriting and production credits with such artists as Celine Dion, Faith Hill, Larnelle Harris, Johnny Van Zant and Michael Bolton.
“I’ve always believed you can hear words, but you can feel music,” says Elias. “What is a relationship with God without feeling His presence through your entire being? Sometimes songs can touch you in a way that words cannot.”
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