She achieved an initial UK chart hit with Happy Ever After (which reached No 27 in the UK and No 1 in Japan) in 1988, and a self-titled debut album and the follow-up both reached the UK Album Top 20. However, her biggest success came with the non-original (Love Moves In) Mysterious Ways, which reached number 19 in the UK in February 1992.
These releases, and the subsequent Swept, all on the Circa label, established Julia with ‘thirtysomething’ audiences and she headlined dates at venues such as the Royal Albert Hall.
Following a label change to Atlantic Records in 2002, Julia’s Concrete Love album teamed her with producer Larry Klein and keyboard player Billy Preston.
She has continued to release albums regularly during the 2000’s and in 2013 Julia performed a successful 15-date concert tour of the UK, which also featured guests Judith Owen and Michael Ball.