“Judy Kass seamlessly blends touches of traditional folk, jazz, and blues with evocative, sensitive songwriting.” - Carter Smith, Common Ground Community Concerts
New York based singer-songwriter, Judy Kass, quickly draws in her audience with soulful vocals, no-nonsense lyrical storytelling and genre-bending exploration of guitar and piano. Her original music blends generous amounts of folk, jazz and blues with songs that cover the full gamut of mood and experience — ranging from whimsical musings of relationship challenges to her own personal journey of healing from post 9/11 trauma and the loss of numerous colleagues to the terror attacks.
Judy’s debut album, Better Things, co-produced by Jay Mafale (The Ya Yas, No Fuss and Feathers) and released in early 2014, received notable airplay, topping Folk and Roots radio charts for months after its release. It was also included on both the Roots Music Report’s and the Folk DJ Listerv’s 2014 year-end top albums charts.
Her 2016 release, Beyond the Ash and Steel is full of unique twists and turns of lyric, melody and harmonics that have a distinct groove while offering a familiar warmth. Beyond the Ash and Steel includes the talents of Sara Milonovich, Dan Hickey, Mark Dann, Kyla Moscovich ,and the legendary John Sebastian. Co-produced with Mark Dann , Beyond the Ash and Steel was included on Folk DJ's List of Top Albums and Songs Charts for 2016 with its title track charting at #39 on the top songs list.
Judy's recent single, “Look at Us Marching Now’ caught the attention of Christine Lavin, who created a music video of the song highlighting images from The Women’s March in three cities (https://vimeo.com/209863024). A finalist in the Philadelphia Songwriters Project, Rhode Island Songwriting Association's 2017, and South Florida Folk Festival's 2018 Singer Songwriter competitions, Judy was also named a Top 5 Winner in the Singer/Songwriter category of the 19th Great American Song Contest, and a First Place Winner in the contest's 2019 Singer/Songwriter category. Her song, No More Crying, co-written with Glen Roethel and Amy Soucy, with whom she performs as a member of the trio, "Us!", was named a Gold award winner in the Open Category of the 36th Mid - Atlantic Song Contest.