This week we are crushing on Singer/Songwriter Judith Owen!
British born, and dividing her time between New Orleans and Los Angeles, Judith Owen hearkens back to the classic Laurel Canyon vibes of Joni Mitchell and Carole King, but with a modern touch. Incorporating elements of jazz and R&B, Judith uses her lyrical talents to fearlessly tackle important social issues, set to a beautiful soundtrack.
Judith’s latest album, Somebody’s Child, is the epitome of her musical style. With her vocals and stellar piano playing front and centre, the songs on this album are vignettes of life crafted from the perspective that we ARE all “somebody’s child” – parental as well as planetary. In the end, it’s an album about us, all of us. While her previous record Ebb&Flow was a very personal work, Somebody’s Child moves from the confessional to the observational.
For the new record, Judith recruited the best of the best in LA session musicians. Legendary bassist Leland Sklar (James Taylor, Phil Collins, drummer Russ Kunkel (CSNY) and guitarist Waddy Wachtel (Keith Richards, Stevie Nicks) all lent their talents to the album. Along with her British based collaborators master percussionist Pedro Segundo and sublime cellist Gabriella Swallow, this blending of talents all came together to create the unique sound that is Somebody’s Child.
Check out the title track here, and you’ll see what we mean.
While she takes her music incredibly seriously, Judith also prides herself on her sense of humor. It’s something that would be hard to hide, even if she tried, considering she’s married to Harry Shearer (The Simpsons, This Is Spinal Tap), who also contributes bass to one of Somebody’s Child ‘s tracks.
Let’s see what makes the heart of this musical maven beat a little faster, shall we?
What is your definition of romance?
Your partner buying you flowers or a book about your favorite artist when it’s NOT a Hallmark holiday!
What is the best piece of romance advice you have ever received?
If you can laugh through disasters, embarrassing situations, clothes and body malfunctions..you’re with the right person. My advice is “don’t expect to get everything from one person”
What’s the strangest thing you have ever done to get a love interest’s attention?
Written him a song, recorded it and put it in his hand as he was boarding a plane… we were married two months later
If there was one piece of advice you could give to other men/women out there, what would it be?
I wrote a song about this. Try and remember that YOU chose them, for exactly who they are. Try not to waste years (as I did) playing the “you’re perfect, now change” game!
We still bicker about who put what where. No one ever tells you when you share space with another person (especially when you’re both control freaks), they’ll drive you crazy with irritation and some days you’ll really hate each other..
But that’s normal and it’s why spending time apart and getting some perspective is so important.
How do you keep the romance alive in your relationship?
When one of us is on the road we Face Time at least 3 times a day. It reminds me of our early days, talking on the phone for hours from opposite sides of the world.