What does it take to sing, sing again – and never stop singing? Judith Owen reveals her singing DNA.
Judith Owen is known for her intimate voice – and her ability to turn well known hits inside out into unique covers.
She shares secrets for all singers from social media to technique.
What was your first paid gig?
I don’t remember where it was, but I know I played for my dinner and tips! I was a teenager, eager to get out and play. I just wanted to learn my craft, truth is I would have done it for nothing, but dinner’s important when you’re young and broke!
Did doing that gig lead to any hopes and dreams for your singing life – if so, what were they?
Not really. I already knew I was “lifer”, and HAD to sing and perform. I think it’s in your DNA really. I didn’t start singing to be a star, it meant more to me than that.
What were one or two critical steps you took to reach larger audiences with your music?
Getting the right team around me, who are passionate about what I do and know what they’re doing. Collaborating with amazing artists, like kd Lang, Richard Thompson, Quantic and Alice Russell.
What are some aspects of social media you’re drawn to?
I just love the “in the moment” quality of Twitter, in fact I’m becoming a bit of a fanatic… it’s tapping into my restless leg syndrome!
Any social media “fails” or “successes”?
Not really, though I’ve always thought it was a mistake to beg, i.e. “Pleeeeese follow me!”
In terms of singing – who is one vocal artist who inspires you?
Timing and conviction.
What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned in terms of vocal health and/or technique?
Learn how to put your instrument away! Rest the voice. ALWAYS do your exercises before singing and NEVER eat in noisy restaurants (shouting is the singers enemy).
What’s something you do that makes working in a new venue go well?
Befriend the sound man!
What’s something you do that makes working in a studio go well?
Befriend the engineer!
What are some of your career dreams/goals?
To continue recording and performing with amazing musicians and live on a tour bus (told you I was a lifer!)
Judith Owen is known for her intimate voice – and her ability to turn well known hits inside out into unique covers. She’s been animated on the Simpsons, has sung at the Hollywood Bowl and was delighted to discover that Burt Bacharach is a huge fan of hers! Judith Owen’s new album Ebb & Flow is out now. For more information and live dates please visit her website