Judy Whitmore Releases New Jazz Album ‘Isn’t It Romantic’
Acclaimed singer, pilot, bestselling author, psychologist and theater producer Judy Whitmore has released her new jazz album Isn’t It Romantic along with the music video for the enchanting third single “I Remember You”.
With her music racking up over a million streams, Isn’t It Romantic is the follow-up to her much-loved 2020 debut album Can’t We Be Friends and marks a new era musically for Whitmore with a bold departure from arrangements. more traditional than her predecessors, unfolding in a more fluid sound imbued with the spirit of improvisation and exploratory musicality of jazz – a feat she achieves with both dazzling ingenuity and extraordinary grace.
Produced by John Sawoski (composer, orchestrator and musical director who also led the production of Can’t We Be Friends), the album was born at the legendary Capitol Studios in Los Angeles (where her story began as a singer in college) in a series of sessions with Grammy-nominated recording engineer Steve Genewick (Barbra Streisand, Burt Bacharach).
Throughout Isn’t It Romantic, Whitmore shows off her exquisite gift as a songwriter, illuminating every track with her warmly nuanced vocal style and radiant personality. The lush single/video “I Remember You” soars with delicate percussion and luminous flute melodies and follows the previous single “Sunday In New York”, where Whitmore infuses every line with his palpable affection for New York, the city where she was born, adding a sparkling vitality to Peter Nero’s valentine at the Big Apple. The track follows lead single “It Could Happen To You” with a stunning piano solo from award-winning pianist/bandleader Tamir Hendelman, injecting effervescent new energy into the pop standard, which reached No. 1 on the Playlist. Sweet Jazz by Spotify.
On October 15 at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, Calif., at 8 p.m., Whitmore will revisit the “Big-Band” era with his brother Billy Grubman as they return to the Samueli stage with a new collection of great standards. Americans. . With their 15-piece band, led by John Sawoski, these two recording artists perform the best of George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and Henry Mancini.
Whatever her mood, every track she sings showcases the innate musicality Whitmore first discovered as a little girl in Studio City, California. Named after Judy Garland (a friend of her grandfather, who played violin in the MGM Studio Orchestra), Judy’s first foray into the music world was singing in a band inspired by Mamas & the Papas formed by Capitol Records. Although she began to cultivate a promising musical career, Whitmore’s life soon took her in entirely different directions. After getting married young and having two children, like so many others, Judy had to put her dreams on hold.
From there her family moved to Aspen, Colorado where their closest neighbors were Annie and John Denver who persuaded Judy to face her fear of flying by inviting her to board their private plane, Windstar. One. Shortly after that first flight, Whitmore was determined to conquer her fear and earned her commercial pilot’s license and then began working on search and rescue missions in the Rocky Mountains – an experience that eventually inspired her first novel Come Fly with Me, a 2013 romantic adventure title that reached No. 1 on Amazon Kindle’s bestseller list.
Also working as a theater producer and clinical psychologist, despite achieving enormous success in such disparate fields, Whitmore still felt there was something undeniably missing in her life. Demonstrating once again her boundless determination, in 2014 she took her first step towards realizing her deepest dream by co-founding Act Three (a cabaret group whose trip to Carnegie Hall was chronicled in the documentary film award-winning Once Upon a Dream). A truly unstoppable creative force, within a few years she struck out on her own and started performing solo shows in Southern California and also joined the Pacific Symphony Board of Directors, and currently sits on the Executive Committee of the world famous orchestra group.
In her live performances and recordings, Whitmore hopes to instill in listeners a deep love for the timeless music that continually inspires her. “When people hear my new music, I would like them to feel a greater appreciation for these compositions and the era they came from,” Whitmore said. “The Great American Songbook is a body of work that has stood the test of time, and all of its songs deserve to be heard as the composers intended. I feel like I’m doing my part to keep this beautiful living music.”
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