Judith Owen

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Judith Owen
Residence New Orleans, Louisiana
Occupation Singer-songwriter
Years active 1996-present
Spouse(s) Harry Shearer (m. 1993)

Judith Owen is a Welsh singer-songwriter. Her first North American album, Emotions on a Postcard, was released in 1996, and has since been followed by five additional releases. She is co-founder of Twanky Records with her husband, Harry Shearer.

Life and career[edit]

She was interviewed on National Public Radio's Weekend Edition Sunday on 17 June 2007, on which she performed several of her songs from her 2007 release Happy This Way. Her cover of Deep Purple's "Smoke on the Water" has been used as bumper music on Coast to Coast AM.[1]

In 2008, she released "Mopping Up Karma," followed by 2010's "The Beautiful Damage Collection" (a compilation album).

On 18 September 2008, a three-song live video performance premiered on LiveDaily Sessions, featuring the songs "Creatures," "I Promise You" and "Let's Hear It For Love".[2] On 25 October 2008, Owen performed "Creatures of Habit" on Public Radio International's What d'Ya Know with Michael Feldman.

She has recorded and toured with Richard Thompson in recent years, notably on the 1000 Years of Popular Music recording and tour. She has also appeared on his albums including The Old Kit Bag and Sweet Warrior.

She appeared as herself on The Simpsons in the thirteenth season episode "The Blunder Years".

On 10 February 2011 she appeared on BBC Breakfast alongside Ruby Wax, promoting their new show, Losing It.

Her 10th studio release is "Ebb & Flow." Released on April 7, 2014 (UK) and May 6, 2014 (USA & Canada), it features three of the four members of "The Section": Leland Sklar on bass, Russell Kunkel on drums and Waddy Wachtel on guitar. "Ebb & Flow" was her first album to be released and promoted throughout Europe receiving critical acclaim including The Independent UK, The Sunday Times, Le Figaro France, La Repubblica Italy, BT newspaper Denmark Rolling Stone Germany with radio play from {RTE Radio 1]] Ireland, BBC Radio 2, RTVE Radio 3 Spain, P5 Denmark, YLE Radio Suomi Finland among many others.

In 2015, she was invited to support Bryan Ferry on his UK tour. The London Royal Albert Hall Show June 1st was cancelled at the very last minute due to Bryan infection of his throat. Several journalists were attending to review her and an impromptu decision made to invite them all to her London home. A special evening of pure unamplified version of the planned set was performed. The Independent newspaper ran an article the following days and highlighted it on a feature of living room shows. She performed at the Cropredy Festival Oxfordshire, MadGarden Festival Madrid

2016 Somebody's Child album release in UK, Europe, Australia and Japan. In June, she showcased the album in Melbourne and Sydney to rave reviews including Noisee11.com - she and Harry Shearer performed together in Brisbane and Adelaide Cabaret Festival with a new show called "Thie Infernal Racket" that instigated massive media coverage of this as well as her album.

2016 "Christmas Without Tears" annual charity show will return to London along with New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and New Orleans.

Touring in UK, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Austria, France, Italy, Netherlands, Ireland are planned.

2017 Somebody's Child will be released in USA and Canada as well as others whilst touring throughout the year.



  • Emotions On A Postcard (1996), Dog On The Bed Music
  • Limited Edition (2000), Dog On The Bed Music
  • Twelve Arrows (2003), Dog On The Bed Music
  • Lost And Found (2005), Courgette
  • Here (2006), Courgette
  • Happy This Way (2007), Courgette
  • Mopping Up Karma (2008), Courgette
  • The Beautiful Damage Collection (2010), Courgette
  • Some Kind Of Comfort (2012), Courgette
  • Ebb & Flow (2014), Twanky Records
  • Somebody's Child (2016), Twanky Records


  • Creatures Of Habit (2008), Courgette Records
  • White Christmas (with Julia Fordham) (2013), Little Boo Records
  • In The Summertime (2014), Twanky Records


  • Christmas In July (2004), Century of Progress Productions


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