Sweet songs from the underbelly.
Hannah Judson is an internationally touring American singer-songwriter based in France, performing original works that draw her audience into storylines of political, social and personal power, love and loss. Accompanying herself on Fender Telecaster with live looping harmonies and percussion, Hannah’s vocals co-mingle and ring out and intimate set, with a modern folk sound reminiscent of Cat Power, Lucinda Williams and Elliott Smith. Noted as “the real deal” by UK’s country music Maverick Magazine, and “with a style that channels Elliott Smith” by Indie Country fm radio, Hannah has appeared regularly in Paris, throughout Europe.
Alongside writing and performing, she founded and produces MUSEfest, an international music and film festival that spotlights inspiring women in music, film and art. The first two editions were in London and Paris, with New York City projected for 2017. She also performs in Lacuna Echo, an experimental audio/visual digital environment project with painter Florence Artur and Absynth creator Brian Clevenger.
She discovered her first electric guitar at a Wicker Park pawn shop, as a student at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she studied painting, sound and design. In Chicago she was a continuous member of folk, grunge and alt/rock bands, as the songwriter and lead vocalist. She also produced and hosted GrrrlsRock events at Beat Kitchen.
• Hannah Judson. With Serge Bencissou, Michel Esquelin, & Brian Clevinger
• Kite Club 2001-2005. With Leslie Santos & Brian Burkhard.
• The Heroines 1999-2001. With Katina Petsas & Leslie Santos.
• Sweet Bridget 1994-2000 With Jim Pogozelski, Dave Bernstein, Kent Withrow, & Leslie Santos.
• Blow Pops 1994-96 With Kim DeCaires
• The Bloomers 1993-95. With Susan Augustine & Steve Petrovic
• Salt Lick 1992-93 With Sean Cook & Kevin Carroll.
MBA, Berklee College of Music. In progress.
MA, BFA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Painting & sound.
BA, Colby College. Fine art, art history, poetry. Pepper Art Prize.
Classical Spanish guitar studies, San Sebastian, Spain.
Studied classical piano with Bill Wallace and harpsichord with Miriam Barndt-Webb.
2017 St Paul on Saturday, Produced Michel Esquelin
2011 Underbelly, Produced Michel Esquelin
2003 Apollo, Produced Brian Burkhard, Fly High Records.
2003 Embarcadero, (Indie Music Club Compilation)
2002 Grrrlfest 2002: Throw Like A Girl (Grrlzone, Urbana IL)
2000 Heroines, Rock Paper Scissors Records
1997 Plum, Rock Paper Scissors Records
1997 Spindle Sweet Bridget. Produced Jim Pogozelski
1996 Songs on Silvertone. Produced Russ Fisher
1996 Spider Sweet Bridget. Produced Jim Pogozelski