Julie grew up in Iowa and moved to GA in 1999. She and husband Charles have 3 children. Julie works as an Assistant Controller in Peachtree City. 2 years ago, her career took her and family to Michigan, but they are glad to be back in Georgia!
As a child, Julie sang in various choirs. As an adult, she sang with A Capella quartets and choruses, including Song of Atlanta Show Chorus. For years, she has also been singing in church with small harmony groups.
Julie remembers fondly, the 45s and LPs that her parents had covering the 50’s to 80’s. Her musical favorites include Elvis, Supremes, Eagles, Queen, Journey, Pat Benatar, Heart, Bon Jovi, George Michael, Prince, Madonna, Shania Twain, Adele, Bruno Mars, Imagine Dragons.
In 2017, Julie sang briefly with a band that covered rock classics, but had to give it up when she moved to MI. Now back in Georgia, Julie is excited to be the lead singer for Double Granite!
Classic Rock Cover Band
I was born into a musical family where everybody sang and most people played instruments. I started playing piano when I was five, guitar when I was twelve, and I’m pretty sure I was born singing. I played in garage bands and dance bands all through high school and on and off throughout my adult life. Most recently I have played with the Checkmate Band from Turin, GA, and Gravity from Peachtree City, GA. In addition, I’ve always done a lot of solo gigs, on both keyboards and guitar, for restaurants, coffee shops, private parties, and all other occasions where people love to have live music.
I have been a church musician all of my life. I’ve been a pianist, a worship band member, a worship band leader, a music minister, a solo and ensemble singer, and just about everything else. I am currently the pianist for the Fairburn (GA) United Methodist Church, where I have served since 2018.
I am married to Carolyn, who is the love of my life. She’s also a musician – a pianist, an organist, and a widely published composer and arranger. In my house I’m definitely the underachiever!
Bottom line – I love to make music. I love to share my music and am thrilled to see people enjoying it. Whether they are dancing, singing along, listening, or enjoying time with friends and digging the background tunes, I am never happier than when I’m filling my space with the music I love. I am excited to be a part of Double Granite. They are excellent musicians and fun people who know how to rock and roll!
Growing up in College Park Georgia, I always loved the drums and songs with great rhythm and bass. My favorite music to play is old-school funk and Motown like Earth Wind and Fire, Commodores, Atlantic Starr, Midnight Star, The Gap Band, Rick James, Dazz Band, Cameo, The Manhattans, The Spinners, Marvin Gaye, and the list goes on. I took private lessons starting at 13 and joined my high school band in the 10th grade. In my late 20s, I joined the church band playing drums. I decided I needed to join a band outside of church because I enjoyed it so much. I’ve been playing professionally for the past 24 years, as well as having a career as a nurse for 26 years and being married to Shawn for almost 30. I feel very grateful to the Double Granite Band for picking me as their drummer, and for allowing me to continue my passion of playing and making great music.
Originally from Memphis, TN, my family moved to Southern California at the age of 12 and I began playing guitar as a teenager, then joined the Army at the age of 18.
I was a member of "Quest" an "all soldier" band in Frankfurt, Germany in 1984. I was fortunate to have a couple of good childhood friends that played guitar I decided to buy my own & looked in the paper and found a Sears Silvertone acoustic & I bought it for $20. Listening to the great sounds of classic rock in the 70's & 80's was instrumental in forming my musical influences which are Jimi Hendrix, SRV, EVH, Paul Gilbert, Neil Geraldo, to name a few. After serving 20 years in the military, Ray formed Double Granite in 2013.