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Frank Foley

Published on 1 Mar 2018


This week a wonderful interview with singer-songwriter, Jude Adams!


In the way she embraced the questions, Jude strikes me as a thoughtful, considered person, who has a playfulness about her and great sense of fun.


If all we can ever hope to do is truly find expression for who we are inside, through music, Jude seems to have found her way!


And, I think, in the end, it has something to do with self-love, as Jude says:


"Learning to love yourself isn't about arrogance ... it's something much deeper than that ... if you can't love yourself, you won't be able to do it for other people"


This was a very Frank chat! It is at times deep and meaningful but always fun. Chewing over forces of nature, doing your own thing. Don't call me Judy. Reverting to the truth of your childhood self. Not having regrets when you're "really" old. Hamlet. Dutch courage. ME. A lot of creative stuff. The challenges of working out who you are. Recording a duet with Dusty Springfield. The best is yet to come. The Killing of Sister George and Billy Ocean!


Live performance reviews:




"Jude Adams sings with panache and the zest of a soul sister who has lived a little and experienced a lot. Definitely not background music, The Window to My Soul is gripping and exhilarating, thanks to singer/songwriter Jude Adams' punchy brio. Read The Window to My Soul and you will be inspired to get up, face your fears and do it anyway. Once read, never forgotten." Rosie Millard OBE. Chair, Children in Need, CEO Children and the Arts, former BBC Arts Correspondent, journalist, broadcaster, author.



A second album and a "memoir of sorts".  


The album contains 8 self penned and original songs and my own version of 2 covers that are very close to my heart. Co-Produced by the incredible talent that is singer/songwriter/producer and CEO of Hookers Songs, Georgia Train,  and sound engineer extraordinaire, Chris Stagg.


The songs were recorded in November2018 and were mastered at Abbey Road Studios at the end of February 2019.


In addition to writing and performing the songs on this album I am also the Executive Producer. It was a wonderfully inspiring and empowering project and process and allowed me enormous creative input and freedom. A very collaborative album I am very very excited about it. It combines "ballsy" and beautiful and a full range of genres. The songs relate directly or indirectly to topics covered in the book so whilst they can stand alone they are interwoven.



The book includes stories short and longer from my life, poetry, song lyrics, snippets and images. My memoir mentor and editor is the quite wonderful Marnie Summerfield-Smith.










" A genuinely engaging live performance from the awesome Jude Adams. A talented, honest and fun-loving woman with a remarkable story. An inspired first album, so keep it up lovely lady I want to hear more. " Allison Miller.


Listening to the CD and watching you gigging it's really hard to believe that this is your first album and that you haven't been singing and writing songs for 20 years. You seem so assured and relaxed and the songs are awesome! One of the things I like best about the album is the variety of moods that it reflects, from upbeat and dance-worthy to langorous. There's something there to suit every mood. And that means that every time I listen to the album I find a new favourite. I thought I'd settled on Soaking but when I heard your set at the Soiree, I jumped ship for Forever My Love."  


Alis Hawkins. Author None So Blind.



"Jude's musical journey may have been triggered by her experience of ME but the evidence of her songs, and her performance of them, demonstrates that illness alone is not the source or the justification for her talent. The time has come to set the music free from all such encumbrances and let the songs and the performer fly. Jude is not to be defined by her ME but by her talent.


Another faultless and engaging performance from Jude Adams during the Canterbury Festival proves this loudly and clearly. Her confidence, creativity and talent and delivery seduced the audience. A pure delight to follow her voyage, of self-discovery for her, and a exciting discovery for the audience.


Waiting for the next collection of songs and more live performances. Don't keep us waiting too long Jude."


Robin Bowyer and Colin Alderman.



" A great evening of music and conversation at Jude's Soiree. I particularly liked the song she wrote for Marg- Forever My Love- it quite brought a lump to my throat. It was great to hear how making music has helped you manage your ME. Inspiring!"


Geraldine Knights.



"So loved last night-I found it really inspiring. And it was wonderful to hear the music that I have become so familiar with in a new way, and with more context."


Clare Unsworth. Film Maker. (Including Older Women Rock: the documentary.)


"Loved the arrangements of the songs-sounded great!" Jo Harvey.  


"You all sounded wonderful!! A lovely event." Dawn Lilford. Lilford Gallery.        "I am so glad I got there. It was lovely! Congratulations." Griselda Cann-Mussett.