Welcome To Inspiratus!

A November 2012 Update:

First of all, welcome to my blog, Inspiratus!

My name is Julia Wade and I am a recording and concert artist specializing in Inspirational music.  I sing evocative ideas through a fusion of contemporary, classical and pop music, inspiring change in the world and healing in individual lives.  

 I am also officially a blogger!  Inspiratus* is about my journey in Inspirational music … and so much more. 

Here’s why I blog:  In addition to touring and recording, for 7 years I was privileged to lead the charge in expanding the music of a world-wide church by performing contemporary and original music, bringing a fresh accessibility and sense of soul while maintaining time-honored traditions.  As a result, I have received hundreds of emails and letters  with comments and questions about my music and the processes involved in producing, researching and performing.  Inspiratus was born to address your comments and questions and hopefully expand upon them.

I am passionate about communicating things that can make a difference.  I love sharing ideas about each new project.  I also write about other folks’ music and their processes.  I write about what inspires me, and why.  I also see this blog as an opportunity to share what I am learning not only as an artist, but also as a spiritual thinker and a citizen of the world.  Learning never stops.  The quest to keep climbing new mountains and to experience new peak-perspectives is what moves me forward.

To all who discover, read and/or follow this blog, thank you for your interest and support.  And thank you for your contributions to this blog!  

*Note on this blog’s name:  Inspiratus is the Latin root word for Inspiration: “to blow or breathe into or upon, to inspire; an inspiring influence.”  I chose this name because I love to think of this influence or breath of Inspiration being ever present in our lives to draw upon anywhere and any time.  Check out my article, A Blog Is Born!

5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. kristie karsen  |  May 13, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    Julia: So good to hear from you. I’ve been loving ordering digital sheet music for our Church here in Santa Fe (I’m Music Chair)…Peter Link, Mindy Jostyn, Solo Commmittee, Robert Collister, etc. A solo I did last week, however, did not go over well: “From A Distance”. A member said you sang it recently. Just want to confirm that so I can pass it on!! People had problem with the lyric “From a Distance…” Much Love, kristie

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  • 2. juliawade  |  May 13, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    Hi Kristie! Thanks for the update on ordering sheet music for your church on WatchfireMusic.com. We’re so glad that you are finding songs for your congregation.

    You mentioned “From A Distance.” Is this the Julie Gold song sung by the one of my fave’s,Bette Midler? That is the only song of that title that I am familiar with. I love this song. I know and love Julie Gold — wonderful New York singer/songwriter!! I can tell you that I have not sung this song any time recently in or out of church — or any song that resembles that title. Maybe you can give me more info — composer, lyricist and also the first few lines of the song. I’d like to help.

    Also, you really got me thinking, so check out my latest blog post — inspired by you!

    All best to you!
    J

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  • 3. Lyrics and Church — Part 1 « Julia Wade’s Blog  |  May 20, 2009 at 7:37 am

    […] Filed under Performance, inspirational Music, inspirational Sheet Music Recently, my good friend Kristie commented on this blog that she sang “From A Distance” as a solo in her church. Now, unless she […]

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  • 4. Julia  |  March 16, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    Hi Julia! I’m new to Watchfire Music and to your Inspiratus. I am currently (music com. chr.) and soloist for our local CS Society. We have no music accompaniment. I’ve been very busy trying to find accompaniment cd’s for my solos. I’m interested in purchasing your latest cd, and am wondering, if there is any way i can get a solo accompaniment cd. Open for any suggestions you may have. Thank you for your time.

    With Gratitude,
    Julia

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    • 5. juliawade  |  March 20, 2010 at 12:51 am

      Hey fellow Julia!

      Thanks so much for writing. At this moment, we do not have accompaniment tracks available for my CDs, but we hope to have those in the near future. In the meantime, there are indeed a lot of simple performance accompaniment tracks as well as highly produced ones out there.

      Here are a some ideas, which you may or may not already know about:
      1. Check out Peter B. Allen’s site, pbamusic.com. He has wonderful vocal solos with excellent piano accompaniment CDs.
      2. Lloyd Larson has a beautiful solo book, “The Birthday of a King” with orchestral accompaniment tracks. He is published by Lorenz Publishing (see lorenz.com).
      3. Craig Courtney also has great piano acc. CDs to go with some of his vocal solo books. Check beckenhorstpress.com.
      4. Sally Deford offers many lovely solos, many with downloadable performance tracks. Check her site defordmusic.com.
      5. Robert Collister offers mp3 performance downloads on watchfiremusic.com.
      6. Also, do you know about Solo Thoughts? It is a resource for CS churches published quarterly and monthly, giving solo suggestions for each Bible Lesson Sermon. Check it out on watchfiremusic.com. Just go the site and put “Solo Thoughts” in the search box. You can download free pdf samples to explore.
      7. On the Solo Thoughts page on watchfiremusic.com, you can find my list, “Julia’s List: 2005 -2008” which gives a comprehensive list of solos I sang during that time period, along with where to find them.

      There’s A LOT more out there, but these will get you started.

      Enjoy your exploration, and let me know if I can be of further help.

      Thanks for saying hello, Julia!

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