New music from a superb Welsh songwriter influenced by the L.A. sound
Pianist-singer-songwriter Judith Owen is known for her love of musical variety and melding it into a great stylistic gumbo all her own. Her critically acclaimed 2014 album "Ebb & Flow" was personal and very much a love letter to L.A.'s Laurel Canyon. Now, her new "Somebody’s Child" takes a leap from the confessional to the observational. The new music places Judith's amazing voice and piano front and center in vignettes of life crafted from the perspective that we are all “somebody’s child"— parental as well as planetary. "By nature, I am a diverse musician. 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,” says Judith. “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.” With "Somebody’s Child," and its many moods and shades and a contemporary twist, Judith Owen seems well on her way into the Premier League of contemporary singer-songwriters and interpreters. Which is where she belongs.