Woman of the 90s
Always singing from her heart, JUDY WELDEN wrings so much feeling from the lyrics of her song that her audience can identify with whatever emotion she's projecting at that moment. The next minute she'll have them roaring with laughter at her quips between songs! Born in PA, later moving to WV, MO, FL and more recently settling in GA, Judy's natural harmony ability comes easily, having started to sing harmony with her family in church at age seven. She has always given the Lord all the glory for the gifts He has given her. Judy has sung from numerous stages, with her favorite being the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, original home of the Grand Ole Opry, where she sang on the same show as KITTY WELLS in the mid 90's. WOMAN OF THE 90'S is Ms. Welden's second album, released on Treasure Coast Records in 1994. Although the 90's have come and gone, Judy feels these songs will always be relevant and should be available for sale, plus 3 of the songs have not been released before. This earlier version of the title cut, Woman of the 90's, is AC/Pop style; whereas the later version is Country. Lyrics are included with the CD. 3 songs from the CD went to #1 on an Indie chart (THE MUSIC REVIEW). Also released in 1994 was FOREVER GRATEFUL, a Christian release on Heartfelt Records. Songs not released as singles from Judy's first album, SHADES OF BLUE, are now included on the newly released (6/06) 18 song album called PAIN SHY, BLUES & TRIBILATION which will includes three(3) new songs as well as songs from several earlier albums which fit a bluesy concept. For her 9 1/2 weeks overseas tour the summer of 1998, Judy put together an album of sixteen of her most played songs in an album (JUDY WELDEN COUNTRY HITS - '92 TO '98). She performed at Zevenbergen Festival in Holland and went on to tour in 6 other countries. Her album and songs stayed on the European charts, that included mostly major artists, all summer. Judy released a Christian album titled GRACE in January 2001. The first song on that album, a patriotic duet, (ONE NATION), co-written and sung with PHIL COLEY, from Bowden, GA, was dedicated to the new President of the US and the new Millennium. She received a thank you note from the White House, signed by GEORGE W. BUSH. It became another #1 song for her in March, 2001. CHASING A DREAM, a country album released in the spring of 2001, also includes ONE NATION and 16 other original songs. The songs received abundant airplay, especially in Europe. Even though it has been several years since this CD was released, various songs are still being played on worldwide radio. The title cut of this CD (WHEN I'M CHASING A DREAM)was released a second time, going to #1 in February, 2007) All of Ms. Welden's songs are available online for digital downloads. Over the years Judy has received many awards and nominations. A few of her awards are: International Female Recording Artist of the Year 1999, Album of the Year, (New Country, 1999), Song of the Year (FISHING FOR A NEW LOVE), co-written with Tom Littleby, American Horizon Award and Co-Writer of the Year, with DJ Mia Heylen and Terrance Alan. In addition...Judy was nominated for 6 awards for the year 2001, including Artist of the 20th Century and Artist/Songwriter of the Year. Her most recent award was being awarded a HALL OF FAME trophy at the CCMA (Colorado Country Music Assn) Award ceremony in June, 2006. Judy was honored mainly for helping so many artist/songwriters get heard on worldwide radio from '93 to '99, publishing their original songs, and also starting the Treasure Coast Songwriter Assn. With over 350 original songs to her credit, Judy has recorded 80 of them and most all have charted on the Independent charts, with 8 of them reaching #1. Those were I'M HITTIN' THE ROAD, LOVE CONQUERS ALL, SHELTER IN THE RAIN and ONE NATION (with co-writers Tina Billias, Tom Littleby and Phil Coley respectively), ABSTAIN- DON'T PLAY THE GAME (co-written with Rhonnie Scheuerman), CHURCH CALLED THE RISEN SON (Judy's lyrics to the public domain tune HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN), WHEN I'M CHASING A DREAM (written soley by Judy) and I'M PAIN SHY (co-written with Marc Rabins). Dozens of her original songs have reached top 10 of the Independent charts. Fourteen (14) artists have recorded 32 of her songs. Dubbed "WONDER WOMAN OF THE 90'S" by her then PR man, the late Gene Bear, after Judy released 10 compilation CDs with multiple artists/songwriters (including her own composed /recorded songs) in a 12 month period, she has since stopped releasing the compilations. Her focus now is on publishing songs written by herself and other songwriters she publishes in order to find suitable songs for talented artists. Like all Independent artists, she would love to have a major "hit" herself, thus the title of her album "CHASING A DREAM". 'PAIN SHY, BLUES & TRIBULATION', with 18 songs in genres of Country, blues, jazz, rock and gospel (that all fit a blues concept) was released in June, 2006. Five songs were released as singles during 2007, and all did very well on both European charts and American charts. I'M PAIN SHY went to #1 in July, 2007. Judy started the TREASURE COAST SONGWRITERS ASSN. (TCSA) in 1993, was the director for 4 years, later serving as Advisor. In 1995 she started FIRP (FAIRNESS IN ROYALTY PAYMENTS) to appeal to BMI and ASCAP concerning equality in royalty payments, requesting that their radio monitoring be updated to modern technology to assure that all songwriters be paid fairly, not just the major ones. Since early 2003 Judy has been a resident in Gainesville, GA where she is still involved in musical endeavors. With a successful career that spans more than 35 years, and having been nominated and accepted for inclusion in International Who's Who In Music and Marquis Who's Who In Entertainment & Who's Who Worldwide, Judy Welden's musical star continues to shine!