Judith Owen, whose latest album Somebody’s Child has received rave reviews across Europe and her native U.K., will perform at Gallery 345 in Toronto’s west end on Sunday April 2, 2017. Owen’s live band includes a string ensemble and legendary bassist Leland Sklar (James Taylor, Phil Collins), who also played on Somebody’s Child along with fellow L.A. session stars, drummer Russ Kunkel and guitarist Waddy Wachtel.
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“Stepping into the dark, glimmering lounge at Dublin’s Avenue already seems to take you back in time to a jazz-club era, making it the perfect venue for Judith Owen and her band. They play Owen’s newest album, Somebody’s Child, straight through in its entirety. Though it’s a unique way to approach a performance of new music, you have to wonder why more artists don’t present a new album this way.” Hot Press (Dublin, Ireland)
“Judith Owen and her band invited us, that evening, to discover a musical odyssey with languid and shimmering eclecticism. The instrumental synergy, skillfully combined alchemy, choralistic whispers and the sweet pleasure of Judith’s vocal range... these were the successful ingredients of this rare, delightfully elegant show.” Songazine (Paris, France)
“Some concert moments remain a special memory. This includes the performance of the Welsh- born songwriter Judith Owen on the Darmstadt Jagdhofkeller on Sunday.” Echo (Frankfurt, Germany)
“On the whole it is flawless and effortless music of a kind that sounds classic at first listening. Despite all the accumulated veteran status, it actually feels like the beginning of something.” Dagens Nyheter (Stockholm, Sweden
An artist whose work updates the classic Laurel Canyon vibes of Joni Mitchell and Carole King with elements of jazz and R&B, Owen’s songs also fearlessly touch on contemporary social issues. At the same time, it’s hard for her to hide her sense of humour, as it would for anyone if they were married to Harry Shearer (The Simpsons, This Is Spinal Tap), who also contributes bass to one of the album’s tracks.
“By nature, I am a diverse musician,” Owen says. “It’s who I am because of all the music I grew up being exposed to, from opera to Sinatra, Joni to Stevie Wonder, and everything in between. It’s a very British thing where you love mixing all those styles. It’s classical. It’s pop. There’s jazz. There’s rhythm and blues. Then there’s rock thrown in there too.”
About Judith Owen
A songwriter since her teens, Owen paid her dues performing in London clubs during the late 1980s and early ‘90s. Her future husband caught one of these shows and the pair immediately fell in love. Upon relocating to L.A. in 1993, Owen began collaborating with an array of notable names, including producer Glen Ballard, singer/songwriter Richard Thompson, and her friend, actress Jamie Lee Curtis.
In 2000, Owen and Shearer moved to New Orleans where she made a string of albums with John Fischbach, the engineer on Stevie Wonder’s Songs In The Key Of Life. During this period, she and her husband also developed their Christmas variety show, which now tours annually to raise money for a host of charities, from mental health organizations to World AIDS Day. In 2006, she and Shearer created a live theatre production entitled “This Is So Not About The Simpsons,” and Owen also had the honour of performing live with Spinal Tap under the guise of back-up singer “Arnica.” In fall 2016, she appeared on The Simpsons’ 600th episode, singing the “theme” to the James Bond-esque storyline.
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