Judson Hurd | The First Step Is the Hardest

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The First Step Is the Hardest

by Judson Hurd

The new single from Judson Hurd is ambient and spacious with echoing guitars, glowing piano, and calming synth drone. Judson made his first Carnegie Hall debut in October 2015 and is working on his fourth album to be released in 2016.
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“For there is nothing heavier than compassion. Not even one's own pain weighs so heavy as the pain one feels with someone, for someone, a pain intensified by the imagination and prolonged by a hundred echoes.”
― Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Judson Hurd grew up in the beautiful country of Paraguay, at an early age he was deeply influenced and mesmerized by this simple way of living. At the age four he stumbled across his mother's childhood piano. His first 'teacher' was an old instrumental piano cassette a missionary couple left after leaving the country. The expressive, folk, piano vibrations of Philip Aaberg (Judson's childhood idol) and the simple, romantic Latin culture had a creative impact on his music.

After years of being self taught and improvising smooth, cool grooves over Bach inventions his family moved to Ciudad Del Este where he began his formal studies at the Franz Schubert Conservatory. At the age of 12 Judson Hurd rose to be one of the prominent youth pianists of Paraguay. He went on to study music theory and composition at Young Harris College and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro School of Music .

Judson now resides in Wilmington, North Carolina where he is still moving audiences through his music. His music has reached over 2,000,000 views on YouTube. He writes music for radio, TV, including companies Android, Jaguar, Land Rover, the Oprah Show, PBS, recorded countless session work, and has opened for Gavin Degraw, Five For Fighting, Building 429, and many others. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in October 2015.



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Kathy Parsons

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"The First Step Is the Hardest" is a new single release from pianist/composer Judson Hurd. Hurd’s previous releases have been solo piano, but this time he is trying a more ambient, synth-driven approach, which works very well. The almost 8 1/2 minute piece has an atmospheric synth drone that runs in the background throughout the piece while piano, keyboard, and guitars alternate in the more serene foreground. The piece has a visual cinematic sweep to it, but since Hurd composes a lot of his music for film and television, this makes sense! I am very impressed with this new music and look forward to seeing what Hurd does on his next full-length album, due out later this year. Check it out!