I’m Julia Francis.
I’m a California-native writer, musician, and performing theater artist. I am documenting the fires inside, in the hope that they may fuel others.
When I was 6, my mom told me that I was going to be a writer.
I told her: “Don’t you tell me what to do!”
I knew I wanted to be in front of people. Alone in my room I fantasized dramatic scenes on my deathbed in which everyone gathered around, finally appreciated me, and listened with rapt, tear-strew attention as I breathlessly crooned Quiet Riot songs.
I could make anything dramatic. At 16 I entered my Community Talent Show in Kodiak, Alaska with a Meryl Streep monologue from Kramer vs. Kramer. It didn’t bring me any awards, but later that year I did win the The Junior Ramrod award for acting, which is really a story for another time.
I chose Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Washington for my theater immersion. That training led to 10 years of acting professionally, commercially and happily. During that time I also wrote a novel, had an essay published, and developed a budding songwriting habit. After teaching myself guitar I transitioned full-time into writing, recording and producing my own music. I’ve toured my guitar Positive Annie all over the country to share my songs and live out this particular dream.
Then my daughter came along: Charlotte Godot is easily my greatest work. Today I am humbled and lucky to continue making art on my own terms, as a mother and as a woman.
My music has been compared to contemporary acts such as Alanis Morissette, Natalie Merchant and Aimee Mann; and such classic performers as Tom Petty, Joni Mitchell and Buffy Sainte-Marie.
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