A relaxed and soulful sound always gets my attention. Judith Ude exudes this and more in her new project “In Your Hands” set to be officially released on March 15th. Hailing from the great England, Judith has potential to do really well in this industry. A master of her craft, Judith Ude writes, arranges and produces her own music. We were able to catch up with this songbird. Read our wonderful interview below!
1. Please introduce yourself .
My name is Judith Ude and I am an unsigned singer-songwriter.
2. You were born in Nottingham, but where does your last name Ude originate? Where were you raised and what influence has your upbringing had on your music?
My surname hails from Nigeria but I was born and raised in sunny England. I think that my African roots have definitely impacted my musical style. I love percussive music. Anything that makes me move, tap or bob my head… Unusual but uplifting sounds always grab my attention. Being a British girl, I see how artists here embrace and cultivate their own unique style, and it’s inspired me to do the same.
3. Tell us more about your electro acoustic rock and soul sound.
It’s more like Alternative Soul really. It’s got melodic vibe and rhythm, but with a bit of filthy rock edge. I love the sound of guitars but I like to mix them up with crazy drum loops, vocal layers and harmonies. That’s my sound.
4. Do you write your own music and compose the accompanying tracks? If so, talk about that process. What software do you utilize and what is the length of the creation process for you? From where do you draw your inspiration?
I write, arrange and produce all my own tracks. I love being able to put my personal stamp on the music I create. The process is always different, sometimes I get the melody and then the words, sometimes I get them both together. Sometimes I dream songs and record what I remember of them when I wake up! It’s never the same process. I don’t have a formula or anything like that, I just let things flow out of me and then see what I have to work with. I use music software along with live instruments to create my sound. I know when a piece is done by the fact that it doesn’t take over my mind in the way it does whilst I’m working on it. My inspiration is infinite. There is no one thing that helps me to write my music but life certainly has a way of giving me something to share. I like people to have hope, feel motivated and full of love. That’s what I try and get across through my songs.
5. Do you play a lot of sets in the UK? Tell us about the best and worst venue you have performed in.
I try to play a few of gigs every month. I don’t have a favorite or least favorite venue, I guess as long as the crowd enjoy what they’re hearing from me, and I’m having a good time , that’s all that matters. I would have to say though, I played a cathedral-like church venue in Lithuania back in 2012 and the acoustics took my breath away. It’s the only time in my life when I’ve felt self indulgent on stage, I just wanted to keep singing! The crowd were beautiful and they gave me my first entire venue standing ovation. I’ll never forget it.
6. Are there any future plans to venture into the U.S.?
I’m waiting for the day when I get a call from the likes of India Arie, Janelle Monae or Mutemath saying that they need me to support them on tour in the U.S. That would be nice…
7. You have a talented, soulful and refreshing voice. Which major artists have influenced your sound?
Thank you very much. I’d have to say that vocally I’ve grown up being influenced by the likes of Lauryn Hill, Desiree, Sheryl Crow and Erykah Badu. My sound is ever evolving and is influenced by different artists all the time. I love Seal, I love Timbaland’s production style, but I also love the soaring strings of Ralph Vaughn Williams. It’s hard to choose just one influence when I have so many…
8. Which major artist do you dream one day to collaborate with?
Can I only pick one??? Hmmm, I’d have to say Chris Cornell in that case. I LOVE his voice, it’s got everything; soul, edge, feeling… Basically, his voice is everything that I hope my music is.
9. Tell us about the project you are currently working on.
Well, I’ve just independently released my single ‘Who Are You For’. It’s an uplifting track about running after and taking hold of your dreams. It’s taken from my upcoming EP ‘In Your Hand’s’ which is currently available to pre-order on iTunes and due to be released on 15th March. I’m really excited to share my music with the world, it feels like it’s been a long time coming.
10. If it were the last song you could ever sing, which song would you choose and why?
Amazing Grace. That first verse sums up so much about where I’ve been, where I am now and where I’m going.
11. Where can we find your music?