5 years ago, Judy began working with a Finnish recording artist, Bianca
Morales, whose label wanted to create an all-English-language pop/jazz
CD. Bianca is a wonderful jazz stylist, well known throughout Scandinavia.
Judy wrote the lyrics for 11 of the 12 songs, and the CD, “I’ve
Been Dreamin’,” was released to great reviews in the summer
of 2000. This collaboration is continuing for a planned 2nd CD.
Always a freelancer,
Judy’s writing activity has encompassed more than song lyrics. In
the late ‘80s she began seriously writing screenplays. She concluded
that if she could sell the script she could automatically write the title
song as well.
Her writing partner,
Patricia Ford and she had the good fortune of getting one of their scripts
to Peter Falk, who, upon reading it, didn’t care that they were
unknown writers, and “Caution, Murder Can Be Hazardous To Your Health”
became the 2-hour 1991 season opener.
has another script optioned that she adapted from a well-known science
fiction novel. For this project she created a musical adaptation for which
she has written 8 songs with the expectation that not only will it make
a great film, but a terrific Broadway musical as well.
Several of her
other properties are under consideration with various production companies;
one project, “Voice Of The People,” based on a true prohibition
era story, has taken her and her partner several years to write due to
the amount of research required and the need to peruse hundreds of pages
of court transcripts.
As a songwriter,
Judy has amassed many credits over the years. Film credits include a three
feature deal with Chako Productions in which she wrote the title song
or featured track: “Forever And Beyond,” distributor, Toho
worldwide; “ The Survival Game,” distributor, Toho/Embassy;
Bouncin’ Back,” distributor, Toho worldwide.
have included documentaries such as “Last Of The American Hobos”
(5 songs) for Public Broadcasting and cable syndication; “Rape of
The Environment” (Theme song) for KTLA, Los Angeles and syndication
TV; an after school dramatic special, “Antonio And The Mayor”
(Theme song, “A Miracle” with composer, Morton Stevens) for
CBS Network TV, and the TV pilot for the “Minnie Pearl Show.”
(4 songs under the direction of Lionel Newman) for 20th Century Fox/April
Blackwood Music, and Co-executive producer/music supervisor for “The
Youth In Film Awards,” an independent pilot for Rogers Television
credits include “Situation” for Jobete/Motown, released on
London Records by artists Hodges, James & Smith, “Lulu”
by the Jackson Five (available on the collection “SoulSation”),
“Nobody,” a Capitol Records release by Nancy Wilson, and “I
Haven’t Got the Heart to Say Goodbye” and “Here I Am”
(title song of the album), a special project for James Brown’s label
Starday King, by the Mayor of Macon, GA, Ronnie Thompson. Dian Hart for
Amaret Records and also “The Group” for the Pete Records label,
both recorded “If’s A Mighty Big Word” and “If
You Don’t Love Me” (published by Melon Music/Shelby Singleton
As a performer,
Judy’s career began while still in high school and continues on
today as needed; the last group association was as a member of the girl
trio “Code 3,” which recorded, a title song for the film “Bouncin’
Back,” for Chako Film Productions which was distributed worldwide
by Toho of Japan. “Code 3” did a lot of club and event appearances,
and was booked for a USO tour.
She sang with
“The Treasuretones” and recorded the key track “He’s
My Guy” on AIP Records for American International’s release
of the motion picture, “The Ghost Of Dragstrip Hollow.” Other
groups Judy performed with included “The Galaxies” for Capitol
Records, from which the cut “The Big Triangle” became a “turntable”
hit in several markets around the country. There was also a brief stint
with “The Century Five” recording for Belmont Records.
as featured singer/soloist included “Surfin’ With Jimmy”
from “The Beach Party Album” on Gary Paxton’s GARPAX
label, and “We Got Somethin’ Goin’” on RAMSHORN
Judy comes from
a family that appreciated music. Her father was a child prodigy on the
violin and had a beautiful voice that attracted the attention of film
producer, Joe Pasternak, who wanted her father to replace his star, Bobby
Breen, whose voice was changing. Judy’s grandfather had other ideas
however, and her father stayed with the family “schmatta”
(knitwear) business which he eventually took over for the rest of his
On her mother’s
side, Judy’s grandmother Gross was the headlined soprano for many
seasons of the Yiddish Opera in Chicago.
started writing poems and songs from age nine. Her first remembrance is
writing a new verse to “Silent Night.” She admits that her
early songwriting education was the result of her passion for writing
new lyrics to all the popular songs.
As a matter of
style, Judy can either write to the music or independently of the music.
She has often written “by Email and fax” when only a scratch
track and dummy words were provided. She loves Broadway type musicals
and has written several songs with two or three part counterpoint lyrics
WGA, west; NARAS; ASCAP; L.A.
Women In Music; PEN; Entertainment Coalition (ECO*USA) and shes
on the board of the Namaste Interfaith Community Center.