“Some girls have got no scars/at least, on the outside.”
When I was a little girl, something happened to me that forever changed my life. When I grew up, it took me a long time to come to terms with my past. I hid behind a piano, a harp, and a pen, and began the long journey to who I am today. I was lost for a long, long time.
A young rock harpist and singer/songwriter, my name is Julia Mae. I’ve been playing the harp since 4, and singing since I could form words to do so. Trained classically, I left the world of orchestras and tuxedos for the world of leather and rock. I sing because I want others to hear my words. I want them to be touched, and changed, in some way.
I tried to kill myself when I was 13 years old. My struggle with anxiety and depression has continued over the years, and the only thing that kept me going was the knowledge I hadn’t done anything with my music, or my words, yet. Now I’m in a place where I can help others going through the same thing, channeling my pain, my joy, my ecstasy, into a medium where others can feel it, too.
When I performed at a tiny open mic a year ago, a young woman ran up and told me, crying, that my song had reached her. She was in rehab – and so young!! – but my words helped get her through. At that moment I knew I had a duty to young men and women everywhere, and anyone who was hurting or felt alone. I made my first album, “some girls”, and will be releasing it soon, to touch on all the emotions people are afraid to examine – the emotions surrounding loss, sex, relationships, depression and anxiety, abuse, and more. I choose the symbol of a mermaid, because while you can hold me down – you can’t ever drown a mermaid.
Come with me on my journey. Tell me what it makes you feel. You are not – you are never – alone.
I am singer/songwriter Julia Mae Staley, and this is my story. So far.
Mermaid kisses, xoxo,
Julia Mae Staley