Sun Records–the legendary home of Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Roy Orbison–recently released its first album of new music in decades with a new CD from Belmont alumna Julie Roberts. Sun Records spent the better part of the past 20 years focused primarily on licensing its expansive catalog.
“It’s always been a vision of mine to work with new music at Sun,” says Sun Records Vice President Collin Brace, “but I knew it had to be the right artist… [Julie Roberts] enthusiasm and music bring new life to an icon like Sun. With Julie, we are continuing to write the rich story of Sun Records with authenticity and a fresh spirit.”
Roberts’ new Sun Records’ album, “Good Wine and Bad Decisions,” released on Oct. 29, and a Nashville album release concert is scheduled for Nov. 19 at 3rd and Lindsley. Having already spent her life singing and performing, Roberts first stepped into the national spotlight with 2004’s self-titled debut which scored a Top 20 country radio hit with “Break Down Here” as well as strong sales and critical acclaim. After years of non-stop touring and recording, Roberts entered the toughest period of her life in 2010. She left her former label, lost her home and car to the historic Nashville floods and was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. In April 2013, Roberts re-introduced herself with an appearance on NBC’s smash series, “The Voice.”
“My musical journey up to this point has been an amazing ride,” says Roberts, “and I feel so very blessed and honored to continue that journey with the iconic and legendary Sun Records label. I’ve been a fan of Sun artists and songs since I was a little girl, so it’s both surreal and exciting that my music will be Sun music.”