Judd Starr | Spirit And Skin

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Spirit And Skin

by Judd Starr

Recipe: 1 Part Retro Rock, 1 Part The Bravery, 1/2 Scoop of Duran Duran. Mix, Bake and Let It Rise.
Genre: Pop: Pop/Rock
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1. Skies Of Orange Fire
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2. What If I'm Fine
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3. Borrow You
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4. The Other Side Of My Voice
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5. We Is A Word
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6. Please Penny
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7. A Waving Hand
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8. Spirit And Skin
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9. Give Me Something More
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10. Wide Awake And Dreaming
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Judd Starr’s music, a masterful blend of pop, rock, and dance, 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.

A Los Angeles native, Judd has been playing music since the age of ten, when he began playing the beat up piano sitting in his family’s living room. Teaching himself by ear and writing songs almost immediately, by eleven, he was experimenting with recording. Inspired both by 70’s classic rock and early 80’s new wave (both of which influence his music), by seventeen, Judd was gigging regularly in Hollywood and recording his own songs.

In addition to writing and recording his own songs, Judd has been an in-demand musician for television, providing music for NBC, MTV (The Real World, Road Rules and The Little Talent Show) and the films “UFO’s and the Alien Presence,” “Jungle Village Turtle Time,” “Fairway To Heaven” and more.

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.

As Judd states, “With Spirit and Skin, I whole-heartedly focused on what I wanted to say both musically and lyrically. I didn’t want to write about boy kisses girl, boy loses girl, boy sad. That’s been done enough.” And indeed, the album displays an uncommonly smart and incisive perspective on modern American life. “What If I’m Fine” is an indictment of a culture where everyone is taught that there is “something wrong with them,” and the answer to their problem is only a pill (or a product) away. “We haven’t evolved much from the snake oil salesmen who sold magic in a bottle from a wooden wagon,” says Judd with a knowing laugh.

“Borrow You,” a song that Judd says was the most cathartic for him to write, deals with the absurdity of consumer culture in Los Angeles and its obsession with material objects. Judd’s lyrics are sharp and penetrating, but with an added layer of compassion. “I’d always wanted to write a song like that, but it was difficult not to be preachy,” he recalls. And the title track, “Spirit and Skin,” conjures the battle between the soul and the flesh and the occasional human desire to escape, not from a place but from our own selves.

Musically, the album is pop in the best way...well crafted, catchy and memorable, a reminder that music doesn’t have to sound unmelodious in order to be “real.” Judd explains, “The most difficult task in music is to write a concise, meaningful yet relatable song that compels a person to sing it and want to keep listening to it. If that’s ‘pop’ music, that’s what I want to be, whether it’s considered cool or not.”

After years of planning his life and career, Judd has begun to go about things differently. “I’d rather start living by the seat of my pants and do what inspires me in the moment,” he declares. “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.


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Bobbi J Mooring

Awesome CD
I am a fan of Judd Starr and his great talent. The first CD was awesome and Judd did not disappoint with this one. My daughter fell in love with Spirit and Skin also.

Darcy Kindle

You gotta hear this!
“Spirit and Skin” is one of the most intelligent, artistically crafted albums I have had the pleasure of listening to in years. If you’ve been vainly searching for something startlingly unique, stop pining and start worshiping Judd Starr. Beneath the multi-layered, pop-esque tracks he throws down lie some pretty deep lyrics worthy of great intellect. Songs such as “We Is A Word” and “The Other Side Of My Voice” speak of the vast divide between human beings and the innate fear we all have of being alone. And don’t let the “get up and shake your ass” discotheque sound to some of the tracks fool you – Mr. Starr is a goth at heart, with “A Waving Hand”, about the death of a loved one, and “Please Penny” which deals with suicide. One of the most amazing things about this album is the fact that the artist put the entire thing together on his own…down to the stellar CD artwork. Put your headphones on and prepare to be transcended!

Andrea Guy

Pop Perfection
There are few albums out there that merit a listen from beginning to end. If you think this one is one such album, you would be right.

Its everything you\'ve ever wanted in a pop album and more. Its a catchy tune. Its a get up and dance album. Its also going to make you think, if you take the time to really listen to the words.

Yes, Judd Starr has brilliantly given pop music a heart, a soul and a brain. With all the mindless pop music out there, that brain is something that\'s really needed.

So buy this album. Listen to this album. Love this album and hope that there will be more to come from Judd in the future.

Mary

I Love Spirit and Skin
Awesome CD. 'What If I'm Fine' is a great pick me up and sweet start to a new day. The entire CD is a wonderful expression of life as it really is. Hope there's more to come!!

Pen

what a great addition
I have heard this music via Judd's myspace pages and this CD is unbelievably awesome!! The music is filled with different styles of music each one is perfectly done!! I just love this CD!! It's a super addition to all of my already favorite songs off of the Luminescent CD... You'll be hooked once you hear it! Thanks Judd!!!

Debbie

Thank you Judd Starr!!
This albumn is amazing, a true masterpiece. So glad to have this in my collection, a great addition to "Luminescent".
Judd's work is real and not to be missed.
Judd's love of music shows through and through.
Don't hestitate to order this one!

Diane

Spirit and Skin
This album touches every aspect of the soul. It brings out thoughts, feelings and insight.The great music and lyrics show the true talent of the man...definitely incredible.