"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 world-renowned artist development specialist who’s methodology - by developing the mind, body, and soul, you can create the life and career you dream - has been taught to many of today’s most acclaimed songwriter’s and artists.

With 40+ years of music industry experience, Judy has held numerous positions, including 20 years at Warner Chappell Music as Senior VP of Creative, where she was responsible for signing, developing, and managing their broad roster of new stars and legendary artists, such as Grammy-Award winner Sheryl Crow, Michelle Branch, Jewel, Gavin DeGraw, John Shanks, Wayne Kirkpatrick, Scott Cutler, and Anne Previn, Julian Bunetta, Kevin Kadish, and Franne Golde, among others.

Known throughout the industry as the “champion” of the writer and song, Judy has always held top honors as having the “best song sense” around.

Before joining Warner Chappell, from 1985 to 1988, Stakee was General Professional Manager at Screen Gems Music where she signed and developed the careers of several songwriters including Rick Nowles and Oscar and Grammy-nominated songwriter, Scott Cutler. She also looked after Carole King, Gerry Goffin, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil whose catalogs were housed at Screen Gems.

Stakee began her career at Arista Music in 1978. During her seven years with the publishing arm of Arista Records (led by Clive Davis), she held a variety of positions culminating with her role as General Professional Manager. Learning and being inspired by Clive in her first industry job was nothing less than amazing.

Stakee holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from the University of Southern California, is a past president of National Songwriters Association, is the former governor of NARAS (LA Chapter) and a songwriter and vocalist in her own right. She has garnered hundreds of BMI and ASCAP awards for her writers and numerous Grammy, MTV, CMA, AMA's, etc...

In 2009, Judy shifted with the music industry and started an independent artist development company. Her integrated development approach serves as a launchpad for recognized songwriters, including The Voice's Raelynn (Big Machine/Universal), Gina Schock (The Gogo’s), Shaun Shankel (producer/writer), and Jordan Richman (multiplatinum producer/writer).

In 2015 Judy wrote a book based on her methodology entitled “The Songwriter’s Survival Guide” that leads you on a journey of what it takes to become a songwriter. The book is required reading for various songwriting classes at colleges across the US including Belmont in Nashville.

In 2016, Judy created her now world-renowned songwriting retreats, based on the methodology taught in her book and writing camps she led at Warner Chappell. To date, she has built a community of writers to over 600 songwriters, who stay in communication with each other to help each other out.

Post-retreat, songwriters have gone on to place songs in TV and Film, get signed to major publishers, be motivated to lose 30 lbs, learn the guitar and so much more....

In 2016, Judy gave a TedxTalk to a filled Paris theater on the subject of putting songwriting into our classrooms and the benefits it would have on a child.

Her passion for the continued development of storytellers and teaching the importance of how a story is presented serves as the basis for all her continued teachings.

“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.