Born and raised in Baldwinsville NY, her piano playing father initially introduced her to music, where she frequently sang with him and her younger sister, Sara. Shortly after, she became involved with musical theater and started directing, producing, and choreographing her own pop shows with her friends and family members in her basement. This developed her love for the stage and for connecting with others. It also sparked her interest in writing her own songs starting around the age of 10.
Goodwin was introduced to the music of The Great American Songbook in 2013 where she won Michael Feinstein’s Songbook Academy, serving as the Junior Songbook Youth ambassador. Through this, Feinstein became a forever friend and mentor to her. The two performed nationally together on some of the world’s most renowned stages including Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, Birdland, The Palladium, 54 Below, The Wynn, among others. Julia was a guest performer at the 2014 and 2017 Great American Songbook Hall of Fame Induction Galas honoring Johnny Mathis, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Linda Ronstadt, Shirley Jones, Ray Gilbert and performing a tribute to Mitzi Gaynor. Julia has taken her love for jazz music to the Symphony stage as well, working with Syracuse-Pops (Symphoria), The Naples Philharmonic, The Pasadena Pops, The Louisville Orchestra and The Rochester Philharmonic. The New York Times has applauded Julia and her jazz chops calling her “phenomenally gifted.” Goodwin released an album in 2014 titled “Feeling Good” featuring some of her favorite songbook standards.
Julia was featured on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” and became a quarterfinalist on the show, performing at The Dolby Theater in Los Angeles and Radio City Music Hall. Other notable television appearances include “Michael Feinstein’s New Year’s Eve” on PBS filmed in The Rainbow Room as well as ABC’s “Inside Edition” and “Extraordinary.”
Eventually, Goodwin was introduced to social media in her high school years and quickly had a knack for making short covers to her favorite pop songs. Frequently filming with her sister, Julia gained over 230k fans on Vine with her popular covers of “Airplanes” by B.O.B, “Knock, Knock” by Mac Miller and many more. Julia currently creates videos for Instagram, which has morphed into performing her own original music and creating derivative works with lyrical rewrites.
Over the years, she has been invited to join an A-list of multiple award-winning singers from the worlds of Jazz, Broadway, Cabaret and Pop which include: Freddy Cole, Christine Ebersole, Kristin Chenoweth, Dan Brubeck, Darren Criss, Elaine Paige, Marilyn Maye, Aaron Tveit, Jake Miller, Benny Mardones, Andy Grammer and Jessica Sanchez. Julia performed at the 2014 M&T Jazz Fest opening for Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and Trombone Shorty and at the 2016 Jazz Fest opening for Michael McDonald.
In 2016, Goodwin attended Syracuse University, majoring in Music Industry with a concentration in Jazz Commercial studies.
In December of 2019, Goodwin released her Christmas time classic “Home for The Holiday.”