Dallas, Texas (Nov. 21, 2011) - Singer/songwriter Julie Elias kicked off her Holy Night 2011 Christmas Tour November 20 in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada, with a concert of classic and original holiday songs. Elias, in her first tour as a solo artist, is set to perform throughout North America in the coming weeks, with stops in Washington, California, Nevada, Texas and Florida.
"I can't wait to celebrate Christmas with people across the country. I love that at this time of year even non-believers sing and listen to songs about Jesus' birth. EveryoneÂ knows 'O Holy Night,' 'The First Noel' and other carols," Elias says. "But I'm also excited to share some of my new Christmas songs!"
Elias, who has been in Nashville recently putting the finishing touches on a her debut CD set for an early 2012 release, is taking a break in the production schedule for the Christmas performances. During the shows, she will sing selections from her upcoming 2012 Christmas CD, Holy Night. During the tour, the 10-song collection will be available for pre-sale at the concerts and at her website, julieeliasmusic.com.
Photo caption: Julie Elias currently is traveling throughout North America with her Holy Night 2011 Christmas Tour.
About Julie Elias:
Elias' career spanned various facets of the arts — from leading worship to musical theater — before the singer/songwriter fully embraced her calling to become a recording artist. Though she's wholeheartedly committed to help listeners tap into their God-ordained purpose, she didn't arrive at her current calling overnight. In fact, her performance path looked completely different just two years ago when the Nevada native found herself in Hollywood pursuing work in film and television.
"I studied musical theater in college and there's something fascinating — and downright fun — about immersing yourself in a character. To participate in the preparation and rehearsal that goes into a performance is hugely enjoyable and gratifying. Making the move to Hollywood to pursue work in film and television seemed like a great way to make something I was passionate about into a career," says Elias.
After making the networking rounds in Hollywood, Elias was well on her way to becoming an up-and-coming actress thanks to various extra roles on Grey's Anatomy (where she was a regular for two seasons), CSI: New York, Bones, Flash Forward, Community, Parks and Recreation, Weeds and Dexter. She also appeared in several films as an extra, including Due Date, starring Robert Downey Jr., and Larry Crowne with Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts.
A Christmas trip to her hometown in 2010 caused Elias to reexamine her career options. She performed in her home church's praise and worship band, as well as singing 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, set to release in the first quarter of 2012, which features ten fresh tunes that chronicle her journey thus far.
As Elias gears up to make her mark on the modern day music scene with her engaging songwriting style and fresh pop/rock sound — influenced by Amy Grant, Natalie Merchant, Carrie Underwood and Sheryl Crow — she's committed to spreading faith-affirming messages that are just as uplifting to believers as they are inspiring to seekers.
"We are all constantly on a spiritual journey and mine is chronicled by music. I've always believed you can hear words, but you can feel music," Elias says. "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."
For more information about Elias, visit www.julieeliasmusic.com.
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