When Julia Holcomb was 16 years old she became the legal ward of Steven Tyler, lead singer of the rock band Aerosmith and former American Idol judge. At age 17, when she was over 5 months pregnant with Tyler's first child, she barely survived a fire that burned their apartment. While still in the hospital recovering from smoke inhalation, she was coerced into a horrific saline abortion.
She is the author of the memoir The Light of the World - the Steven Tyler and Julia Holcomb story, published on LifeSiteNews and credits her faith in Jesus Christ as the life line that helped her rebuild her life after her abortion trauma.
She writes, "I pray that all those who have had abortions or have participated in any way in an abortion procedure may find in my story, not judgment or condemnation, but a renewed hope in God's steadfast love, forgiveness and peace. Marriage and the family are the building blocks of all virtuous societies. I pray that our nation may find it's way back to God's plan by respecting the life of unborn children and strengthening the sanctity of marriage."
Julia is also an accomplished artist, having studied painting at the Angel Academy of Art in Florence, Italy and the Toronto Academy of Realist Art. She specializes in iconography, portraiture and landscape realism.
Today Julia is happily married to her husband of 30 years and together they have 7 children.
"In telling her story at our annual benefit, Julia Holcomb quietly transformed herself from the image conveyed publicly of “Steven Tyler’s former fiancé and legal ward” to who she is today – devoted wife, mother, artist and a strong witness to the transforming power of Jesus Christ to change lives."
"When Julia spoke at our annual benefit dinner earlier this year you could have heard a pin drop in the room! Her testimony was very compelling not only in the story itself but in the way she presents herself. This was our most successful benefit dinner in five years both monetarily and attendance wise. It was a pleasure working with Julia, I would highly recommend her as a speaker!"
"While Julia spoke, you could hear a pin drop among the 1200 people in the audience as they hung on her every word. The feedback was marvelous. Three months later, we are still getting requests for her presentation. One attendee told us, 'Every year when I attend your banquet I think surely you can't outdo the year before, but you did it again with Julia Holcomb!'"