Ladies and gents, gather ’round, because I’ve got the scoop on a musical gem that’s about to hit your playlists like a warm, tropical wave. Remember Judd Harris, the New Orleans native and American Idol Season 4 finalist with a voice that’s graced everything from Rolling Stone to Dawson’s Creek? Well, he’s back, baby, and he’s bringing those island vibes with him. Judd’s new EP, “The Beach,” is set to drop on May 15, 2023, and it’s guaranteed to be your summer soundtrack.
Judd’s story is one of those “life’s too short” moments that we can all learn from. After losing a friend in his 30s, he and his wife made the bold move to trade the concrete jungle of New York City for the sun-kissed shores of Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic. It was there that Judd found himself immersed in a whole new world, one that inspired the breezy, sun-soaked tunes that would become “The Beach” EP.
With a little help from his friends – 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) – Judd has crafted a four-song collection that’s equal parts introspective and infectious. The EP is infused with a sense of longing for something more, a theme that resonates with anyone who’s ever questioned the traditional notions of success and happiness.
Kicking off with the lead single “Take Me Down,” Judd’s smooth vocals and evocative lyrics will have you reaching for your beach towel and sunscreen. The song is accompanied by a quirky animation-meets-performance music video that showcases Judd’s playful, relaxed nature. Fans of Jack Johnson, Jason Mraz, Sufjan Stevens, Michael Franti, and John Mayer, you’re in for a treat with this one.
The rest of the EP continues to deliver, with tracks like “Simple Life,” “Let You Know,” and “Endless Days” sure to become instant favorites for anyone craving a sonic escape to sunnier climes. Each track on “The Beach” EP tells a different story, reflecting Judd’s personal journey of self-discovery, growth, and a newfound appreciation for the beauty of life.
“Simple Life” is a laid-back, introspective ballad that explores the desire for a less complicated existence – a sentiment many of us can relate to in today’s fast-paced world.
“Let You Know” is a silky, uptempo number that seamlessly melds catchiness with a sincere message about embracing open communication and pursuing the possibility of love – a sentiment that undoubtedly resonates with each and every one of us.
And finally, “Endless Days” is a dreamy, nostalgic ode to the seemingly infinite summer days of our youth, when responsibilities were few and possibilities were endless. A definite hair raiser for any listener who shares an unforgettable time in space with a friend/s where dreams were high and time seemed to stand still.
So, buckle up, folks – Judd Harris is about to take you on a musical journey to a place where life’s worries melt away like ice cream on a hot summer day. His unique blend of pop and singer-songwriter sensibilities is sure to resonate with a wide audience, making “The Beach” EP a must-listen for music lovers of all stripes.
Now, I know what you’re thinking: “How do I get my hands on this tropical treasure?”
Fear not, dear reader, for I’ve got you covered.
Mark your calendars, because starting May 15th, 2023, you can find “The Beach” EP on all your favorite streaming platforms. And don’t forget to explore Judd’s official website, TikTok, Facebook, Instagram, Spotify, Bandcamp, Soundcloud, and Youtube Channel for even more musical gems.