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Singer/Songwriter Shares Bill With Newsboys, Plumb, and More, During Event's First Year In Dallas-Ft. Worth Area
Julie Elias Performs at LifeLight Texas 2013

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 10, 2013) - Singer/songwriter Julie Elias was among the Christian musicians who recently welcomed the popular LifeLight Festival to Texas for its inaugural year. Sharing the stage with the likes of Newsboys, Plumb and others, Elias entertained the crowds with songs from her debut CD, A Wild Rose, during the three-day event held at Willowood Ranch, Sherman, Texas, in the greater Dallas-Ft. Worth area.

"It was very special to be a part of LifeLight Texas in its first year," Elias says. "The kids especially seemed to love the event—many had never been to anything like it before. Personally, this has been one of my favorite festival experiences so far—not just in my own time on stage, but I felt like I made a great connection with the people there, and that's what I had prayed for."

The free festival, which has sister events throughout the world, gathers top Christian music acts for a weekend of family entertainment. In addition to performing, Elias met many fans during the weekend during Meet and Greet opportunities.

Elias has strong ties to the Dallas-Ft. Worth area, where she currently is serving as Artist-in-Residence at White's Chapel United Methodist Church in Southlake, Texas, one of the 10 largest Methodist congregations in the nation, with an average attendance of 3,400 on Sundays.

LifeLight Communications has been producing free Christian music festivals since 1998, when its anchor event, LifeLight South Dakota Festival, was founded. By offering free admission, LifeLight's goal is that all may come and all may hear the Gospel message. The South Dakota event, held in Sioux Falls, S.D., now draws hundreds of thousands of people each year during the Labor Day weekend. The organization has expanded through the years to host festivals in Bethany, Mo., Texas, Guatemala, and Haiti.

For more information about Elias and A Wild Rose, visit julieeliasmusic.com. For more information about LifeLight and the festivals, visit www.lifelight.org/festival.

Photo caption: Julie Elias performs songs from her debut CD, A Wild Rose, during the recent LifeLight Texas Festival. (Doug Kovach photo)

About Julie 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, Parks and Recreation, Weeds and other shows, as well as several films, 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 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."

The release of A Wild Rose marks the culmination of a whirlwind year that has seen the singer/songwriter sharing the stage with some of Christian music's top artists at major festivals including Spirit West Coast, AtlantaFest, Ichthus, Creation NE, Cornerstone, Lifest, Sonshine and Creation NW. She also was chosen to perform on the Talent Spotlight Stage at Walt Disney World's popular Night of Joy and was selected for a soloist role in Ruth Graham's musical, Fear Not Tomorrow.

For more information about Elias and A Wild Rose, visit julieeliasmusic.com, or follow her on Facebook (facebook.com/julieeliasmusic) or Twitter (@julieeliasmusic).

About LifeLight Communications:
LifeLight Communications, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit Evangelistic Proclamation Organization. Those people associated with the company view themselves as missionaries, and base their work from Acts 1:8, "You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth." LifeLight exists to proclaim the Gospel through music and the message.

LifeLight's founding principle is to offer all festivals free of admission so that all may come and all may hear the Gospel message. The LifeLight South Dakota Festival, while the most visible area, is one of three areas of LifeLight's ministry: Festivals, Missions and Outreach. Yet LifeLight is one ministry with one mission, "Taking the Church outside the walls, bringing Light into the darkness with the life-changing message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ."

In everything LifeLight does, they must answer one question, "How is the Gospel going to be presented?" That is the common denominator, plain and simple.

LifeLight's first international outreach was in Karachi and Hyderabad, Pakistan. LifeLight's first expansion festival is being held in Bethany, Mo. New festival additions include Haiti, Guatemala and Texas.

For more information, visit www.lifelight.org.