Who is Julia Patterson?
Born September 24, 1969, and named after her great grandmother, Julia Lynn grew up a small-town girl in Pleasant Hill, Missouri. Pleasant Hill is a small rural farming community 35 Miles Southeast of Kansas City. As with most small towns, it was the kind of place where everyone knew everyone. It was a town comprised of 1 main grocery store, 3 gas stations, 6 bars and about 15 churches. It is the quintessential small-town American community complete with apple pie and annual parades down Main Street. But as a young girl, Julia had bigger dreams of being a singer and dancer. As a child, Julia would sing all day everyday perfecting her voice and dance moves.
She won her first beauty pageant at the age of one, got a microphone for Christmas when she was 7 and always had it in her hand mimicking Marie Osmond from the Donnie and Marie Show on the television. Donnie and Marie were the perfect fit for what would be major influences on her life. However, Pat Benatar was her main vocal influence, but she worked with many different artists and styles. Raised by a single mother, who was a country and western fan, and by a big brother, who loved Rock 'N Roll. Julia evolved into both, “a little bit country and a little bit rock n roll”. This along with classical influences by a stepfather in her teenage years, led her to a Pat Benatar style singer with her wide vocal range and bellowing strong voice.
Trained professionally from the age of 9 and entering as many pageants and contests as possible, her amateur singing career blossomed. Though she had some challenges along the way in her teenage years, she still graduated high school, attended community college, and continued to pursue her music dream. Julia won many singing contests. For example, she placed first in the Jimmy Dean Country Music Showdown in Kansas City, performed at the Worlds Fair USA Pavilion in Seville, Spain, performed on Carnival Cruise Lines, was lead singer in many top 40 bands and a performer at various country shows in the Kansas City area. She also sang the National Anthem for the Kansas City Royals and Blades Hockey teams, was lead female vocalist for Sticks of Thunder, City Stage Theatre, Kansas City Union Station and was a singer at the Tivoli Music Hall and Stax of Wax Theatre at Worlds of Fun for 5 years. Eventually, she had some breaks come her way but health complications with her larynx cut her career short. She was heartbroken.
She eventually abandoned her dreams after she was encouraged by others to just “get a job with benefits.” For the next 18 years Julia worked in an administrative position. It was when her mother died, she realized she had to make a change. In January 2021, Julia turned in her resignation, incorporated her LLC, and started a successful small business. She would eventually return to college – graduate magna cum laude, and get accepted into not one but two top rated universities – the University of Southern California, where she is pursuing a Master of Urban Planning degree and Washington University in St. Louis where she is pursuing a Master of Liberal Arts degree with an emphasis in real estate and economic development. Today, Julia’s business consults with companies across the country providing business development, organizational structure, and administrative management. Julia is not only a successful entrepreneur, but also a dedicated animal and nature lover.
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