We love music around our house and so when I had the opportunity to review “A Girl Like Me,” the new CD by Julie Elias, I took it. If you are like me, I saw this CD cover and thought to myself that she looks really, really familiar. I just couldn’t put my finger on it. As it turns out, Julie was an actress in Hollywood. You may have seen her in “Grey’s Anatomy” or “CSI:NY.” Her life in Hollywood was not bringing her the contentment that she knew she could as she was living her life for Christ. Stepping out on faith, Julie left Hollywood behind and began looking ahead to what God had for her. That led Julie to pursue a career in music believing that her life experiences could encourage others in their faith.
In her music, Julie shares her heart by sharing personal experiences that span from beauty to rejection. Her willingness to be transparent through her music makes it all the more beautiful. As I listen to the music and read the words to Julie’s songs, I am touched by the reality of God’s grace that is freely offered. A few favorite lines, with the name of the song noted at the end, are:
When I’m lost You call me by name…and when I fall You love me the same.. ~ Unchained
You build power from my weakness…give me life with Your great love… ~ Awaken
A girl like me could be worthy of a King… ~ A Girl Like Me
Can’t make it through without grace and favor…~ Lost
When the hurt and fear are at my door, let me look to You when I need more… ~ Run Away
You’re treasured and loved, a child of a King…There’s hope on the way…There’s love on your side..There’s strength for today…You’re never alone…There’s light to lead you home… ~ Wherever You Roam
It may be because Christmas is less than 20 days away, but I think my favorite song on the CD is Here With Us. It’s about the manger. It’s about the gift of our Savior and the sacrifice He made for us. One thing I have to mention is that I love instruments! And Julie’s CD did not disappoint in this area. Not only are the words poignant but the instrumental portions of the songs are just beautiful reminding us in every song that we are “worthy of a King”.
A little more about Julie…In 2014, she founded Aurora Ministries, an organization that creates Christian material and hosts conferences for teen and tween girls around the world where Julie shares her music and life experiences in hopes of reaching others for the cause of Christ.
Lastly, and just maybe the best part, I get to end my review with a giveaway. You can enter to win Julie’s CD “A Girl Like Me” by clicking HERE.
“A Girl Like Me” is available now in CD format and also on all digital outlets such as iTunes. Julie’s official website is: www.julieeliasmusic.com. And you can learn more about Aurora Ministries HERE.
Until Next Time… Joy to You!
Please note that I did receive a free copy of “A Girl Like Me” in exchange for my fair and honest review.