Julia, born July 8, 1922 in Honea Path, South Carolina, moved to Tulsa with her family, where her father began his infamous barbeque business.
She graduated from Booker T. Washington, going on to further her education at Dillard University in New Orleans, and was awarded a full scholarship to study at Julliard School of Music in New York City. She was hired as the musical director for the USO Touring Company of Porgy & Bess, immediately following graduation. The company toured the South Pacific. In addition, she also served as a civilian actress and technician based in Assmanhasen, Germany.
An accomplished accordionist, Warren was director of music at First Baptist North Tulsa for 16 years and taught piano for more than 40 years at Latimer School of Music. Many of her students became musicians. She served as director of the Civic Male Chorus.