Dallas Singer/Songwriter Julie Ingram has been preparing for a career in music most of her life. She started piano lessons in her native Centralia, Kansas at the age of seven. The satisfaction and pleasure she derived from playing prompted her to become proficient with many other instruments including guitar, flute, piccolo and organ. She sang her first solos in the church, and served as the church organist from ages 13 to 17. In addition, Julie traveled with her high school stage band as keyboard player. It was during this time that she was inducted into Who’s Who in Music.
All through her high school years, Julie dreamed of one day entertaining large audiences. She took her first step toward that dream by representing her home town of Centralia in the Jr.Miss Pageant. Pageants seemed to come naturally, and Julie went on to win the title of Miss North East Kansas, Miss Arlington, Miss Bauder Fashion College, Miss Yellow Pages and Miss Urban Cowgirl. She was also a finalist in the Miss World and Miss Kansas Pageants, but Julie knew there was more to her dream of entertaining.
Before graduation from Axtell High School in Kansas, she enrolled in Barbizon School of Modeling (she would later teach at Barbizon in Dallas). She also attended the prestigious Bauder Fashion College further enhancing her modeling career. At this time, she also took acting and voice lessons making her a triple threat. Always one to strive for the best, Julie opened her own modeling/promotional agency out of “too many jobs” to handle herself. She landed such national accounts as Jovan and Faberge. Being an accomplished make-up artist in her own right, she trained and taught make-up seminars to many artists that were hired by Neiman-Marcus and (then) Sanger-Harris Department stores.
She was an actress in the television series Dallas and did a national poster with “Pro-Arts” that sold more than 600,000 copies. Her national print ads, as well as her many radio/voice-over and television commercials, always gave her name credit.
She produced her first self-titled CD in 1996, then released Happy Valentines and My Best Friend in 1998 along with her popular single, Please Forgive Me. In 1999-2000, the hits kept coming with the release of Long Shot Girl and Touch A Life. Two more singles were released September 1, 2001 called Endurance and You. Then in December 2001, she showcased her range of talents with KIDS, That’s What It’s All About. In 2002, she followed up the single with her album Endurance. In response to the tragedies of September 11, she released her hit single Be Proud of Your Flag, which included a music video filmed on the Battleship Texas in Houston. This song was included on her album YOU, which honored all service men and women serving our country. Julie’s new break-through album Keep On Believin’ will release as a single to radio on July 23, 2007 and the album ships to retail on September 1, 2007.
As President of Summit Partners Management Publishing, Co., Inc., Julie has written more than 250 songs of various genres, as well as a children’s book. She has focused on the Country Radio market and has made special appearances at such venues as the Mesquite Rodeo (TNN), LoneStar Park in Grand Prairie and the Men’s Gymnastic VISA Cup (NBC).
She has performed a concert at the Majestic Theater in Dallas sponsored by KPLX radio (99.5 The Wolf) and WFAA-TV (ABC) and sang “Touch A Life” on KTVT’s (CBS) Positively Texas for a Northwood University benefit. A guest appearance at Dallas’ Theatre Three’s Gala with Morgan Fairchild showcased her diverse acting and vocal range ability.
Her KIDS show performances at the TI Founders IMAX Theatre at the The Science Place in Fair Park benefited the new children’s venture between The Science Place, The Dallas Zoo, The Dallas Museum of Art, and KERA (PBS). She sang “America the Beautiful” for the Texas Parks & Wildlife Expo in Austin, Texas, as part of the release of her singles “Endurance” & “YOU.”
Julie’s all original music has also been performed at The Heard Natural Wildlife Museum in McKinney, Texas and The Texas Country Music Hall of Fame in Carthage, Texas. The LongShot Girl, a moniker chosen for both her “longshot” in the recording world and her ability to handle a shotgun, has been touted as having “grace and dignity with a sense of humor, beautiful voice and earthy delivery.”