Judy Stakee is a legendary music publisher, songwriting mentor, author and speaker. Best known for her work as Sr. VP of Creative at Warner/Chappell Music, she’s responsible for signing and developing many of today’s most acclaimed artists and songwriters: Sheryl Crow, Katy Perry, Michelle Branch, Joy Williams, Jewel, Gavin DeGraw, Julian Bunetta, John Shanks. 

Now, Judy uses her 40+ years industry knowledge to guide and mentor the next generation of artists and songwriters, who are early in their careers. She runs her own artist development company out of Los Angeles, and puts on transformational songwriting retreats each year to share her holistic methodology with songwriters from around the world.

LP NY Workshops.jpg


Songwriting is your calling, but not just any song will get you a callback. If you’re serious about a career as an artist or songwriter, realize that your song is your calling card.

Judy knows what it takes to write and pitch winning songs, get them published, and build a successful songwriting career. Based on the songwriting camps she ran at Warner/Chappell and her book, her 5-day “It All Starts With a Song” Retreat is an exclusive, transformational experience that will: nurture your mind, body and soul, strengthen your lyrics, melody and voice, help you navigate the elusive music industry, and challenge you to become a better co-writer.

This Fall, she will be introducing another retreat, her first ever “First Step” Retreat, to her songwriting retreat series. Judy has specifically tailored this retreat for songwriters with a passion and desire, who may not have any formal songwriting experience. Everybody has to start somewhere, and if you truly want to improve on your songwriting, Judy wants to give you that opportunity.

 The Songwriter’s Survival Guide

Judy & The Songwriters Survival Guide

“I became known throughout my career as the ‘champion of the songwriter’, and I wrote this book in order to provide you, the songwriter, with the tools that you will need to forge your career. What you do with that career is up to you: the possibilities are virtually endless.

This book is like my song, a song that expresses my unique perspective and draws on all my years of experience. Through the lessons outlined in these pages, I have used my voice, melody, and lyrics to tell a story that will hopefully inspire you to go and tell your own story. It’s one the world needs to hear.”

Screen Shot 2019-03-26 at 10.31.12 PM.png


Watch Judy’s YouTube show, where she interviews award-winning and multi-platinum songwriters about their process: