Nashville-based, Pennsylvania-grown Americana artist Judy Paster spent the last year writing and recording her newest album, “LIKE STARDUST” with producer Bill McDermott of Omni Sound Studios, located on Music Row in Nashville. In recent years, she has been sharpening her skills and finding her way in the musical cosmos by playing alongside hit songwriters and musicians at infamous Nashville venues such as 3rd and Lindsley, The Bluebird Cafe and The Listening Room. Along her journey, Judy has also played at coffeehouses, breweries, wine bars, juice bars, little and big stages - from New Jersey to Arizona and everywhere in between, but never has her artistry and heart been captured and made known the way it is today.
Paster comes from a place of pouring her heart, faith, & pain into songs, beginning when she was just eight years old. Now, she weaves relatable tales of loves lost, dreams dreamed, and hope fulfilled with stunning country and rock sensibilities backing the melodies. Her experiences as a teenager traumatized by drugs and abuse, flinging the pain into a gypsy lifestyle of van living and moving from place to place, as well as her father’s death from Alzheimers—which she sings about on the heartwarming track “With A Kiss”—have all shaped the person and artist she is today. Not devoid of suffering, yet ever hopeful & seeking a better life, Judy has emerged with an undeniable strength that expresses itself through a pure, clear sound. She is a classic singer-songwriter, whose voice and songs transcend genres, generations, and even the galaxies.
Upon reviewing the record, Hillbilly Hippie Music Review said Judy possesses “a clever hand on the pen and at times, an enchanting lilt to her voice that draws the ear into the stories she’s weaving.” She incorporates a fresh folk country sound into cleverly and beautifully written songs. She makes you believe it when she sings, "…We open and close our hands, and change partners at the dance, We burn and shine just like the sky above us, and we go out like Stardust...." on the title track 'Like Stardust'. It alludes to the way she imagines our exit from this life could be - in a majestic burst of stardust.
When writing and creating her music, Judy takes her cues from legendary singer-songwriters,such as Linda Ronstadt, Bob Dylan, and Neil Young, with simple, yet powerful melodies that capture the heart and soul of the listener. Judy has collaborated with award winning songwriter Bill DiLuigi, who boasts hundreds of film and TV placements, as well as top Billboard-charted Country and Americana songs, and many other Nashville songwriters.
Judy's album, 'LIKE STARDUST" was released in 2019 and she was thrilled to have Nashville's own WMOT Roots Radio support for her project. Her first single, "CIRCLES ROUND MY HEART" was featured there, as well as on Lightning 100. She debuted live on Opry Radio WSM, as well as being a guest on the Fox Rock & Review show, on iHeart Media Nashville. In addition, NPR Radio has played Judy's songs around the country, and overseas.