My family still claims I sang and played music before I talked. Well, who knows…but it’s a great story for holiday dinners. 🙂 But for sure the music has always been in me. I grew up in New York and Connecticut and went to Yale and Harvard Law School (long story…), all the while playing in various bands, performing in musical theater and writing songs. After headlining a show in New York City I had an epiphany – I loved performing, but I didn’t crave it or the limelight the way I think you need to if you want to be a star. What I really craved was….to make music. And I realized I could do it for other people.
So I moved to Los Angeles and started honing my writing and producing craft. After several years, I had my first Number One hit as a writer and arranger: “I Don’t Have The Heart” by James Ingram. And the ball was rolling. Next, Whitney Houston recorded “Run To You” for her film “The Bodyguard”. I made the record with David Foster, worked on producing Whitney’s vocals and even sang backgrounds with her. “Run To You” was nominated for an Oscar and a Grammy. Then I wrote “For The First Time” for the film “One Fine Day” with Michelle Pfeiffer and George Clooney. Kenny Loggins performed it and the song garnered another Oscar and Grammy and also a Golden Globe nomination.
Along the way, there were lots more hits and nominations, with amazing artists such as Barbra Streisand, Ray Charles, Tina Turner, Rod Stewart, Leann Rimes, Chaka Khan, Kristine W., Oleta Adams, Gladys Knight and Dave Koz. And recently, big records with Charice (“The Truth Is”), Toni Braxton (“If I Have To Wait”) and Kimberley Locke of American Idol fame, number one singles on the number one CDs of Italian divas Giorgia and Elisa, and songs recorded by massive pop/classical group The Tenors on their Juno-winning CD, Right Said Fred and many more. Also a couple of things for television: the theme song from the Michael Jackson show “Man In The Mirror” (“Believe In Me”) and the score for the t.v. film “The Prince and The Pizza Boy”, starring Joey Lawrence. (One of my biggest t.v. successes; I still get mobbed by little kids on the street. Haha.)
65 million records sold worldwide. At last count. Nominations for 2 Academy Awards, 2 Grammys, 2 Golden Globes and, for artists singing my songs, nominations for two more Grammys and a Soul Train Award.
In March 2016 The Grammy Museum did a special night celebrating the more than 25 year career of my long term songwriting partner Allan Rich and me. Check out the opening video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VSGzTu6NOcA.
Recently I have been focusing a lot of energy on qWaqq, an innovative new music streaming service of which I am CEO and Founder, where users can discover and songwriters can post and monetize the unknown “hidden gems” in their catalogues: www.qWaqq.com.
And of course I continue to write songs and instrumental music for both established and new, aspiring artists and for film, television, commercial and corporate usages, in all genres. I play, arrange, engineer and produce in my professional recording studio. I make records and demos for myself and others, from minimalist to maxed out. I help young, aspiring writers and artists with their writing, producing, performing and understanding of “how to make it in the music business.” I also teach, consult and speak on songwriting and the music business and the life lessons I have learned over 30 years of working with some of the greatest recording artists in the world.
If you need songs, score or help with songwriting, production, consulting, speaking or other music business-related services, I would love to hear from you. Thanks for coming by to say hi. 🙂
IN THE NEWS
L.A. radio station 90.7 FM interview/panel about hit songwriting with Samm Brown on “For The Record”
http://sbrownkpfk.com in the “Audio Archives” section
“Superstar Songwriter Jud Friedman” – Interview with Cool Change Radio host Bradley Quick, June 23, 2011
“Audiosocket is honored to welcome six time Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe nominated songwriter Jud Friedman!” – June 27, 2011
“Classic Songwriter Story: How Jud Friedman & Allan Rich Wrote The Hit ‘Run To You’ For Whitney Houston”
In Entertainment Weekly Magazine: “For a Song – Oscars 1993: Best original song — Nominees Jud Friedman and Allan Rich will try anything to get ‘Run to You’ heard”
In The New York Times: “Jud Friedman Filmography”
“Chat with Grammy – Nominated hit songwriter Jud Friedman”