When Julia was 7 years old, her ill grandfather moved into her house. Her grandfather loved to hear little Julia sing, especially traditional Catholic hymns, like Ave Maria and Panis Angelicus. She sang to her grandfather every night before he went to sleep. When he had to be in the hospital, she would sing to him over the phone. “Someday, you will sing for EWTN,” he would tell her. He died only three months after moving into Julia’s house. She sang Panis Angelicus and Pie Jesu at his funeral.
After his death, Julia’s parents decided to do just what Julia’s grandfather suggested. They made a demo tape of Julia and sent it to the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN), an international Catholic cable TV network. EWTN was interested. Julia eventually recorded 6 classic Christmas songs and had a video component done as well. During the advent season of 2006, EWTN aired the Christmas videos in between their regular programs. The videos were a success and EWTN was contacted by hundreds of viewers asking if Julia had a CD for purchase. After Christmas was over, Julia recorded another 7 songs, enough to complete her first Christmas album. All of the songs were finished recording a month before her ninth birthday, prompting the title, Julia at Eight, A Christmas Album.