August 05, 2016
Our fundraiser of the week is Jude Adams, who’s releasing her debut album and donating 10% of its sales to Action for M.E.
Talking about her crowdfunded album This Girl, This Woman, which she describes as “soulful pop with a 60’s twist”, Jude said: “I didn't start singing in public until I was 50 having only ever sung by myself behind closed doors.
Then after only 2 years, having contracted a virus and subsequently over a 9 month period experiencing an increasing number of physical, mental and emotional health issues I had to stop because I was diagnosed with M.E. My diagnosis was mild but nevertheless it brought life as I knew it to a halt, including my singing. I spent a lot of time in bed or on the sofa in the initial two years. I tried numerous complementary treatments and therapies, a few of which I continue with to this day.
“When I could I kept up my vocal coaching and to help with the more emotional aspects of the illness I was encouraged to keep a journal noting my thoughts and feelings. Gradually those things turned into something like song lyrics and I set about learning as much as I could.
“I also started to develop melodies in my head. I don't read music and have never played an instrument so this was all instinctive stuff. I would hum those into my phone and with the help of a local music teacher started to develop them into real songs. In early 2014 I was advised to find a good arranger.
“I plucked up all the courage I could (not an easy thing) and contacted a very special musician I had met a few years previously and in May 2014 Janette Mason agreed to become the arranger and producer of that album - 10 original songs written and sung by me.”
You can find out more about Jude’s story through her crowdfunding page.