I’m Julia Francis.
I’m a California-native writer, musician, and performer headquartered in the magnificent Emerald City of Seattle, Washington. 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 was supposed to have an audience. Alone in my room I fantasized dramatic scenes on my deathbed in which everyone gathered around, finally appreciated me, and listened with tear-strew devotion as I breathlessly sang the most beautiful songs anyone had ever heard.
I spent my adolescence on the island of Kodiak Alaska, and I survived by spending as much time as possible on the stage. At 15, I entered the community talent show with a Meryl Streep monologue from Kramer vs. Kramer. The next year I performed a monologue from Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner’s Search For Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe and won 3rd place, which was bitchin. But nothing topped winning the Junior Ramrod award for my performance in the very historically inaccurate, annually produced outdoor historical drama, The Cry of the Wild Ram. I was on my way.
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 stepped away from the theater and transitioned full-time into writing, recording and producing my own music. I toured my guitar, Positive Annie, all over the country to share my songs and create connection. 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.
Then my daughter came along, and that kid is easily my best work. She was my singular creative project for years, and I discovered the particular joys and compromises of motherhood. Now I’m working with a new band and recording project, and am grateful to have more understanding of the circles our lives move in, and the familiarity of coming back around.
Most recently, my daughter has inspired me to share my craft with her and other children, and I find myself expanding my focus into music education, as a teaching artist and advocate. Lifting up and empowering others to find their voices is a way that I can contribute to healing this world through the peace of music. For we all shine on. Everyone.
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