Julia "Julie" Sharpe is an Independent Christian Artist from Vidalia, Georgia, and has surprised many, including herself, with her debut Contemporary Christian album, RESCUED. According to Julie, recording the album was an act of obedience after the Lord spoke to her following the tragic loss of a family friend to addiction. She says "The Lord put a song in my heart that He has burdened me to share with others who are lost and searching for peace they will never find without Jesus." Once the project was complete, she was encouraged by her husband Sean and long-time friend and producer Luther Wardlaw to send it to CRW to get the songs on the air. The response to her first radio single, "Lifeboat: The Rescue" was overwhelming, and was soon followed by the powerful, moving lyrics of "My God Is." The two songs combined have been played now by nearly 200 stations in the US, Canada, Internationally, and on Internet radio stations.
Julie's primary focus, however, is grass-roots ministry through song and testimony. She sings and shares at churches during revivals and other services, ladies' meetings and retreats, and benefit concerts. She revealed, however, that one of her favorite moments of worship was at a concert in The Garden, a home for over 100 homeless women and children in Atlanta. According to Melissa Earhardt, Administrator for 7 Bridges to Recovery, "the residents were incredibly blessed by her performance. Julia Sharpe has been rescued by our Savior and seeks to share her testimony with others to bring the Name of Jesus glory. Not only is she beautifully talented musically, she relates to the women, bringing hope because she has been there before. She spent time praying for and ministering to our residents after the performance and everyone walked away encouraged...You will fall in love with her humility, the way she shines Christ, and her talent as soon as you meet her...as a sister in Christ and also a worshiper."
The legendary Quinton Mills, a Southern Gospel mainstay for over 25 years, says "Every now and then in gospel music, someone comes along that is extraordinary. Julie Sharpe is amazing with her voice quality and creativity, and is sure to bless many people given the opportunity." Julie's style, driven from her jazz and blues roots, is far from the traditional southern gospel sound. On her album RESCUED, it is clear, particularly vocally, she has a sound all her own.
She feels honored the Lord gives her songs to share, and takes the commitment to write them very seriously.
Each and every song is prayed over and tested against the Scriptures, by Julie, her husband, and pastor prior to releasing. Her personal prayers are a lot of what you will hear on this album, specifically in "Honorable Vessel," based on 2 Timothy 2:19-21. Julie also mentioned that there is a sophomore album on her heart, and with the Lord's help and direction, she plans to release it sometime in early 2014.