Biography

Singer of Traditional Western Music - Radio Show Host – Author - Educator.

  • Lady Balladeer of Texas
  • Nominated Female Vocalist of the Year by Western Music Association and Academy of Western Artists
  • My God and I – Top 15 Cowboy/Western Albums
  • My God and I – Top 100 Most Played Cowboy/Western Cds
  • Top 100 Most Heard Individual Artists on Cowboy/Western Radio Programs
  • Author Western Wisdom – Educator’s Guide
  • Co-Author – Parker County Legends: Trail Bosses and Wild Horses
  • “Cowboy Jubilee” Western Music Radio Show Host
  • Finalist – Disc Jockey of the Year by Western Music Association
  • Western Heritage Radio on Live365 www.judyjamesradio.com

          Judy James is a singer, guitar player and writer who sings each song with passion for the West and its history. Judy loves the West and its way of life. It’s her mission to “Keep Our Western Heritage Alive.” Producer Rich O’Brien says, “She is a tireless ambassador of the Great American West”.

Judy has a golden voice that helps us not just hear, but feel the emotions of the West.

These emotions are heard in her five recordings of Traditional Western Music and most recent recording of a gospel album.

  • My God And I – Full album of traditional hymns, Cowboy Music and one of America’s favorites, “God Bless America”, 12 songs – produced by Rich O’Brien
  • Beneath These Western Skies * – Full album of Cowboy Music, 12 songs – Produced by Rich O’Brien
  • Spirit of the West – Both traditional and newly composed songs to accompany Western Wisdom Educators’ Guide
  • The Gift of the Cowboy – Full album of Cowboy music, 12 songs – Produced by Rich O’Brien
  • Cowboy Jubilee – Full album of Cowboy Music, 12 songs – Produced by Rich O’Brien
* The song “Lizzie” was the #4 song in the top ten single releases in 2006 as chosen by the Heartland Public Radio listeners.

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          Judy's albums include many traditional Western songs as well as some that Judy has written. Each Judy James live performance encompasses the history and songs of the West. Audiences find themselves singing a Western tune after concerts and coming away with more knowledge of Western heritage.

Judy James at stock show

Past Venues

      • State Fair of Texas – Dallas, Texas
      • Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo – Fort Worth, Texas
      • National Cowboy Symposium – Lubbock, Texas
      • Doss Heritage & Culture Center – Weatherford, Texas
      • National Cowboy Poetry Gathering – Elko, Nevada
      • Charlie Russell Museum – Great Falls, Montana
      • Festival of the West – Scottsdale, Arizona
      • Texas Cowboy Gathering – Alpine, Texas
      • Cattlemen’s Texas Longhorn Registry – Weatherford, Texas
      • Charles Goodnight Festival – Claude,Texas
      • National Cowgirl Hall of Fame – Fort Worth, Texas
      • Western Music Association – Albuquerque, New Mexico
      • Cowboys, Heroes & Friends – Branson, Missouri
      • Folk Alliance Festival – Austin, Texas
      • Tombstone Western Music Festival – Tombstone, Arizona
      • Along with many Educational Programs in public and private schools, many Cowboy Gatherings, Ranch Rodeos and other performances in cities across the United States.

Judy’s Accomplishments

As a West Quest Award Winner and Teacher of the Year, Judy continues teaching children about our ranching heritage through her school educational programs. Judy has a great passion to continue teaching the era of the men and women who helped settle the West. Therefore, programs have been developed that are intended to bring life to that period in history. The Western Wisdom Educator’s Guide was developed to reach the needs of educators to give more information, activities and songs. A CD with some of the songs from the programs is included with the guide as well as performance tracks without voice. The CD is suitable to use to present as a short program or concert.

Additionally, that love of the West inspired Judy to write two books, Western Wisdom; her educators guide for teacher’s and her co-authored book, Parker County Legends: Trail Bosses and Wild Hosses, a true story of Oliver Loving and Charles Goodnight.

Parker County Legends; Trail Bosses and Wild Hosses
by Mary Kemp, Judy James and Pam Tarpley

Co-author of Parker County Legends; Trailbosses and Wild Hosses – the story of Charles Goodnight, Oliver Loving and Bose Ikard.

Judy co-authored the sections on Goodnight and Loving after doing many new interviews and deep research on the lives of these two men and their families. Stories from the Goodnight and Loving families, not commonly found, are in this book.