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"Taking your career to new heights requires an open mind, sense of adventure and discipline. With mutual trust and respect, I will set the foundation for you to become your best self. Start living your dream.”

Judy Stakee 

 

Judy Stakee is a veteran music publisher, artist mentor, author and speaker. She was Sr. VP of Creative at Warner/Chappell Music from 1989-2009, where she signed and developed many of today’s most acclaimed artists and songwriters: Sheryl Crow, Katy Perry, Michelle Branch, Joy Williams, Jewel, Gavin DeGraw, Julian Bunetta, John Shanks. She currently runs The Judy Stakee Company - an artist development company based in Los Angeles. 

Judy began her professional career at Arista Music Publishing Group in 1979. By 1985, she was the General Professional Manager at the company, managing and marketing songwriters and their catalogs. She worked with artists such as Dolly Parton, Barry Manilow, and The Forester Sisters.

In 1985, Judy pitched the song Don’t Call It Love, by Dean Pitchford and Tom Snow, to Dolly Parton’s producer. She represented Dean’s portion of the song. The song went on to win BMI’s Most Performed Country Song in 1986. At the same award show, Just in Case by The Forester Sisters, was one of the four most performed songs that allowed songwriters Sonny LeMaire and J.P. Pennington to share the BMI Writer of the Year Award

Judy joined Screen Gems Music Publishing in 1985, where she worked closely with prominent artists and songwriters including: Carole King, Gerry Goffin, Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil, Scott Cutler, Jennifer Kimball and Rick Nowels. 

In 1989, Judy started working at Warner/Chappell Music. As Sr. VP of Creative, she spent 20 years developing and managing artists and songwriters early in their careers. She was in charge of the majority of pop staff songwriters in Los Angeles, and also developed writers in Nashville, New York, Florida, and internationally.

“That first year after signing her deal, Sheryl and I spent days on end concentrating on and discovering what melodies and stories she could create that would tell the world her point of view. I became the best mirror I could be for Sheryl. She tried out every outfit, idea, lyric, and melody on me, and I offered her my reflective views and guidance.”

- Judy Stakee, The Songwriter’s Survival Guide

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In 2009, Judy founded a full-service artist development and entertainment company that develops the minds, bodies and souls of artists and songwriters to achieve the career of their dreams. By encouraging songwriters to develop a greater sense of self, Judy inspires artists to create their best works while providing the proper tools for navigating the music industry. Some of her clients have included:

Raelynn (The Voice) - Warner Brothers
Jordan Richman - Writer/Producer
Gina Schock - The Gogos
Shaun Shankel - Writer/Producer

Judy authored the book The Songwriter’s Survival Guide, which won INDIEFAB’s 2015 Book of the Year Award. 

In 2016, she started her songwriting retreats based on the songwriting camps she ran at Warner/Chappell and the methodology in her book. Each year, she takes groups of songwriters away from their everyday lives to learn how to develop themselves, their creative process and their craft.

Judy also produces her own ongoing video series called Door to Door. She’s a regular speaker at universities and industry conferences, including TEDx and Tin Pan South.