Julien Dore was born on 7 July 1982 in a French town Ales. Later, he moved to Lunel and then to Nimes. In Lunel, Dore attended high school and played for the football team, Gallia Club Lunel. Then the singer enrolled at the School of Fine Arts in Nimes.
In 2002, Julie formed a band Dig Up Elvis together with his three friends. The group started performing in bars and clubs of Nimes.
In 2006, together with Guillaume de Molina, Dore launched a project called The Jean D'Ormesson Disco Suicide.
In 2007, Dore performed at a local TV talent show, Nouvelle Star. He eventually won the contest, jump-starting an impressive solo career. The same year, ELLE magazine called him the sexiest man of the year. Before becoming famous at Nouvelle Star, Julien worked in a logistics company and continued performing with Dig Up Elvis.