A vivacious, charismatic vocal talent with the ability to light up a stage … Judy Vaughan has stepped into the limelight to give her audience the performance she has longed to give. Her story is like most, the dream, a passion and drive to continue despite many challenges. It is quiet, patient, determination that has helped Judy to draw nearer her goal …
Judy 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 she would sing 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 her 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. ‘Judy Vaughan, The Artist’ as we know her today was born.
One of the first talent shows Judy participated in was a small pub in London. Judy’s career began to take shape ... there was interest from managers, agents, national and international enquiries came Judy’s way along with invitations to perform for events and special occasions around the country
A conversation during a local talent show presented an unexpected opportunity for Judy to take up musical theatre. She played the role of ‘Queenie’ at The Kenton Theatre, Henley, in their production of 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).
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 ... a show based on her life story has been developed, showcased, and is in preparation for performances 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
As a girl Judy dreamed of becoming a ballet dancer, this was not to be but in music with the gift of voice she has found an outlet for self–expression.