Judy Brown is a Canadian roots music singer, songwriter and guitarist, influenced by the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Ellen McIlwaine, Van Morrison and Muddy Waters.
Judy’s musical journey began with touring the Alberta oil patch before moving to Toronto where she performed in local clubs and music festivals. Performing abated when raising her family but her song writing continued. In 2016 she moved to Nelson BC to be close to family and surround herself with that city’s rich and supportive arts community.
In 2017 Judy returned to recording, reuniting with long time award winning musical friends, collaborators and producers Gary Kendall and Teddy Leonard. Her new recording “Say It”, was released in Spring 2018 and received national and international airplay on blues and folk formatted shows.
In 2018 and 2019 Judy performed at festivals and clubs in BC, backed by her Nelson band of top local musicians Clinton Swanson (sax), Jon Burden (guitar), Jesse Lee (bass) and Donny Walker (drums), and appeared in Ontario with her award winning recording band including Teddy Leonard (guitar), Gary Kendall (bass), Jim Casson (drums) and Michael Fonfara (keys).
She has received recent funding support for her musical projects including FACTOR and Columbia Basin Trust, continues to write new songs, performs live with her BC and Ontario bands and plays bass in Sam Hurrie’s Band around Nelson, BC. She is working on a new duo project with Donny Walker called Blue Birds, which will feature country, folk and blues infused music with solid sweet harmonies.
“Brown's vocals serve her songs very well indeed and Teddy Leonard's arrangements are simply sparkling - it's hard to imagine a better backing band. This one's a gem and I hope she gets back here soon to perform it live.”
— John Valenteyn - Maple Blues