“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.  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.  

What's New!

Winter, 2019 

Days away from the Winter Solstice and I am filled with both gratitude for the wonderful events of these past months and happy anticipation of musical happenings in the months ahead.   In addition to a summer and autumn filled with festivals (Falcon Ridge, Huntington Folk Festival, NERFA) I was honored to have taken part in a very special project at Caffe Lena this past July called True Songs- Lyrics of Life.  This video documents the very special collaboration between 5 songwriters (I was one!) and representatives from 5 community organizations to tell their stories of hope and strength in both song and spoken word.


Winter is shaping up for good times with some enjoyable shows in the works.  I continue to have a blast making music with my fun loving, harmony driven trio "Us!" (with Glen Roethel and Amy Soucy). Their co-written song, "No More Crying, was selected for a Gold award winner in the Open Category of the 36th Mid - Atlantic Song Contest.  If you're in the Westchester area on January 18th, do come check us out at Common Ground Coffee House in Hastigs when we kick off an evening of music featuring the talented KJ Denhert.   Work on the next recording projects continue (new solo album and Us! album in the making!). Check out my shows calendar for more upcoming shows.

Wishing everyone a Happy New Year!  May our moments be filled with warmth, love, wellness and lots of wonderful music!





Spring, 2018 

Sun and color have finally made their way to the Hudson Valley!  Winter was cozy with fun gatherings, great music and some exciting highlights.  I was proud to participate in a benefit for Puerto Rico in January .  Sponsored by Ethical Brew and produced by Mike Glick, it featured an array of talent and it was truly a labor of love.  February found me Florida bound as a Finalist in the South Florida Folk Festival’s Singer Songwriter Competition and again for the POSI Empower Awards Festival as an Honorable Mention.  I was also honored to learn a few weeks ago that my song, “Look At Us Marching Now” garnered a Top 5 Winner Award in this year’s Great American Song Contest.   

In addition to solo work, I’ve been having a great time playing with Glen Roethel and Amy Soucy in our trio, “Us!”.  We’re finalizing dates for summer and Fall TBA soon.   Excited,  too,  for a music filled summer as festival season approaches (Falcon Ridge around the corner!) and am gearing up to go back into the studio to finish my current album project (More on that to come).  Finally, I’m thankful for this amazing community of artists, friends and supporters that that I am fortunate to be a part of.  Wishing everyone happy Happy Spring!

Autumn, 2017 Update! 

Is is comforting to feel the autumn - the earth tones, smells, urge to get cozy with soup, tea, family and friends....Fall has been off to an uplifting start.  This year's North East Regional Folk Alliance brought its usual immersion (till the wee hours) in  happenings of music and friendship.  I returned in need of sleep but very motivated to finish the last several tunes for several projects underway.  I also came home to the happy news that I a a finalist in the South Florida Folk Festival's Singer Songwriter Competition! I will be heading down to Fort Lauderdale to join an impressive lineup of artists performing at the festival taking place on January 13th and 14th!. December also brings some fun music dates in and around the tri - state area.    Check my Shows page for upcoming gigs and  enjoy a love filled year end!

Summer 2017 

 I'm still glowing from the joy and honor of working with the incredibly talented Christine Lavin  who created a beautiful video for my new single, "Look at us Marching Now",  a co-write with Dan Berggren, using the photography of Frank Siteman, Sarah Putnam, and others from the recent march on 1/21/17.   Recorded, mixed and mastered by Mark Dann in his Woodstock studio with Jeremy Aaron and Lisa Klotz Dann on harmonies, "Look at us Marching Now" speaks to the reawakened activist in many of us as we cope with the realities of today's political and social landscape. I invite you to listen, watch, share, and create your own video to the song with photos of your marches.  
I was also thrilled to be named a finalist in both the Philadelphia Songwriters Project and Rhode Island Songwriting Association's (RISA) 2017 competitions!  These last few months have been filled with fun collaborations and plans for the upcoming festival season!  Look for me at the Huntington Folk Festival on July 29th and at several showcases at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival  on August 3rd (Big Orange Tarp)  and 4th (Acoustic Live)!

Check my calendar for upcoming shows and enjoy these  light filled summer days!.

Early Winter 2017 Update! 

I love this time of year.  A May baby, my "qi" seems to kick into gear during the transition months and happily is staying with me as we move into winter.  Change is the one constant.   After a whirlwind summer, the 15th anniversary of 9/11 offered the opportunity to reflect and reconnect with my ongoing need for healing.  I was fortunate to have the opportunity to visit and share my story and music with several Folk DJ's and am grateful for September's  frequent airplay of my title song, "beyond the Ash and Steel"  which speaks to the power of love to move us through painful times. You can listen to my interview with Ron Olesko on WFDU-FM's Traditions broadcast on 9/11 and read a review he wrote for Sing Out Magazine about Beyond the Ash and Steel.  


 A highlight of the heart was  joining  together with The Levins for two wonderful beautiful concerts on 9/11 and 9/12 focused on music with a theme of healing and community.  It was truly an endeavor of love.  

I was thrilled to be selected by Barbara and Graham Dean of WRPI's Mostly Folk as a 2016  Suzi Wollenberg Folk DJ artist to perform at this year's NERFA conference. The whirlwind weekend of music was as exhausting and exhiliarating (yep! both) as always and the perfect means to cope with the distress of November 8th.   

And despite the number of ups and downs (enough said!) of 2016, it was gratifying to end the year with my CD "Beyond the Ash and Steel" included among an impressive line-up on Folk DJ's list of Top albums, Songs and Artists for  2016 with the title track at #39 on the Top Songs chart! 

Fun collaborations and performances in the months ahead.  Check out my "Shows" page for details of upcoming events.   I have also started to work on my next recording project and am excited to see where my muse takes me on this one!

Now, more than ever, we need to keep our eyes on the prize of winning with love.  Music is a powerful vehicle and language for actualizing that  vision.  We have so much wonderful music out there.  Celebrate and enjoy it!   


After a whirlwind Spring filled with much personal and musical activity,  Summer rolled in with the promise of several exciting events.  With the backdrop of such tragic events in the world, the healing power of music has taken on even greater meaning and importance.  Like many, I find myself driven to actualize the words of  Leonard Bernstein as he called on us to respond to violence by making " music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before".    For me, it's  a labor of love.

On July 12th, I joined the dynamo trio Cole, Nakoa and Treacher  for a double bill of great music  played to a packed house on the wonderful series WFUV's  On Your Radar at Rockwood Music Hall hosted by John Platt.   Festival season quickly follows with showcases scheduled  at Huntington and  Falcon Ridge Folk Festivals.    I continue to enjoy sharing my new album Beyond the Ash and Steel and am so grateful for the wonderful response it has received both on the airwaves and in live performance.  Be sure to visit my "Shows" page for details of upcoming events.  And as always,  I'm deeply thankful for the opportunity to make and share my music and to enjoy the amazing music that is out there for the listening.  

May, 2016 

I had a busy and joyful start to this year finishing and launching my new CD, "Beyond the Ash and Steel".  I was thrilled to see it included on Folk Dj's list of Top Albums and Songs for January and February,  March and April, 2016 and am so grateful to the community of DJ's and music directors who are playing and featuring it on their programs!  The CD had a fun filled "North Country" release on February 28th in Saratoga Springs where I was joined by Mark Dann and Sara Milonovich.  I'll be heading out in a few weeks to western North Carolina for music merry making both in Madison County and in Asheville at the Southeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference. Be sure to visit my "Shows" page for details of upcoming events.  I'm welcoming each day that brings more light as Spring blossoms in the Northeast.  Feeling thankful for the opportunity to make and share my music and to enjoy the amazing music that is out there for the listening.  


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