Julia Sheer has nothing but fond memories of her growing up in Colorado. “I had the best childhood ever,” the songstress reflected. “I lived in this little cul-de-sac in Golden – where they make Coors Beer. My dad said we were bottle raised on Coors Lite. We played in the snow and the sun, and had a lot of childhood friends that were great. It was an amazing experience,” she said of growing up outside of Denver. “It was twenty minutes to downtown, and twenty minutes to the mountains.”
Her childhood memories also contain many clear recollections of music. “I listened to a lot of Fleetwood Mac and the Eagles. That’s what my parents were listening to. I’ve always loved music and being able to sing.” However, it wasn’t until her late teens that she seriously consider pursuing as a vocation. “I didn’t really think it was a realistic career until I was about eighteen. Up till that point, I just thought it was a dream that someday I might be able to be.”
Things changed when Julia began to play some local shows in the Denver area – and began to gain a loyal following of people who believed in her and her talent. That was a catalyst for bringing the singer – who was so shy that she only sang in the shower before then – to come out of her shell.
Upon graduating from high school, she began down her career path – in a way that she will never forget. “The first tour I went on was amazing. It was me, a bunch of guys, and a van. I had never done anything like that before. I remember driving all the way to the beach, and they were so gross. I only had sisters, so to be in a van with all these guys was very different,” she says, admitting that it was somewhat of a culture shock for her. “They were all at least twenty-five at the time. It was still the best time of my life, travelling to weird places and meeting great people. I met people on that tour that are my friends now. I still keep in touch with them, and when they come to Nashville, we go hang out. That was a real education, just like all the experiences I’ve had. I’ve learned so much about myself during this whole process.”
Those life experiences can be heard all over her new self-titled EP “Julia Sheer”. She says it’s her goal to take her music – and the listener to a deep and honest spot. “I think I would call my music ‘Dark Country.’ It’s not all upbeat and happy. It’s sad. I love the emotional range of it, and there’s a darker instrumentation. I love Keith Urban’s style, and I wanted to make a record that was similar to that type of music,” she says, adding that she wants the listener to connect with the emotions she is trying to convey with her lyrics.
“I think that’s what people relates to, and of course, you want your fans to be able to relate to what you’re singing about. What I love about music is hearing something that makes you think ‘That is totally my life.’ Being able to make that kind of music is definitely my goal.”
Music fans first became aware of Julia’s talent with her series of cover videos on YouTube such as Paramore’s “I’m Still Into You” and Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush.” So far, her videos have over 91 million views. “That’s the whole reason my name is even out there. It was kind of by accident. I didn’t make the videos with a plan that I would get this huge Internet following. I was kind of just doing it for fun. It just snowballed from there, and everything I have is because of that. People wouldn’t know who I am if it weren’t for those videos.”
Though the numbers have been astronomical, she says the one-on-one contact from the fans is the most rewarding part of what she does. “The weird thing is you hear about how many views you’ve gotten, but that’s just a number. It’s not a physical thing, so when they do come up and knows who I am, it’s a great feeling.
As far as her original material goes, “Julia Sheer” gives fans a chance to get to Julia even deeper. “I feel like I have matured a lot since moving here, and I feel my music is more honest and real. This is how I feel. I’ve listened to and wrote so many songs, and picked the ones that I wanted to do – not based on what would be a hit or a radio single. I just wanted to be able to relate to every one of the songs. I think we did it.”
As a writer, she feels that tell the story better if she’s lived the lyric. “I am definitely a first-person kind of writer. I have a hard time writing about something that I haven’t lived. I just check out the minute I start writing something that I haven’t gone through or lived. I have to relate to everything I do.”
In six years of pursuing her dream, Sheer admits there have been some incredible times….and some low points. But, with the release of the EP, she feels she’s truly on the cusp of reaching some of her goals. “I want to be on the road, out playing shows and meeting people. I want to make music that people like. That’s what I want to do.”
And, with the music in hand, she’s ready to take the musical world by storm. “I’ve been working on it for three years. I can’t imagine what it’s going to be like to have it out. It’s time to go to work, but also have a lot of fun doing it!”