Singer/songwriter Julie Elias has released the video for "Breathing Room," the first video from her current CD, A Wild Rose. Award-winning producer/director Stephen Yake of Yake Films directed the video, which centers on the need for forgiveness as we strive to have a closer relationship with Christ, reports McCain & Co. Public Relations.
"Of all the songs on my album, 'Breathing Room' is probably the song I connect to most and the issue with which I personally struggle the most: being able to truly forgive, let go and move on," Elias says. "When it came time to produce the video, it was very important to me to have a powerful story with this song."
The story line of the video centers on a woman who struggles with the emotional scars left by an abusive childhood. When the woman has the opportunity to confront her abusive father, she chooses to forgive him, which frees her from the figurative prison in which she has lived, and allows healing to begin with her father.
"There are a lot people who need freedom from their past, regardless of age, gender, background, social status...it is a universal struggle," says Elias. "My prayer is that this video encourages others to forgive and move on from whatever is holding them back from getting closer to God."
Elias is currently Artist-In-Residence at White's Chapel United Methodist Church in Southlake, Texas, one of the 10 largest Methodist congregations in the nation, with an average attendance of 3,400 on Sundays. A Wild Rose, Elias' debut full-length CD of original music, follows the 2011 release of her Christmas-themed CD, Holy Night.
After making the networking rounds in Hollywood, Julie Elias was well on her way to becoming an up-and-coming actress thanks to various extra roles on Grey's Anatomy (where she was a regular for two seasons), CSI: New York, Bones, Parks and Recreation, Weeds and other shows, as well as several films, including Due Date, starring Robert Downey Jr., and Larry Crowne with Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts.
A Christmas trip to her hometown in 2010 caused Elias to reexamine her career options after she performed in her home church's praise and worship band and sang in some local concerts.
"It took a seemingly routine Christmas concert that year for me to realize what I've been called to do. In fact, Christmas of that year was the most clear-cut, obvious message I've ever received from God, period! It was as if He said 'I am spelling it out for you, in bold caps: PAY ATTENTION,'" Elias says.
At the beginning of 2011, Elias began making regular pilgrimages to Nashville to collaborate with Music City's top songwriters and producers. The trips resulted in her national debut CD, A Wild Rose, produced by acclaimed producer Robert White Johnson, whose body of work includes songwriting and production credits with such artists as Celine Dion, Faith Hill, Larnelle Harris, Johnny Van Zant and Michael Bolton.
"I've always believed you can hear words, but you can feel music," says Elias. "What is a relationship with God without feeling His presence through your entire being? Sometimes songs can touch you in a way that words cannot."
Surrounding the release of A Wild Rose, the singer/songwriter has shared the stage with some of Christian music's top artists at major festivals including Spirit West Coast, AtlantaFest, Ichthus, Creation NE, Cornerstone, Lifest, Sonshine and Creation NW. She also was chosen to perform on the Talent Spotlight Stage at Walt Disney World's popular Night of Joy and was selected for a soloist role in Ruth Graham's musical, Fear Not Tomorrow.