“Just when I thought I’d heard it all, Judith Owen comes along and breathes yet another level of life into a little song I did one night while my wife was sleeping on the sofa.” – Eric Brazilian
(What If God Was) One Of us
Available to download from 2nd April
Pianist, Singer-Songwriter and Comedienne Judith Owen Releases a Brand-New Single for Easter.
ISRC: US4BS2100001 / Cat No: TWR00197 (9) / Composer: Eric Brazilian / Publisher: Warner Chappell Music Inc
Pianist, singer-songwriter entertainer Judith Owen is famous for her diverse and genre-bending covers over the years. This time around, and seemingly poignantly timely… Joan Osborne’s Grammy-nominated record and song of the year ’90s hit single “(What If God Was) One Of Us” – written by Eric Bazilian of the Hooters.
The elegance of vocal, piano, cello and percussion dramatically migrate the modern standard into the story re-told.
“Recording this track with long-time collaborator John Fischbach (Stevie Wonder, Cassandra Wilson) was made more special by meeting and garnering the love of its writer Eric Bazilian, for what I’d done with his unique vision. Recording it in a converted chapel (NOLA’s Esplanade Studio) definitely added to the “heavenly” sound, having taken the song to a pure place musically, with my “ever-turning” classical piano, cello, and timpani arrangement, that underscored and highlighted the lyrics, the timelessness of this story, and the wonder and beauty to be found even in the smallest, most inconsequential thing.”
Produced by Judith Owen and Grammy Award-winning John Fischbach, the track features Pedro Segundo on percussion and Helen Gillet on cello.
The upcoming 2021 album “Both Things Are True” features Judith originals “I Still Dream of America,” “Second Hand Sexbot” with “Hold My Hand” (a Jess Glynne cover), and the 2020 release of “September’ (Earth Wind & Fire.)
“(What If God Was) One Of Us’ – reimagined – a compelling story retold, re-sung, and redone in the words and wise of the fabulous Judith Owen.
A performer whose stylistic range spans rock, pop, classical, jazz, blues, and musical theatre, Owen is also a comedic actress and master storyteller.
Pre lockdown, she had wrapped up a tour of Europe and the U.K. to adoring fans, during which time she joined Richard Thompson as a featured guest (along with a cavalcade of British rock and folk royalty) at his 70th birthday celebration at London’s Royal Albert Hall. She then joined another legend… bassist Derek Smalls (“formerly of the band formerly known as Spinal Tap”), for a series of concerts in the U.S. followed by a handful of intimate shows in Australia with percussionist Pedro Segundo. Judith Owen is co-creator and co-host of the annual “Christmas Without Tears” charity variety show that has featured guests including Steven Merchant, Tim Minchin, Catherine O’Hara, and many others.
Her latest album redisCOVERed (2018) – an album of carefully selected covers – has been met with global praise. On it, she pays loving homage to one of her biggest influences Joni Mitchell, recording a pair of the Laurel Canyon legend’s compositions: ‘Cherokee Louise’ and ‘Ladies Man’ as well as Soundgarden’s ‘Black Hole Sun,’ and Drake’s ‘Hotline Bling’ and more.
Judith Owen’s FFS!
The twice-weekly online show each Sunday and Wednesday began in April 2020 as the worldwide Coronavirus pandemic took hold.
“A thank you to all my FFS! Friends and fans who inspired me to write and perform these songs about what we’re seeing and experiencing right now,” said Owen. A fan video of “Karen” surfaced, highlighting mental anxiety issues due to the pandemic.
????? Review – The Times (UK) “The singer-pianist shuffled the jukebox in a set of daring cover versions in which she revealed unexpected depths…a stunning evening.”
“Sassy and intelligent…Judith Owen is the female Randy Newman.” – Jamie Cullum
“Judith is a master class on how a show should be done” – Jackson Browne
“Judith Owen is one of the great talents of her generation, blessed with an expressive and distinctive voice, a fine talent for writing and a masterful style of accompaniment…unique in a crowded profession.”- Richard Thompson
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