Singer/Songwriter Featured in Worship Event Based on Ruth Graham's Book Nashville, Tenn. - The DVD of Fear Not Tomorrow, the worship event featuring singer/songwriter Julie Elias, is being released this week by Risen Music Publishing. Elias is a soloist in the production, which is based on the best-selling book by Gold Medallion Award winning author Ruth Graham, daughter of evangelist Billy Graham.
"Participating in the Fear Not Tomorrow production has been such a memorable event for me and to have it captured forever on DVD is really cool," Elias says. "My prayer is that the DVD ministers to people who have been unable to attend the live event."
The 75-minute DVD was recorded during the worship event's premiere on August 28, 2011, at First Baptist Concord in Knoxville, Tenn. In addition to the guest soloists, the DVD showcases First Baptist Concord's choir, orchestra and worship team. Graham narrates the production.
Elias performs two songs during Fear Not Tomorrow: "Peace, Peace," which she sings backed by a 250-voice a cappella choir; and "Undone," the song that follows Graham's testimony during the show, an especially touching song for Elias, she says.
Graham's book, Fear Not Tomorrow, God Is Already There, details her voyage to discover the tremendous assurance of trusting in God as ultimate caretaker.
The Fear Not Tomorrow DVD is produced by Concord Studios, the video production division of First Baptist Concord. For more information or to order the Fear Not Tomorrow DVD, visit risenmusicpublishing.com.
Photo caption, Top: Ruth Graham, left, with Julie Elias after the debut performance of Fear Not Tomorrow at First Baptist Concord in Knoxville, Tenn. (Risen Music Publishing photo)
Photo caption, bottom: Fear Not Tomorrow DVD cover Fear Not Tomorrow DVD cover 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."
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