Bio

Julie Francis was born to Les and Jane Fisher on March 5, 1968 in Toledo, Ohio. The family later moved to North Canton, Ohio, where Julie spent the remainder of her youth surrounded by extended family.   The eldest of two children, Julie began playing piano at the age of 7 and started experimenting with songwriting when she was 12.  She continued to study music into college, hoping to pursue a Master's degree in Music Therapy.  God had other plans for her.  Instead, she married and began her life as the wife of an Air Force pilot.  

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For years, music took a backseat as she struggled to balance motherhood, marriage and military life.  Music and songwriting would all but disappear for nearly 10 years, but, after a profound, life-changing event in her life, Julie returned to her music.  It was, at first, a necessity - a way to communicate with God.  She poured her heart into her simple songs and sang them to God.  It wasn't until later that she began to share them with friends and family, who encouraged her to record her music so others, far and near, could benefit from her inspiration.

What began as a hobby, an expression of her heart and a communication with God, turned into a ministry that is reaching far beyond herself and touching other souls all over the world!  In early 2003, thinking it would only be for posterity - for her family and children - she went into the studio and recorded her first CD.  Castilian Roses, dedicated to Our Lady of Guadalupe, was released on the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, December 12, 2003.  

Since then, Julie has received an unexpected and overwhelming response to her simple songs of faith.  In 2005, she was invited to EWTN to perform on Backstage.  In the summer of 2008, she returned to EWTN to record a new show with Dana to be aired later in 2009.  She frequently visits parishes, conferences, even prisons, giving her testimony of faith and sharing her music.  

Since the release of the CD, her music has touched hearts all over the world, far beyond where Julie could ever have gone on her own.   " I am constantly blessed by messages from mothers who find inspiration through my songs; by wives who share my sorrows and joys of married life; by families who are yearning for positive messages of faith and love, and Catholic music they can share together.   My greatest prayer is that I may always remain His humble servant, allowing Him to work through me as I honor Him with these most beautiful gifts of marriage, motherhood and musical prayer."  

Julie, her husband, Christopher, and their six children, currently live in Montgomery, Alabama.   Christopher is stationed at Maxwell Air Force Base where he instructs at Air Command and Staff College.   Julie is currently assisting with music at their parish of Our Lady Queen of Mercy Catholic Church. She continues to write songs and accepts as many invitations as possible to share her music ministry.