Four icons of music are to unite to become four of the strongest female fusions ever seen on the global music stage. Following the incredible success of their Woman To Woman tour & album of 2018, Beverley Craven, Judie Tzuke & Julia Fordham, are back together for a new tour with acclaimed British singer/songwriter, Rumer and will play Cardiff’s St David’s Hall on November 11.
To coincide with the tour, Beverley, Judie and Julia recently released a new live album and a single, Humankind, an environmental rock/pop anthem with a sobering and thought-provoking video, which highlights the devastating effect of human behaviour on our planet.
Since the mid 1970’s, Judie Tzuke has been a stalwart of the UK music industry. Originally signed to Elton John’s Rocket Record Company, Judie is best known for her 1979 hit ‘Stay With Me Till Dawn’, which reached No.16 on the UK Singles Chart. A prolific singer/songwriter, Judie has released more than 30 albums in the past 40 years, including ‘Sports Car’ (which reached No.7 in the UK Album Chart), ‘Welcome To The Cruise’ (No.14), ‘I Am Phoenix’ (No.17) and ‘Shoot The Moon’ (No.19), alongside three further Top 40 UK chart albums.
Here, Judie reveals her music inspirations to Andy Howells.
What was the first song that made an impact on you?
Hey Joe by Jimi Hendrix – I’d never heard anything like it. The guitar had its own way of singing and the voice that was kind of talk singing, blending the two voices together in a menacing new and exciting sound.
What was the first album you owned?
Marvin Gaye – In the Groove. I was at boarding school and used to listen to my little battery radio hidden under my pillow at nights – I Heard It Through the Grapevine came on and l loved it. I didn’t know who it was and spent many nights waiting to hear it again. It’s a fantastic album. I later covered ‘You‘ from the album and still have the original vinyl
What’s your constant go to track?
If I need to dance around the house, then Brickhouse by the Commodores. Joni Mitchell Blue or River if I’m nostalgic. Or, if I’m with my girls and we want to have a sing, “May You Never” by John Martyn.
What’s your constant go to album?
Solid Air by John Martyn. It has such a beautiful atmosphere, sharing folk with electronica sounds and what a cool voice. He is still someone I am inspired by musically. John twice asked me to sing with him and, though we never managed to do it, I’m so honoured he wanted to.
Who’s your latest music discovery?
Phoebe Bridgers. And I love Billie Eilish and JP Saxe, especially his song “If the World Is Ending.” For me, it’s the perfect break-up pop song. It makes me cry every time.
What’s your own track that best defines you as an artist?
‘The Written Word’. There are many at different times of my life, but this one explains how I can’t always get listened to, so it all ends up in my songs.