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JUDD HARRIS Releases Summer Ready Single “Take Me Down” Off EP Out May 15

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Singer/Songwriter Judd Harris Drops Video for “Take Me Down”

The former American Idol contestant will release “The Beach EP” May 15

Pop Singer Songwriter and former American Idol contestant Judd Harris brings ample experience and breezy, sophisticated song craftsmanship to “Take Me Down”, the first single from his Summer-ready “The Beach EP”, out May 15, 2023 on streaming platforms. To help fulfill his fresh creative vision, Judd has partnered with producer David Schoenwetter (Norah Jones, Rufus Wainwright, Death Cab for Cutie), Grammy award-winning mastering engineer Randy Merrill (Taylor Swift, Harry Styles, Adele) and session musician Leo Abrahams (Brian Eno, Harry Styles, Regina Spektor) to record the music he’s been writing on his Caribbean adventure.

Judd Harris

“After a friend died suddenly in his 30s, my wife and I decided to change our life. We had always talked about living in the Caribbean and within a year, we landed in Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic. When lockdown arrived in the D.R., I stopped playing live music and started writing new songs.

“The Beach EP came out of that time. And much like our friend’s passing jolted us into action, I think the pandemic caused a lot of people to reevaluate their lives in different ways, and especially to question the traditional notions of achievement in America, what’s worth the sacrifice, and what isn’t. It’s like we’d all been sleepwalking and the pandemic shook us awake, wondering how and why we ended up here.

“The theme of wanting something more runs through The Beach EP, whether that’s a big life change, a childhood dream, a special someone, or just a beach vacation.” 

Fans of artists like Jack Johnson, Jason Mraz, Sufjan Stevens, Michael Franti and John Mayer should find something to love in this inspired 4-song collection. Lead single “Take Me Down” is accompanied by a lighthearted animation-meets-performance music video that captures Judd Harris‘s playful, relaxed musical and lyrical approach.

Watch and share the music video for “Take Me Down”.
Pre-order the single on Bandcamp.

Judd Harris - Take Me Down (Official Music Video)

More Info:
Artist Name: Judd Harris
Location: NYC / Dominican Republic
Release Title: Take Me Down (single)
Release Date: May 15, 2023 (“Take Me Down” single), Fall 2023 (“The Beach EP”)
Label: Independent
Musician Names/Instruments: Judd Harris (vocals/guitar), Leo Abrahams (guitar), David Schoenwetter (bass/keyboards/programming), Paul Amorese (drums), Rick Nossa (guitar)
Producer Name(s): David Schoenwetter (producer/mixing), Randy Merrill (mastering)
Similar/RIYL: Jack Johnson, Jason Mraz, Sufjan Stevens, Michael Franti, Vance Joy, Mat Kearney, John Mayer, Wilco, Don Henley, Mark Knopfler, Jackson Browne
Genre(s): Singer/Songwriter, Pop, Acoustic, Adult Contemporary

Judd Harris single cover

Track List:
Take Me Down
Simple Life
Let You Know
Endless Days

Press Quotes:
“Though among the first to go from last season’s final 24, Judd Harris’s high energy earned him a devoted following on Internet forums. . . . Back in New York, the New Orleans native fronts funk-rock band Visible From Space, performing original tunes as well as a killer cover of Tower of Power’s ‘What Is Hip?’ Who’d wanna see Carrie Underwood do that?”The Village Voice, “Best Funkin’ American Idol Reject”

Judd Harris

“There are moments of brilliance in the singing – where we hear influences from a myriad of popular artists within Harris’ clear tenor – from Kenny Loggins, Daryl Hall, George Michael, and the occasional edge of Lenny Kravitz.”EarBuzz, Review of Visible From Space “Fly”

Accolades:
Featured in Rolling Stone, People Magazine, CNN and The Times-Picayune, viral video of Judd’s duet with Billy Joel has 500,000 views on TikTok, American Idol Season 4 finalist, opened for Wyclef Jean and Jesse McCartney, former band Visible From Space was recognized as “Best of New York” by The Village Voice, recorded vocals on a song featured on Dawson’s Creek, voiced ads for Calvin Klein and many others

Artist Biography:
Judd Harris is a New Orleans native, American Idol Season 4 finalist, and singer/songwriter. He’s been featured in Rolling Stone, The Village Voice, People Magazine, CNN and The Times-Picayune and his voice has been heard in numerous television shows and commercials.

He’s opened for Wyclef Jean and Jesse McCartney, and his “Baby Grand” duet with Billy Joel went viral on TikTok, with half a million views. In 2016, he left New York City for the white sand beaches of Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic.

Now he’s partnered with producer David Schoenwetter (Norah Jones, Rufus Wainwright, Death Cab for Cutie), Grammy award-winning mastering engineer Randy Merrill (Taylor Swift, Harry Styles, Adele) and session musician Leo Abrahams (Brian Eno, Harry Styles, Regina Spektor) to record the music he’s been writing on his Caribbean adventure.

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