Monday, December 11, 2017

CD Review: A Girl Like Me by Julie Elias #ad

Disclosure:  I received this product free of charge in exchange for an honest, unbiased review. I was not monetarily compensated for this review. A  opinions stated are those of the Shelly's Bits and Pieces family.  A special thank you to FrontGate Media for inviting me to review for them.

Once again, I'll start off by telling you that we love Christian music.  We also love finding out about new singers and discovering their stories.  Today, I want to introduce you to Julie Elias.  Julie had a life in Hollywood where she was an actress who appeared in "Grey's Anatomy" and "CSI:NY."  When she realized that this was not bringing her happiness, nor making her content, she surrendered herself to what God wanted her to do.  She became a Christian singer/songwriter whose unique and inspiring story became an influence in Christian music.  She uses her own stories about, beauty, rejection and her own faith to encourage others.

In 2014, Julie founded Aurora Ministries.  It is a 501c3 non-profit organization that creates Christian material and events designed specifically for tween and teen girls.  Julie has been able to share God’s role in her life through blogging, booklets, music, conferences and girls' events.  Realizing that God had an important role in her life, even when she didn't realize He was there, enabled Julie to find common ground with and inspire young women all over the globe.

This wonderful CD, "A Girl Like Me" is Julie's latest album and is available on all digital music outlets, including iTunes.  Meant to be a companion to her girls’ events, every original song on the album as an intentional purpose and story behind it, from the conflict with a good friend in “Forgive Me” to her own feelings of unworthiness in “A Girl Like Me” to revisiting one of her favorites when she was a teen, a cover of DC Talk’s “In the Light.”  The songs are a happy marriage of both heartfelt messages and both theatrical anthems and intimate lullabies when the occasion calls for it. Whether you are a young woman in life or simply a young woman at heart, that album reminds us all that despite our failures and stubbornness, we need to “still believe a girl like me could be worthy of a King."

Kat and I really enjoyed this CD.  Although I am far from being a young woman, I felt the songs were very relatable to myself, and Kat felt that they were to her.  Kat has now confiscated my copy of "A Girl Like Me," and is sharing it with some of her friends.  If you are looking for a CD to give to a special female in your life, we recommend this one...Highly!

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