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Love Rain Down [edit]
by Julie Elias | Genre: Praise & Worship | Release Date: August 26, 2014
 

To combine a spirit of worship with musical influences that include Kelly Clarkson, Sara Bareilles, Christina Perri and even some hints of 80s rock, and Julie’s sound is sure to stand out to listeners. “Good music is good music. God has given me a huge responsibility with this platform and I want to bring a sense of purpose and artistic quality to my music that makes even non-believers go ‘wow, that was really good.’ Music moves people in ways other things can’t. The potential to reach people through great music with a message of God’s love is huge. I consider it a huge privilege and I can’t wait for what He has planned next.”




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01. Rooftops
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02. Love Rain Down
03. Burning in My Soul
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04. Oceans
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05. God Be Lifted High in Me
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06. You Won't Relent
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07. I'll Depend on You
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08. Your Love Never Fails
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09. Great I Am
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10. My God
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11. I Will Rise
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12. Light of Your Face/Come Away
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Entry last edited by KevinDavis_NRT on 08.30.14

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A New Face In Worship | Posted September 09, 2014
Julie Elias is a bright new face in Christian music. After spending time in Hollywood, she knew she needed to do something more fulfilling with her life. God's direction brought her not only to record Christian music, but also to minister specifically to youth. That ministry is what helped bring about Julie's new worship album Love Rain Down. With a voice like Natalie LaRue's and an eclectic musical style, Julie Elias leads listeners of all ages to the heart of worship.

The title track "Love Rain Down" is one of the originals on the album and sounds very much like something you would hear in a contemporary worship set. The music is upbeat, and the lyrics give honor to the God who reigns forever and whose "love brings us life."

Also on the album is Julie Elias' cover of the Misty Edwards song "You Won't Relent." Featured on this track with Julie is worship leader Justin Adams from Calvary Worship Center in Colorado Springs. Justin's voice is the perfect complement to Julie's, and together they deliver a powerful worship track. The song starts out slow but around 2:14 the music amps up into a brief guitar solo worthy of an 80s hair band and leads into the lyrics "You won't relent until you have it all... Come be the fire inside of me."

Closing Thoughts:
Julie Elias is new to the Christian music audience, but she brings with her a sincerity and emotion that you would hear from someone who'd been in the ministry for years. Her original music will be a great addition to church worship sessions, and her covers will help reach a new generation of listeners. I look forward to hearing what she does in the future.

Song to Download Now:
"Love Rain Down" (Get it on iTunes here.)
 

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Love Rain Down | Posted September 26, 2014

You don't have to be a musical genius to spot two major trends that run parallel in many worship albums today.  Take your pick, be it the latest record by Bethel Music or Hillsong Worship or Elevation Worship or Desperation Band, it's always the guys that get to rave on the rocking worship tunes quipped with their Stones-ersatz machismo guitar struts.  While the women are mostly assigned to the mellow ethereal ballads as if their fragile vocals would shatter if they were to tackle anything of a higher decibel.  As a result, we have inadvertently cemented stereotypes based unfairly on gender.  Such a divide is tacitly saying that guys,  especially Christian men, are incapable of dealing with the more intimate moments of worship often expressed through the slower ballads.  Conterminously, it is promulgating the message it is somehow improper for gals, especially Christian women, to rock out in holy abandon to Jesus.  With the release of Julie Elias' debut worship album, she's set to rattle such stereo-types.

 

If the face of Elias looks familiar, it's because she has appeared in some high profile TV shows such as "Grey's Anatomy" and "CSI:NY" before.  She also had acting roles alongside such big screen stalwarts such as Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts.  Having moved on to a new chapter in life, Elias is now a song writer and worship leader helping young people worship through her Topic-Driven Concerts.  Inspired by her worship experiences with teenagers, Elias has released her debut worship record.  With two songs that she has written, "Love Rain Down" features Elias tackling worship covers from teams such as Hillsong UNITED, Bethel Music, Jesus Culture, Chris Tomlin, Jared Anderson, Desperation Band, Kristi Brown and others.  Let's start first with her two originals:  "Let Love Rain Down," a celebrative song that speaks of how God turns the deserts of our lives evergreen with his torrential love, is appropriate quipped with a crisp verdant pop rhythm that is alluring and memorable.

The second Elias original, "I'll Depend on You," is a sonic companion for those of us in our waiting room moments.  It's a song that is going to be prosaic for our anxious hearts as Elias gently leads us into an affirming trust in God again.  As for her covers, though she keeps reverentially to the originals, it's an encouragement to see her tackling worship songs often associated with male voices.  In this regard, her handling of Chris Tomlin's "I Will Rise" is stunning.  Her command on the song through her measured delivery and her thoughtful vocal inflections bring out a depth and dimension of Christ's redeeming power that is truly transformative. 

For an album that was conceived out of Elias work with young people, it's appropriate that Elias has eschewed the trite and often recycled covers (a la "Shout to the Lord", "Happy Day" and "My Chains Are Gone") and has gone after more youthful (and current) choices.  Nothing is more hip and spiritually stirring than Hillsong UNITED's "Oceans."  There is such an in-built drama in the song that it brings us to the water's edge so that when Elias sings "Spirit lead us where my trust is without borders/let me walk upon the waters" you can literally feel your feet moving.  Don't let the balladry feel of Jesus Culture's "Rooftop" camouflage the song's message about the Biblical challenge not to be secret Christians.  And for some sublime moments of worship, Kristi Brown's "God Be Lifted High in Me" fits the bill perfectly. 



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