Since 2013, Julie Craig has been part of our amazing family here at Transcendence Theatre. You’ll recall some of her most iconic performances as recently as the 2017 Broadway Holiday Spectacular, and we are proud to share that Julie is recording an album. Julie took a moment to share how her journey with Transcendence inspired her to pursue her dream of recording an album!

Most recently, I performed with Transcendence Theatre Company in 2017’s Broadway Holiday Spectacular at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts. I was honored to have been able to sing for the community of Sonoma and Santa Rosa right after such an extremely challenging time with all the devastating fires that fall. I hope that my voice was able to uplift people and bring some joy and healing after such a difficult period.

Since then, I traveled back to Los Angeles, and began prepping, planning, researching, doing all the work necessary to get ready to make my very first album!!!!

I have to be honest and let you know that I owe the confidence to make this lifelong dream of mine a reality…ENTIRELY to the Sonoma community and Transcendence. Truly. Here’s why:

After graduating from NYU, I was able to book a decent amount of work in the New York theatre world, but my classical training wasn’t exactly in demand as musicals were moving more into the pop/rock genre. I left one too many auditions in tears because I felt like I was trying to fit a square peg into a round hole.

So, I moved to LA. I put my voice in a box, unsure of whether or not I’d open that box again, and focused on acting. Years went by. I heard about Transcendence, and the next thing I knew, I was on the Sonoma stage in the first show that summer, singing in a more classical style that felt natural to me…and I was suddenly back in touch with my voice.

The reaction from the Sonoma crowds absolutely blew me away. To get standing ovations like that every single night at every show over the years, when they were totally unexpected (I thought people didn’t really like this style of music anymore!) completely stunned me! It finally hit me like a ton of bricks last year. I realized that there IS an audience for my voice. I don’t have to be something I’m not. The thing that is most authentic to me is valuable. And enough people asked me how they could get a recording of my songs, and came up to me after shows crying, totally moved by the performance, that I just knew I had to do this.

There is no way I could express what that journey has meant to me and how grateful I am to this community. The best thing I can do now to thank you is to actually make this album and give back to you with the best gift that I’ve got: my voice.

I’m raising $25,000 on Indiegogo to make this album! The music will be in the genre best exemplified by the artist Josh Groban. It’s classical, without being full opera, and has an essence of pop. I’m working with the insanely talented Daniel Weidlein, whom many of you know very well, to write original music as well as covers of well-known classics for a FULL orchestra of world-class musicians in Budapest. I wouldn’t be able to do this without Daniel, and I’m really lucky to be collaborating with him. In addition, I am working with a sound engineer who regularly records Grammy Award-winning artists at a world-famous recording studio called The Village. Pretty much any legendary music artist you can think of has recorded there including Madonna, Barbara Streisand, Mariah Carey, and especially Aretha Franklin (RIP to the soul queen).

I couldn’t be in better hands. I truly believe that if you’re going to do something, you might as well do it at the highest quality possible and give it your all. That’s what I intend to do.

Please check out the Indiegogo page and spread the word! There are only two weeks left! I have many “stretch goals” in the case that I go over the $25K (I think I could make a duet happen with Josh Groban or Andrea Bocelli with enough funds)! If you’re inspired and want to contribute, I would be immensely grateful. There are great perks and all of them include getting the album. But please know that I am already grateful. As I said, I wouldn’t be here without you. So thank you for helping me go after a dream and express my unique voice. I cannot wait to share this music with you.