TOWARDS 2019....next stop SIXTY
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:
I can now share with you that work is well underway for my second album and book project. A package that will include a collection
of 8 self penned and original songs and my own version of 2 covers that are very close to my heart , and my " memoir of sorts". This album is being Co-Produced by the incredible talent that is singer/songwriter/producer and CEO of Hookers Songs, Georgia Train, and sound engineer extraordinaire, Chris Stagg. Aswell as writing the songs I will be performing them on the album and this time I am also the Executive Producer. It is a wonderfully inspiring and empowering project and process and is allowing me enormous creative input and freedom. A very collaborative album I am very very excited about it. The feel will be different from my first album This Girl, This Woman but will still have some beautiful ballads along with some seriously "badass" uptempo numbers! The songs will relate directly or indirectly to topics covered in the book so whilst they can stand alone they are interwoven.
November will see me recording my vocals in Brighton and being in attendance throughout November and December at the recording of the instrumentation and accompaniment.
The end of October will see the completion of the first draft of my book which will include stories from my life short and long, tales, snippets, poetry, illustrations and song lyrics.
My memoir mentor and editor is the quite wonderful Marnie Summerfield-Smith.
Both the album and book are being self-published and self-funded but we will be applying for a number of grants in the New Year to support the ongoing costs of seeing through the final stages of bringing the project to fruition and touring both. Wish us luck!
The whole project will be set free as one in early June 2019. The date and precise details of a Launch will be announced soon. (The title which will be shared by both album and book will be announced at a slightly later date!!)
For now there are no plans to perform in 2018 due to having had a few little frustrating health issues but mainly because of the need to channel my energy and focus on bringing this "double-header" together.
I look forward to bringing you more news soon and to sharing this with you. Thank you for your support. With Love Jude. xx
" 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!"
"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.