We had the good fortune of connecting with Judy Paster and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Judy, can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I think the honesty and passion expressed through my songs & performance pave the way for the listener to have a unique experience. My songs are definitely tales of life lived, the good & the bad, the sweet & the sad… I’m most proud of the confidence I’ve grown into as I write & perform. It’s taken a while to really step into my “purpose” with an understanding that I’m supposed to be “me” while doing it. Its very easy to compare yourself & work at fitting in, but to become more “you” is not always an easy task, it requires one to have a strong anchor of hope & an even stronger support team.
I’m very excited about a Management Agreement that is on the table & would be proud to grow with such a passionate, intelligent force! I’ve learned that tenacity is everything, paired with my faith. Those things enable me to continue to be passionate about my music career in general, about songwriting, & about performing. Motto’s & actions I live by are: Don’t give up! Practice a lot! And get some rest! I have taken voice lessons for several years (& still do). It’s a commitment that is a necessity to me! I want to be the best steward of the gifts & talents I’ve been given. I want the world to know that we are all connected through music & the power of love. I hope that power is evident in my songs.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would definitely take them to a show at 3rd & Lindsley. Also, a show & tour of The Ryman and/ or Grand Ole Opry, the Listening Room, & maybe a day in Leipers Fork shopping & eating. A drive through the Franklin green rolling hills & horse farms. A stroll down Main Street in Franklin with more shops and food. Maybe a few Honky Tonks in Nashville. There are some incredible restaurants in Nashville, & we definitely need to have food & a show in East Nashville, too (a very eclectic community). We’ll visit some record stores, and my friends guitar shop, Glaser Guitar. Near Glaser Guitar are the Berry Hill recording studios & shops. Nashville is full of unique shops, restaurants, rooftop bars, & live music 24/7.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I must give a shout out to my friend & co writer Bill DiLuigi. He was my first co writer back in Pennsylvania. We both still lived there ( before Nashville) & met at a PA Chapter of NSAI! He ‘tweaked ‘ a song I had written alone, & I absolutely loved it.
We have a very solid friendship & co writing relationship that has stood the test of time. My husband of 3 1/2 years is also someone who deserves a shout out! He is my greatest cheerleader, critic, & confidant. My music is his music, and my dreams are his dreams, & vice versa.
Jeff Fasano Scott Lukes Perry Joseph