Judy Torres, also referred to as the Queen of Freestyle, the Legendary Ms. Judy Torres, or KTU's Own Judy Torres (13 June 1968, Bronx, New York (state)) is a Puerto Rican freestyle music artist. She is also a dance-pop singer who has outlasted many of her counterparts.
Early life and career
Growing up in the Bronx, New York, and attending St.Thomas Aquinas and then high school at Aquinas High School, an all-girls Catholic high school, she was the oldest of five siblings. She scored major club hits with songs such as "Please Stay Tonight," "Come into My Arms," "Love Story," "I Love You, Will You Love Me," and "No Reason to Cry," a love-themed freestyle classic. Her debut album, Love Story, which was released in 1989 on Profile Records, is a freestyle collection essential, which included singer-songwriter Mariah Carey-penned "Weakness of the Body." Her second album, My Soul, was released in 1992 and received good to rave reviews by critics and fans alike. The album features such hits as attitudinal song "Every Little Lie," which tells a tale of an unfaithful man who, instead of ending the relationship amicably, decides to lead her on. Then she confronts him about it. The single "I Love You For All Seasons" became another favorite.
Until 2009, Torres had a Sunday-night Freestyle show on New York's popular radio station WKTU 103.5.
In 2001, Torres scored a major club hit with the sentimental love song "Back in Your Arms Again." It peaked at #7 on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, her highest charting single yet. It was also featured in an excellent remix version on the popular compilation series White Party. In 2004, she released her debut single on the wildly successful label Robbins Entertainment that was titled "The Air I Breathe," which featured freestyle artist Collage. It is a Hi-NRG song produced by famed A-List producer Tony Moran. The single proformed modestly on the charts, making the Top 40 of the Hot Dance Music/Club Play, peaking about #30.
In late 2005, Judy released the single "Faithfully." The song immediately began to receive heavy airplay at dance stations throughout the nation. It is a cover of a 1983 hit by the band Journey. The single soon peaked at #1 as one of the most-requested songs on WKTU. It peaked at #1 on the station's Top 8 at 8:00 PM show for more than five weeks altogether. Other Rhythmic/Dance format radio stations in the U.S. soon added the popular single from New York to their playlists. The CD-single of "Faithfully" peaked at #8 on the Hot Dance Singles Sales chart. In August 2007, Torres returned to her Freestyle music roots with the single "I Don't." The song is a cover of Danielle Peck's Top 30 country hit written by Clay Mills/Peck/Burton Collins. In November 2008, Judy released "Hell, No," an anthem for abused women.
- Love Story - 1989, Profile/Arista/BMG Records
- My Soul - 1992, Profile/Arista/BMG Records
- Greatest Hits - 2002, Empire Musicwerks/Universal Records
- "No Reason To Cry" #16 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs
- "Come Into My Arms"#19 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs
- "Love Story"#47 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs
- "Won't Stop Loving You"
- "I Love You, Will You Love Me"
- "Please Stay Tonight"
- "I Love You For All Seasons"
- "Every Little Lie"
- "Back In Your Arms Again"
- "The Air I Breathe"
- "I Don't"
- "Hell No"
- "Beautiful Life"
- - Judy Torres's Official Website
- - Judy Torres's Official MySpace
- - Judy Torres's Official Facebook
- - Judy Torres's Official YouTube