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No one was more surprised than Blake Shelton when fellow country singer Julie Roberts auditioned for The Voice earlier this month.
However, none of the four judges chose to turn around for her performance of Blake's hit single “God Gave Me You,”  meaning she had not been chosen for the show. When Blake finally saw Julie, he was visibly upset and announced to his fellow judges, “I know her . . . and she sang my song,” before apologizing for not choosing her.
We caught up with the optimistic and bubbly Julie following the audition. In the years since her 2004 Top 20 success with “Break Down Here”  and departing her record label in 2006, she has released an independent project in 2011, but sadly, she was also diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and lost her home and belongings in the 2010 flood that devastated Nashville.
Despite her setbacks, Julie remains upbeat. Her path to The Voice began when the producers approached her in 2011 to audition. The timing didn’t feel right for the vivacious blonde, but when they contacted her again in 2012, she felt differently.
“I’m just so strong in my faith that I feel like the second time God said, ‘The first time I let you say no, but the second time, you have to say yes because I have a plan for you.’” she remembers.
Julie flew to L.A. for the preliminary auditions, and was brought through to the blind auditions. She admits that Blake’s dynamic “God Gave Me You” may not have been her first choice of songs. “Patsy Cline, Bonnie Raitt, something soulful or traditional, Otis Redding, would have been more me,” she says. Unfortunately the network didn’t have clearances for the tunes Julie loves to sing.
Still, she has no regrets.  “It was a hard decision, but now I feel like it was the right decision because a lot of my fans have been writing to me on Facebook and Twitter saying, ‘I was wondering what happened to you and I’m so glad to see that you’re around and I can’t wait for new music.’ So I feel like it was a blessing that they called and I decided to do it. Obviously, I think I would have liked a different outcome. I don’t know. I was so sad when Blake didn’t turn around . . . but I thought it was a good opportunity.”
Julie is moving forward now, planning her June 8 fan club party in Nashville and working on some surprises for her fans.
“I have some exciting things to announce that I’m trying to work on, but I really want to get back on the road,” she says. “I just have to stay faithful and be patient.”