June 28, 2017
Kate Judge here! This first entry is to say hello world! I am excited to launch a lifestyle blog with hopes to grow and learn alongside you!
With a variety of interests including faith, marriage, motherhood, family, travel, fashion, food, interior design, entrepreneurship and music, some of my mentors encouraged me to start blogging. There is a sense of joy found in creating and sharing with friends!
My business, Kate Judge Music, was established 11 years ago and I cannot imagine doing anything else. In the beginning, there were nights when I wanted to see friends (or stare at the back of my eyelids). But instead, I put on my sparkliest earrings to sing at an event three hours away to earn less money than I’d spend in gas to travel. But each gig was a stepping stone to the next. And now, I am blessed to write and perform for a living!
The “biz” is constantly changing and in all honesty, I haven’t quite figured it out yet. I have performed the National Anthem for NBA teams, opened for artists like Blues Traveler, Spin Doctors and Dave Barnes, competed in the Miss America Organization and won talent awards that made sleepless nights in the practice rooms so worth it. There have been days where I’ve been stopped at the mall to sign an autograph because my music helped inspire a complete stranger. There have been nights where I left a stage with chills down my spine because I sang my heart out… And they loved it. Those are the moments I live for, and they are what dreams are made of.
As the seasons change, so does my musical inspiration. I love listening to Frank Sinatra and Cole Porter when the leaves are falling and my mug is filled with a hot latte. When wool cardigans and blankets start making their appearance, Christmas tunes and Hillsong are on full blast. When we finally spring those clocks forward, Ben Rector and Amos Lee acoustic vibes are on repeat. All summer long, I have Bob Marley playing with the windows open and salt water in my hair! But country music is where my heart belongs and it’s influence will always shine through.
I cannot write a blurb without mentioning my sweet family. I have an incredibly handsome husband, Ryan, who is an mechanical engineer and the hardest working man I have ever met. My life found new meaning this past year when I was promoted to Mommy and we welcomed our son, Remington into the world. I’m a bit of a gypsy soul and have trouble staying in one place for too long but I am currently back to my roots in New Jersey! You can always find us at the beach in the summertime. We also love to gather around our fire pit or cuddle up with our dog and three-legged cat!
I have a relative who always encourage others to “Fill Your Dash”. The idea behind it is that when our time has passed, we leave behind our name and two dates. Life is what happens during the small dash in between. On my journey of life, each passing year gets better and better. So let’s fill our dash together with as much adventure and laughter as possible!