Judy Cheeks Within

FRESH: ‘Within’ – Judy Cheeks

Judy Cheeks…as you’ve never heard her before!

Country, Soul, Gospel

Our dearest friend (and it feels so good to be able to say that), the legendary Ms. Judy Cheeks, has taken us by surprise, as today she releases a brand new track, and it’s a side of Judy you won’t of heard before!

With so much history and musical achievements to her name, Judy steps right out of the box to blend Country rhythms, Soul harmonies and Gospel chords in her beautiful new song, “Within”.

After 45 years, you could say Judy Cheeks has done it all. But I promise you, you won’t of heard anything like “Within” from Judy before. This is mellow, thoughtful and every so slightly infectious, as Judy kicks up her heals, pops a great big cowboy hat on her head and allows the softer side of her voice to envelop your listening lobes and with good reason too.

With “Within”, Judy, along with long-time musical collaborator and best friend Sean O’Shea, offers a very personal message to all of us in these trying times. A message of hope and comfort and, as she sings, “Don’t live your life for another…just find a bit of courage and live it from within”.

Judy has certainly been busy in recent years with her three albums, “Danger Zone” (2018), “A Deeper Love” (2019) and “Love Dancin’” (2020), all of them truly amazing and a must hear, if you haven’t already! Judy certainly writes and sings from ‘within’ and this new song is just an unashamed joy. Bless you Judy.

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So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!