Judy Aron writes songs that should be plastered all over the radio – If the radio waves were controlled by musicians. A musical blend of radio-friendly alt-pop and folk-rock, Judy has crafted an indie style that aims to please everyone. However, nothing in her lyrics suggest catering to the masses. One listen to her music and it’s clear that reveals herself, heart and soul. She writes about life experiences – her own and those of the people around her. Catchy and meaningful, her music speaks to everyone in some way or another.
Judy was born into a musical family, always encouraged to sing and play. However, crippling shyness and stage fright kept her silent. It wasn’t until her senior year of high school that Judy realized that she could sing well at all. She started writing music to accompany her poetry and discovered that she really enjoyed writing songs. And so it began.
In college, Judy majored in music education. She played in several bands, sharing the songwriting duties and honing her songwriting skills. After her first band Clueless imploded, she formed Ply with a few fellow music majors. Ply was fun and popular on campus but also short-lived, as was the Freak Ensemble, in which she switched between guitaring and drumming. Fed up with dealing with multiple personalities that weren’t her own, she decided to work on her own solo career.
In 2000, Judy released her first official CD, “Curious Jude”. The CD was well received as a look into her innermost thoughts and feelings. Many consider it her most emotional work to date. In 2003, she released the last thing on your mind. The CD was a marked departure from the folky and subdued nature of the first CD. Backed by a supporting band of guitarist Rob Ward, drummer Jonathan Ward, and bassist Justin Lee, the recordings were more electric and rocking than “Curious”. In 2007, Judy released “Call It What You Will”. Self-recorded and produced, it is a shining example of Judy’s evolution as a writer and singer. It is still catchy, still memorable and still full of meaningful lyrics.
The past few years have been busy ones. In 2009 she met Steve Coleman while she was playing in a pub near his home. “Met” in that he watched her play a song and then disappeared. The following evening she received an email from him asking if she’d be interested in collaborating on some music, and Chasing June was born. Chasing June has been a darling of the critics, appealing to their senses of musicianship and highly energetic shows. In 2011, they released “Under the Slate Grey Sky”, which received play and high praise from many of the folk DJ’s throughout the country. In 2012, The band recorded music for two Hollywood films – “Creature” and “For the Love of Money”. Both movies were NOT critical darlings, yet they still gave Chasing June a chance to be heard.
In 2011, Judy also formed a new band with long-time protégé Aly Berkowitz. The band, Tastes Like Blue, started out as the duo playing cover songs for fun (and practice), but grew into something more. Utilizing both girls’ writing skills, they put out 2012’s “The Worst Puzzle of them All” – A collection of both original and cover material.
2014 brought new music - Chasing June put out their "Take Our Time" EP to much acclaim and in November, Judy finally released her 4th solo CD "Fly" - it contains 14 of the 22 songs written on her own while also writing for the other bands.
In addition to writing songs, Judy also composes music for her school’s concert bands, having written or arranged over 30 pieces for young musicians. She takes pride in giving her musicians something challenging yet accessible, asserting that most band teachers underestimate what their children are capable of. Many songs are posted on this site – If interested, the parts and scores can be downloaded for free.
2015 offers many opportunities for Judy, so she’ll be all over the place. Expect a new solo CD, a new Chasing June CD, another Taste Like Blue CD and hopefully a lot of shows. Stop by and say hello!