Wow.. this has turned out to be an especially loooonnnnggg newsletter! It had to be though as I’ve chosen to write about 5 very talented folks who needed to be spotlighted this time. But as I write above.. please feel free to skim it and just read what interests you!
It’s been a busy, exciting two months, not the least of which was watching my granddaughter, Angie Zeiderman, on American Idol. I originally planned to spotlight her in the Jan 15th newsletter, but Idol was starting on TV in 3 days and we were not permitted to tell anything at that time. Was so thrilled to see her later when they televised the Aspen CO (where she first auditioned), Hollywood & Vegas auditions. They had promised her that she’d be prominently shown… and she surely was!!
Also am anxious to see Angie next month when I visit her parents, Amy & Gary Wayne in Boca Raton, FL as well as my son, Glenn Atwell (whom I’d written about last issue) in Lehigh Acres, FL. Will end up the trip seeing my singer friend, Charlotte Guntkowski (Port St. Lucie, FL), with whom I’d been in bands while living there 10 years ago. Oh, almost forgot… trip is starting out with a 2-day cruise to the Bahamas (Celebration ship) that we purchased at an incredibly low price!!
I was surprised to learn I’m back to being #1 again in two genres at www.numberonemusic.com/judywelden when I went there recently to add my latest single releases. You might recall that I was #1 there for 16 months (Rascal Flatts was #2).. then for a year I was #2 with them being #1. Well, I’m back to being #1. Very incredible; however I do have thousands of fans at that site and nearly 2 1/2 million plays or downloads! You can hear my latest single releases there.
Really am pleased that February’s single (YOUR HAND PRINT ON MY HEART) is still doing so well (was #6 in the TOP 50 GLOBAL CHART). To keep up the momentum, it and March’s duet with Ray Lani (THANK HEAVEN FOR EMAIL) will continue to be promoted during April and perhaps even beyond. So many DJs think that Ray’s and my duets are just me singing, not always putting Ray’s name on their playlists. Thanks to those of you who do add his name (it’s really important in order that he gets counted for the charts). DJ Tom Kawai, who reports to STS, took the time to delete the song from his playlist that just had my name, then immediately add it again with Ray’s name included. Thanks so much, dear DJ Tom!!
All the musicians and producers did a wonderful job on the two singles. Gary Farmer produced the tracks, playing rhythm instruments, including keyboards; Chris Truelove produced the vocals and Phil York did the final mastering for YOUR HAND PRINT ON MY HEART! Two of them are being spotlighted in this issue and one will spotlighted in a future one.
Also being spotlighted this time are my two co-writers of THANK HEAVEN FOR EMAIL. The idea came from my cousin, Vesta Weber who’d never written a song before and did an incredible job. When I lived in FL, I led a songwriter group and never have I known anyone who did so very well in their first attempt at songwriting! Vesta has written her own story and writes more about how these lyrics came about that we co-wrote. Ray Lani (also being spotlighted) and his son, Ray Jr. on drums, did a great job on the tracks with Ray’s catchy country swing tune that has a touch of the blues in it. Gary Farmer did a fine job on keyboards and Chris Truelove blended my vocals well with Ray’s (especially with me being in GA and Ray in NY!) and mastered the song. Everyone can relate to this song and I hope you’ll take a listen .. or better yet, watch the cool videos Tonya Williams made of this song and the other new one as well as the CD jackets for both, are shown below in this issue. www.williams-webs.com Tonya does wonderful, affordable work
DJs who cannot accept MP3 files can download these songs at Airplay Direct: Just check out WHP‘s two latest compilations there.
Thanks to my promoter friend, Rhon Scheuerman, who co-wrote YOUR HAND PRINT (ON MY HEART;There wasn’t room to spotlight her this time but wanted to thank her for her part in writing the great lyrics we co-wrote for not only Valentine’s Day but to be a great love song for the rest of the year.
Thanks also to all the DJs who have been playing my recent releases:
Let’s Make America Great Again & Shop Till I Drop, both co-written with Rhonnie Scheuerman, & Heaven Backs Me Up, & The Rest Is Up to God, co-written with Ray Lani, as well older releases. You are ALL greatly appreciated!! A few I’d like to mention here are DJ Jerry Mac who plays 5 or more of my songs on his 24 hour shows many days of the week. Also DJ Bev Whamsley, who always plays one of my songs on her shows and sometimes 2 or 3!
This just came in ..as I was ready to send the newsletter .. have been behind with my email, but so happy I caught this one before sending as it’s very important. My friend, promoter and co-writer, Rhonnie Scheuerman writes a weekly column called “Inspiration Station” for WHISNews21 online. The one today was about what our country is going through at this time and why she and I co-wrote LET’S MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN. Frans Maritz, the owner of the station & website, added the video that he made for the song last fall. The lyrics are there beneath the video.. so I hope you take the time to see this as it will give you hope in these troubled times! Song was #8 on the TOP 50 GLOBAL CHART last Nov. It has been heard around the world and we hope it continues to be heard. In her column today….
Rhon Scheuerman writes: “Dear Inspiration Stationers, Bob and I read newspapers & watch TV and all that is going on with candidates running for election for President of the USA. & we are very happy that Judy Welden and I co-wrote “LET’S MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN”….. We love our country, The USA, and want it to thrive and be led by God-fearing, committed people, and at the top a man that makes it his priority to bring it back to where it should be. Many people are suffering with the economic situation, with folks losing their homes, gas prices steadily climbing, others losing jobs and not able to find new ones. For our children and grandchildren we want the BEST for the country they live in, and for their future. Please listen to the words we wrote for “LET’S MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN”….Listen to Judy bringing her heart into the singing of this important song. WE CARE! Thank you and we hope that this song will in some small way inspire you to not give up on our Great Country, “THE UNITED STATES OF OUR AMERICA”! http://whisnews21.com/2012/03/15/rhons-inspiration-station-wants-america-great-again/
See ya next time!
♫ Judy ♪♫