Julie Roberts Biography

1 February 1979, Lancaster, South Carolina, USA. Country singer Roberts began performing as a child, touring around the southern states as part of a vocal group with her mother and aunt. After high school she ended up at Belmont University in Nashville where she began playing with a small combo on the local bar circuit. To pay the wages she took an office position with Mercury Nashville, ending up as assistant to label head Luke Lewis. Her demo tape made its way to Mercury via a circuitous route and, to his great surprise, Lewis learned that the artist he was interested in signing was actually his assistant. Roberts duly signed a recording contract with Mercury in 2003 and quit her day job. Several of the songs on her demo made it onto her debut album, although none of Roberts’ original compositions made the cut. Guest performers at the recording sessions included Vince Gill, Delbert McClinton and Wes Hightower. The self-titled collection, released in summer 2004, provided ample evidence of Roberts’ affection for both traditional country and blue-eyed soul music. The album received positive reviews while its commercial status was boosted by the success of the single, ‘Break Down Here’. Her second album Men & Mascara was a polished and mature effort and received excellent reviews.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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