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Meet Trailblazer Jud Hailey

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jud Hailey.

Jud, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Music was always an outlet for me. From an early age, I would seek music as a way to express frustration, happiness, and love. I grew up during that angsty Seattle grunge rock era, watching Kurt Cobain perform on VH1 Unplugged while I struggled with puberty and math. I really thought Kurt was a hero for kids like me. He said nothing I understood but sang everything I meant.

The very first time I used music to express my feelings, I had gotten in trouble for something. My parents left me alone in the house, and I picked up my dad’s Alveraze guitar and wrote my first song. I must have been 10- or 11-years-old. By the time my parents got back, my attitude had completely changed!

Since then, I’ve continued to write, play and perform music when I’ve needed an outlet in my life. This could be anything from pain to joy. It is truly how I see the world and share them with the world.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Absolutely not! I’ve gotten, and continue to get, lots of criticism from all over.

There is so much to writing music. Nine times out of ten, I miss the mark. But I am OK with that. I am amazingly content with the noise of the Internet. While it can get tiring to hear the same old opinions from critics, it’s so invigorating hearing one new fan describe their new feels for my music.

As an independent artist, I am also forced to run a business. There are ups and downs in every business, but when I experience hardship, I just try to see the big picture. As long as I am moving forward with my music and performances, I know I am growing. Small wins make big progressions.

We’d love to hear more about what you do.
Honestly, me. My work ethic, my drive, and my ambition. I am where I am in my career because of me. I am proud to say I am a “full-time musician.” I am excited to tell people that I perform 250+ shows a year. Everything my fans listen to, read, and buy from me was created for them by me. I spent hours toiling over guitar parts, graphics, T-shirts, and set-lists for one reason: to give them the best experience I can.

Which women have inspired you in your life? Why?
My wife is someone who helps me do my best.

The strongest woman I know is my wife. She’s absolutely amazing. We have been together for nearly 20 years. We are high school sweethearts. She made me realize that I was in control of my future, supported me when I was down, and together we have something pretty great.


  • Plastic Doll CD – $4.16
  • Whiskey & Me Single + Bonus Track – $4.99
  • Jackson Hole Raw – $7.49

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Sarah Kaufman

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