Despite launching less than a year ago, 22-year-old artist Jude York has merged into the spotlight already with over 20 million streams under his belt.
While releasing music under different names, Jude started to dig deeper into his own personal story and explore an emotional delicacy which feels unique to himself.
Growing up in Toowoomba QLD with an opera singer mother and composer father, Jude York was always surrounded by music, learning the craft of production and songwriting in the family’s converted garden shed. Initially training in musical theatre and classical singing, his first performance was at the age of nine to an audience of 2000 at St John’s Cathedral in Brisbane.
Following high school, Jude and his brother, Ben, embarked upon a journey together under the name, ‘The Beamish Brothers’, writing music together which has culminated in a number of tours around Australia, Japan and South Korea, whilst accumulating millions of streams from their song releases. In 2020, the brothers received an Arts Queensland grant to release their political-pop single and corresponding music video, Dollar At The Heart, as the two gained traction performing at the National Live Music Awards, Hidden Lanes Festival and QPAC.
At the age of 20, Jude signed to music publisher Wise Music as he began to make a name for himself writing with the likes of Jantine Heij (Odette), Tyler Beans (Harry Styles, Miley Cyrus), Anna Timgren (TWICE, LOONA), Danny Spadaro (Lexi Jayde), Jack Vidgen, Ainslie Wills and AYDAN. All the while, Jude was beginning to collaborate as a solo artist with producers such as Rob Tirea (LA), Needs No Sleep, Tina Says and Wastemall, making it to number 5 on the ARIA club charts and receiving rotations on Rage TV and Triple J who noted his “smooth, velvety vocals”.
Now heading into 2022, Jude York’s emotional anthem I Won’t Need To Dream will be debuting on Eurovision - Australia Decides and Jude will be taking to the stage at Carols in the Domain to an audience of 20,000.
Following in the footsteps of artists like Robyn, Lorde and Christine and the Queens, Jude’s focus is creating music to which one can simultaneously dance and cry. His signature blend of sorrow and joy, heartbreak and heart-lift creates a cathartic listening experience and an emotional depth which transcends genre. All of this, mixed together with a sombre piano, lush synths and Jude’s breathtakingly soulful voice create a powerful combination for an artist starting to make waves.