Judith Owen: Witty Welsh Singer-Songwriter at the Metropolitan Room
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Judith Owen, the Welsh singer-songwriter, has garnered a wealth of praise from discerning critics, fellow artists, music supervisors and others. Her rise culminates in a major milestone as she undertakes this exclusive Metropolitan Room engagement.
Owen has been lauded for her live performances, which showcase her sharp sense of humor as well as her musicality. Stephen Holden of The New York Times has written, “By turns romantic and brashly witty, [Owen] suggests a fusion of Joni Mitchell (personal subject matter), Annie Lennox (vocal quality) and Burt Bacharach (melodies).”
Among material spanning her career, Owen’s show will feature songs from her album Mopping Up Karma, released worldwide in January on her label, Courgette Records. Mopping Up Karma is the best document yet of Owen’s artistry. The seeds of the album are a set of recordings that were going to be her major label debut ten years ago. She made them with star producer Glen Ballard (Annie Lennox, No Doubt, Dave Matthews), whose discovery of Owen performing in the Hollywood club Luna Park led to her signing by the Capitol boutique label Java Records. Setting out to make her first album for the label, Owen began writing and recording with Clifton Magness (Avril Lavigne) and Ballard. When the company’s presidency changed hands, Owen was nearly left to languish. She decided to go it alone, record new albums and release them independently, which she has done with rare success. And now, a decade later, she has returned to the Mopping Up Karma tracks and transformed them — newly recorded vocals, re-mixed tracks, and more — for a new album. The Washington Post says of the album, “Owen’s voice is so lovely and soulful, even spellbinding at times, that she has no problem convincing us that looking over her shoulder is time well spent.”
The Metropolitan Room engagement marks a return to the U.S. for Owen, who just toured the U.K. as a featured vocalist in Richard Thompson’s 1,000 Years of Popular Music. Reviewers of that show lauded Owen’s performance especially. Having attended The Barbican, The Guardian said Owen “deserves to emerge as a celebrity in her own right thanks to her subtle theatrical approach and her ability to constantly switch styles.”