A vivacious, charismatic vocal talent with the ability to light up a stage …
Judy Vaughan stepped into the limelight to perform the music she has long loved to sing. Her story is like most, the dream, a passion and drive, despite many challenges. It is a quiet, patient, determination that has helped Judy to continue to draw nearer her goal …
She grew up with music ... Gospel, Hymns, Pop, Soul ... on the radio, the TV, records, the church. Her parents sang in church choirs, and young Judy joined her father singing in a local group
known as The Starlight Choir ... it was here and at her junior school that Judy sang her first solos.
The 'showmanship' aspect probably came from Judy's dad who became Mr Great Britain during the 1960’s.There is a story that a great-aunt of Judy’s was an actress in America
The Starlight Choir often took part in church events or competitions around the country, mostly in Birmingham and Coventry, singing Gospel songs, hymns and anthems. The ‘Hallelujah Chorus’ is still Judy’s favourite today. The choir disbanded after some years and Judy started out on what was to evolve into a solo career
It began with a singing class at a local dance school. A vocal teacher, her husband on piano, a small group of girls and Judy. Here she discovered her love of Jazz, singing ‘Stormy Weather’ for her stage debut. ‘The vocalist’ was born
One of the first talent shows Judy participated in was a small pub in London. Opportunities and invitations to perform began coming in ... there was interest from managers, agents, national and international enquiries for events and special occasions
A conversation during a local talent show presented an unexpected opportunity for Judy to be in a musical theatre production. She played ‘Queenie’ at The Kenton Theatre, Henley, in Show Boat. This role, the first of many, gave Judy the chance to perform as a musical character and her performance received outstanding reviews, described as, ‘A performance which would grace a professional stage' (NODA)
More leading roles followed in musical theatre and pantomime; Chicago (June), Hot Mikado (Pitti-Sing), Stepping Out -The Musical, twice, and the Play (Rose), Follies (Solange La Fitte), the UK Premier of Raffles of Singapore (Jellahay), Footloose (Ethel), Tommy (The Acid Queen) and Anything Goes (Erma). As a straight acting role, the play 'Doubt - A Parable' with Wokingham Theatre Players, was a first for Judy .. just eight emotionally charged lines in the second act!!
To perform on a stage like the London Palladium, Judy has appeared in fundraising extravaganzas at this esteemed theatre of dreams and other West End venues such as Her Majesty’s Theatre. Other goals are within her reach ... Judy developed a show based on her life story, showcased it to raise funds for Cancer Research, with an aim to perform around the country and international at a later stage, the reward for her labour of love. Judy has also performed with some fine Jazz Musicians in a big band and small combos ... Choral Groups and Choirs
A young Judy wanted to become a ballet dancer, this was not to be but in music with the gift of voice she has found an outlet for self–expression.