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Julie Roberts ''Alive''

by Julie Roberts

The return of Julie Roberts!!!! This is Julie's 3rd Album and one she has completed on her own as an independent artist. This is the REAL Julie Roberts and her music... straight from her soul!
Genre: Country: Country Blues
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1. Mama Said Don't
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2. Stronger
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3. Alive
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4. You Got Me
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5. Yesterday's Blue
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6. Ain't No Thing
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7. One For the Road
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8. Let's Fight
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9. Whiskey and You
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10. Somebody Does
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11. Carolina From My Soul
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
“Alive” by Julie Roberts

Song-by-Song descriptions…

“Mama Said Don’t”
I always put at least one song on my albums for my Mama. This song is a fun one I wrote with Rachel Proctor & Victoria Banks. It has that rootsy, bluesy, down-home feel to it that I love to perform live! I think everyone can relate to these lyrics!!

“Stronger”
I wrote this one with Don Schlitz just a few months before my album was finished. This song is the centerpiece for my entire record. It describes the road I have been on and the emotions I have felt during the 5 years since my last album was released. This is definitely a reflection into my life and into my faith of knowing that no matter how tough the road might appear to be, God never leaves my side and He makes me “Stronger”.

“Alive”
I heard this song about a year ago and I immediately thought “this sounds like part two to ‘Break Down Here’”. I knew I wanted to record it because I could see the story unfolding in my head of this visual lyric. I also knew I loved the title, “Alive”. I want my fans to know that I am still here! I am ‘alive’ and still making music. I’ve had a few stumbling blocks and a few years have gone by, but I’m back!

“You Got Me”
I heard and loved this song years ago and just held on to it like I do so many songs. I love that you really don’t have to think about these lyrics. It’s just a fun, happy, love song!!

“Yesterday’s Blue”
When I got together with Chris Roberts & Greg Biek to write this song, I told them I wanted to write a classic sounding song with attitude. I love the very last verse the most in this song because I almost sing what I’m sure so many people think sometimes when the one that they love leaves them. You’ll know what I’m talking about when you hear it!

“Aint No Thing”
This is another one of those songs I’ve held onto since the last record. I just LOVE the track and the lyrics in this one. I love to sing about real life stuff and I sing things I am not always so brave to say. I wish I could’ve told some of he guys that have left me “you know what, it aint no thang.” But, since I can’t say it, I’ll sing it!! ☺

“One For the Road”
Here’s another one that I probably wouldn’t say to someone in real life but have definitely lived. I love how blunt & straight-forward the lyric is. I like looking for and recording songs that I think would scare some people to sing…I AINT SKEERD, especially if it’s REAL to me!

“Let’s Fight”
I wrote this one with Jason Collum & Caitlin Smith. This one was the most fun to record because it was SO simple and just cool to me. I would actually love to make a record where all the tracks sound very similar to this one. I was inspired to write this one from a scene in one of my favorite movies, “Sweet Dreams” (the story of Patsy Cline).

“Whiskey and You”
I can see the video for this one in my head. I have loved this song for a really long time. I have known some people similar to the character singing in this song and I’ve seen how alcoholism can tear up a family/relationship. This song and lyric are so real to me. It’s such a sad song and the steel guitar makes it that much more sad. The sadder, the better for me!!

“Somebody Does”
I wrote this one long before the Nashville Flood in May 2010, but pulled it back out after we lost our home and I saw all of the people coming from everywhere to help my family. It took on an entirely different meaning for me when I listened to it then. I dedicate this one to everyone that reached out to help rebuild Nashville.

“Carolina From My Soul”
Marcus Hummon wrote and produced this track for my album. I’m from Lancaster, SC & this is a song about the feeling of comfort I get when I think about my life back there. When I sing this song, I see myself as I young girl in SC dreaming of singing country music. I always know that no matter where my music takes me in this world, Carolina will always be my home and in my soul.

“NASCAR Party”
I grew up watching NASCAR racing on television and going to dirt-track races so this is my tribute to the sport. When I wrote this song, I pictured myself and other NASCAR fans at the track and tried to put into words (in 2.5 minutes), how much fun it is to be there at the races. I had a blast writing, recording, and filming the video for it!


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Alive, Stronger, Soulful and ready to party
On this her third album, ALIVE marks a very much welcomed return for Julie Roberts after a 5-year hiatus. Released independently, this 12-track recording is her first since the 2006 sophomore album MEN & MASCARA which drew critical acclaim and charted a #4 spot on the Billboard Country Chart.

The album cuts loose with the fiery, rebellious mid-tempo ‘Mama Said Don’t’ in which a daughter ignores a mothers plea and tries in vain to prove her wrong. She messes up her best Sunday dress on a muddy river bank and chooses to mess around with the good-for-nothing boys: Oh every time Mama said don’t I did.
It was co-written with friends Rachel Procter and Victoria Banks. Again this trio collaborated on the emotional charged ‘Somebody Does’; as Julie reaches out faithfully to an unloved lost and lonely soul. Both these tracks also made their way onto Victoria’s latest release NEVER BE THE SAME.

Roberts crash lands on ‘Stronger’: “I fall sometimes / I crawl sometimes / lose it all sometimes / it makes me stronger,” she sings. It’s an autobiographical number, but not obviously so. She was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, which started whilst on tour with her first album. The beautiful "Break Down Here" songbird admitted that her health troubles understandably shook her confidence. Then she became one of the countless Nashville residents who lost their home and personal belongings in the Tennessee Floods in May 2010. With her strong belief she overcomes torn up plans, scares, curses and weeping on sleepless nights. The track was written with Grammy award winning writer Don Schlitz whose songs have changed the life’s of many. Both Julie and Don brought this musical story into the heart of a women’s New York prison whilst working on a special programme for the Magdalene prison ministry.

The achingly beautiful title track and haunting ballad ‘Alive’ has universal appeal to the listener. It could be making a connection on the phone to a distant lover or with a deep faith and barely hanging on after setbacks, seeking help with a message to another world: I’m right there beside you like you right here beside me. But then with the line: Music brings you back to me and I feel such a lift – It’s a thank you to the fans that have missed her presence on the music scene. It sets a tone for the record, she’s making a statement – “I am still here and I’m still making music “

The fabulously entertaining and danceable ‘You Got Me‘has a Dixie Chicks ‘Long Time Gone’ feel with a dash of Patsy Cline. With a bluesy vocal accompanied by lovely instrumentation with banjo, mandolin, piano and great swampy electric guitar riffs it generates a country sound from yesteryear.

Roberts showcases her aptitude to convey pain in the heartbreaker ‘Yesterday's Blue’, co-written with New Orleans born Chris Roberts from the Nashville-based country-rock harmony trio One Flew South. After watching a former lover fall into another’s arms, finally the tears no longer fall. In the second verse she’s found salvation and is moving on: I’ve got better things to do / then be stuck in yesterday blue. After break-up, as a pillowy steel fades he can keep the memories and the pick-up truck, she’s going to curl up with a dog and sleep like a baby, knowing they are finally through.

With its steel, guitar and piano riffs the break-up ballad ‘One For The Road’ brought to mind the Eagles ‘Take It To The Limit’. Julie’s sultry vocals are evident as a couple make one last romantic memory tick as they pour another drink and turn the lights down low.

Honky tonk ballad ‘Whiskey and You’ previously appeared on Tim McGraw’s 2007 album LET IT GO penned by Lee Thomas Miller and Chris Stapleton (member of The Steeldrivers). On this soaring number a woman fights with her inner demons and a drinking problem. She drinks because she’s lonesome, it hides the pain, but forgiveness is something she cannot buy.

Album stand out ‘Carolina From My Soul’ is a magnificent autobiographical ballad with its exquisite arrangement and gospel flavourings. Here the 32-year old Lancaster county born singer puts in powerful performance paying homage to her native South Carolina. It may hold painful memories as her mother moved to Nashville after divorcing her father. Lyrics relate to a difficult personal relationship but Julie’s homeland will always remain her bedrock: You can steal the light from my eyes / cut me down, criticize, tell me pretty lies / you can’t take Carolina from my soul

As we draw to the finishing line in Shania “Any-Man-Of-Mine” fashion Julie gets all revved up and has fun in the energetic ‘NASCAR Party’. Roberts professes to be a lifetime race fan having watched it on TV growing up in Carolina and a few years ago sang the national anthem at a NASCAR track in Atlanta. She helped the National Association create a video at Texas Motor and Charlotte Motor Speedways featuring driver Brother Edwards. It was showcased at the track appearing on a 200 feet wide by 80 feet tall screen. On a first listen it’s easy to dismiss but with its catchy hooks it sticks-like-glue in the brain and could well provide a line dance favourite.
Julie may well have had a chequered career these last 5 years through no fault of her own but it’s a shame the checkered flag had to be waved as I was anxious to hear more.

Michael Gallops

Country at its Best!
Julie Roberts new album Alive is the best yet! Julie has pulled out all the stops and has outdone both of her previous albums. There isn't a better country singer out there!