Since she got her first guitar at the age of 13, Judy Wing (Brunet) has been drawn to expressing her experiences through music. Her introspective writing style and low range vocals are an easy listen, reflecting the rural lifestyle she's enjoyed for most of her life. Born in southern Alberta and raised in Calgary, she moved to Vancouver Island as a teenager. She raised her family in the small island community of Sointula and spent her free time writing songs, short stories and slice-of-life narratives. The community choir provided a great opportunity to sing everything from the classic to the comedic and her performances of original music became an appreciated addition to North Island community events, fundraisers and local festivals.
After moving to the Comox Valley in 2003 to pursue educational opportunities she met her husband Bruce Wing. They've been performing together as an acoustic duo since 2005 and are a familiar musical entity here in the Comox Valley. Judy has released three independent recordings; "Pieces of View" in 2002, "Saying Hello Feeling Goodbye" in 2006, and "This Heart This Season" in 2008. Her music is also part of several compilations including the“Jewels of the Island” series. Judy was nominated Female Singer/Songwriter of the Year at the Vancouver Island Music Awards in 2007.
Where were you born?
What’s your sign?
Hmmm....I'd say, the “yield” sign. Okay, I won’t try to sidestep the question. I just want to make sure that you’re not trying to label me, or disregard the uniqueness of my personality by saying I’m just like all those other people born under the sign of Cancer. Because if that’s the case, then I’m not really sure how I feel about that, and I may need more time to think about the best response.
Oldest, middle, youngest, only child?
I was the youngest for seven years, before becoming an unadjusted middle child.
Where is the strangest place you have ever done a gig?
Hmmm… I’d have to say “The Cliffs Over Maple Bay” a planned golf community in Duncan . At the time of our gig it looked like Fred Flintstone’s quarry. We were transported with our equipment via 4X4 to the top of the development where we played on a large free standing railed deck. All afternoon they shuttled their clients of realtors and potential buyers up and down the hill to enjoy a glass of wine, a bite of food and of course the stunning view. A gust of wind nearly took out the tents that were shading us from the hot sun and for a moment it looked like it might become a paragliding experience for the people who were trying to save them.
What’s the best part of being involved with Voices Three?
We enjoy a lot of laughs together, and a weekly ritual of enjoying each other's cooking (or favourite take out). Most of the banter that the audience gets to enjoy comes from the friendship that we've developed over time. The shared stage feels very comfortable and we get to do what we love and have it benefit the community.
What famous musician/group would you say has most influenced your music?
As a teen and young songwriter my favourite female artists were Carol King, Christine McVie and Carly Simon. I loved the harmonies of Simon and Garfunkle, the BeeGees ABBA and the Eagles. A few years ago a friend introduced me to the late Eva Cassidy’s music and it set a mental standard of what it sounds like when someone connects their soul with their voice.
What is your favourite instrument?
I love the sound of the cello and the harp, however I'd have to say that the versatility of the guitar makes it my favourite.
Why do you write songs?
Songwriting combines language and music which to me are both portable toy boxes. Some of the songs have helped me to work through my own feelings about different issues and turn painful experiences into more positive expressions. A well-written song can be deeply personal to the writer, yet still allow for a more subjective interpretation.
What is your favourite pizza topping?
The cheese. What other toppings are there?
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Hmmm… definitely older, hopefully wiser, happily enjoying married life, gainfully self-employed, with a few more musical projects completed.
What is the most unusual thing(s) you have done?
I guess denial isn't all that unusual... I did crawl back into the bunk to go to sleep during a sinking boat adventure.
What(or who LOL) would you do differently if you had the chance? That home perm in 1979.
What is your favourite food?
Why do I have to choose just one? Bread. No, cheese. No... bread. Cheese.
What is your favourite form of relaxation?
I'm more of a doer more than an un-doer. I enjoy learning something new or puttering on a project.
Do you have any phobias?
I'm not big on rodents unless they're the animated kind.
What's your favorite CD lately?
Depends on the activity…Karla Anderson's Embassy Sessions, Amelia Curran's "Lullabies for Barflies" and Amos Lee's "Supply and Demand."
What's under your bed?
Usually cats or slippers.
What's your dream vacation?
A 3 month completely funded uncharted North American road trip.
What is your favorite quote?
My personal motto: “It’s only bait if you bite it."
Favourite television character?
The wonderfully demonstrative Elaine from Seinfeld, but I can’t tell you why right now. (It’s in the vault.)