She played for different bands in her hometown of Detroit beginning in the 1970s. Bob Seger signed her band Julia up to tour with him.
In 2010, she finished in third place on the ITV series Popstar to Operastar.
She was born Marcella Levy. She married Lance Aston and they had a son named Maxwell who was born in 1991.
She sang alongside Siobhan Fahey as part of Shakespears Sister and was the vocalist on the duo's biggest hit, "Stay."