Singer/Songwriter Meets With Media To Discuss Upcoming Debut CD, A Wild RoseNashville, Tenn. (March 2012) - Singer/songwriter Julie Elias recently attended the National Religious Broadcasters Convention (NRB) for the first time. During NRB 2012, held Feb. 18-22, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, Elias spoke with broadcasters and other media representatives about her upcoming debut CD, A Wild Rose.
"My first experience at NRB could not have gone better. I was so impressed by all the media representatives in attendance. Not only were they friendly and professional, they genuinely encouraged my music ministry," Elias says. "It's a great feeling to have people excited to talk with me and hear my music, especially as a new artist at NRB."
Thousands of Christian broadcasters, programmers, ministers and others participated in the convention, which is presented annually by the National Religious Broadcasters.
Photo caption: Julie Elias, left, is interviewed during NRB by Toni Hembree of the Bible Discovery Network.
The annual Convention & Exposition is the largest nationally and internationally recognized event dedicated solely to assist those in the field of Christian communications. The dynamic Exposition consists of nearly 200 companies and is an active marketplace for those seeking tools and services to expand their ministries. NRB 2012 was Feb. 18-21 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville. The 2013 Convention is scheduled for March 2-5, 2013 in Nashville. For more Convention information go to www.nrbconvention.org.
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, A Wild Rose, set to release in Summer of 2012, which features 10 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 and A Wild Rose, visit www.julieeliasmusic.com.
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