Julie Roberts Finds Her Place in the Sun
Being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis when she was 26 was just one of a series of challenges that country music star Julie Roberts has faced in the last ten years. While working on the release of her second album Men and Mascara, in 2006, the follow up to her critically acclaimed debut album Julie Roberts (2004)—, Julie received her MS diagnosis and then lost the backing of her record label, despite the universal critical acclaim of her work which included performances on NBC’s The Tonight Show, ABC’s Good Morning America and an “In the Moment” feature on CMT. Less than four years later, Roberts watched the 2010 “One Thousand Year flood” in Nashville, Tennessee destroy her home and car. On top of that, she was injured leaping into the rescue boat which was sent to save her, her Mom, sister and Julie’s four dogs.
None of this, however, could keep Roberts down—or away from her fans. She stayed close to them via social media sites like Facebook and Twitter and created her own label, Ain’t Skeerd, to release her third album, Alive, in 2011. In the title song she wears her philosophy proudly on her sleeve:
I fall sometimes
I crawl sometimes
Lose it all sometimes
It makes me stronger
Then in the fall of 2013, Roberts released her fourth, career-defining album, Good Wine and Bad Decisions, on the legendary Sun Records label, home to Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison and the early Elvis.
“I felt like I’d finally found a place to be,” she says, “where my music really fit. I was truly excited about that. It didn’t seem real in a way until I actually saw my album with the Sun label on it.” The album and her full scale tour debuted in New York City at the renowned Joe’s Pub.
Roberts who has shared her MS experiences at a number of Society sponsored events to help build awareness about the disease, surpassed her pre-order goal through her partners at Pledge Music, and gave 5% of everything she brought in until the official release date of October 29 to the Society to support research and programs that help people living with MS move their lives forward.
Despite her hectic schedule, Julie wants people both with and without MS to know that she can and does still move forward with her life on all fronts and is an active participant in Walk MS. “I want people to know that I can still do whatever I want,” she says. “It’d be way more stressful for me to not be doing what I love. I would worry more for my health sitting home than playing shows every night. That’s where I love to be.”
In addition to speaking to groups of people living with MS across the country, Julie has also been working on her 5th studio album with producer Shooter Jennings, son of legendary country music artist, Waylon Jennings. “This album means so much to me and there are a few surprises for everyone on it.”
To learn more about Julie Roberts visit JulieRoberts.com.