An inspiring story of a young woman’s escape from poverty and abuse to achieve her dreams and overcome obstacles through hard work, constant determination, and unyielding faith in God. Country music singer Julie Roberts is no stranger to overcoming hard times through determination, hard work, and strength. Having escaped an impoverished childhood and an abusive, alcoholic father, Julie moved from South Carolina to Nashville, Tennessee, to attend Belmont University and work as a receptionist at Mercury Records-all while secretly pursuing her dream of becoming a singer. Filling her nights with music and booking shows at obscure venues, the one requirement when Julie was hired at Universal Music Group was that she not be an aspiring singer. Yet, despite her best efforts to keep quiet, Julie knew God had placed music within her as a child and that it was bound to come out sooner or later. Raw, honest, and sometimes painful, Julie’s lyrics resonated quickly with country music fans, and her emotion-soaked debut album-a reflection of her own painful past-was an instant success. Just as Julie’s dreams were coming true, her life began to unravel. Soon, she was battling debilitating physical illness (multiple sclerosis), the rising waters of Nashville’s hundred-year flood in 2010, and a stalled career. Instead of succumbing to despair, Julie proved miraculously resilient-taking the steps she needed to face adversity head on and rebuild her life through her characteristic optimism, hard work, and faith. Journey with Julie as she walks through the highs and lows of her career, the personal struggles she’s endured, the lessons she’s learned, and her sense of purpose as she rebuilds her singing career and contributes her voice to the work of supporting others with multiple sclerosis. Julie’s courage combined with her joyful personality and love for God will encourage readers in a uniquely powerful way.
About The Author:
Julie Roberts is one of country music’s most soulful, passionate performers. She stepped into the national spotlight in 2004 with her country music hit “Break Down Here.” Her debut album earned RIAA gold for sales in excess of 500,000 copies. In 2010, Julie took a hiatus from music to recharge her batteries and to confront a number of personal challenges, the loss of her home in the devastating Nashville flood, and being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Her joyful spirit and commitment to wellness amidst life’s unexpected turns has inspired people around the world. She continues making music while speaking about her journey in venues across the U.S. Recently married, she lives with her husband in Nashville, Tennessee.