Judd Starr’s music, a masterful blend of adult contemporary rock, is a reminder that while technology has ensured that anyone can make a record, very few can do it as well. The Los Angeles based singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist’s new album, Spirit and Skin, exhibits a level of skill befitting this lifetime musician who has had his music heard by millions on various network television shows and films, all the while creating the music he wants, his way.
In addition to writing and recording his own songs, Judd has been an in-demand musician for television, providing music for NBC and MTV (The Real World, Road Rules and The Little Talent Show).
But it’s with his own music that Judd has best expressed his own voice. His debut album, Luminescent, featured the hit “Firefly," which reached #8 on the FMQB Adult Contemporary chart and was a YouTube success as well with over 100,000 views. MTV Networks licensed Luminescent across its entire platform of channels and the experience proved to Judd that there was an eager audience for his music, and provided the clearing for his new album, Spirit and Skin.
Musically, the album is written in the best way...well crafted, catchy and memorable, a reminder that music doesn’t have to sound unmelodious in order to be “real."
As Judd states, “I’m writing and recording because I’m compelled to and the minute that compulsion is gone, so am I." And it is in that spirit that Judd Starr has created Spirit and Skin, a work that communicates one man’s love of making music, his need to create it and the skill with which he does it. ~ Review by Ben Lazar / former A&R representative for EMI Records & CEO of Tenth Avenue Music.