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Judy Cheeks Returns with an Upbeat Dance Single

Club Music Queen and Goddaughter of Sam Cooke Judy Cheeks Returns with an Upbeat Dance Single Happy and a Fresh Remix

New Remix of Happy By DJ Mikey Gallagher from the Album True Love Is Free
Houston, TX…Singer/Songwriter and author Judy Cheeks is proving herself to be one of the most versatile performers in music worldwide. Returning from semi-retirement after well over a decade, Judy has released the first music video and single "Happy" from her new contemporary gospel album “True Love is Free”. The popular DJ Mikey Gallagher, a resident DJ at Ministry of Sound and Hed Kandi, has put his own spin on “Happy” by making a powerful remix of the song. It has been the number 1, 2, and 4 spot on Mikey’s King of Clubs mix show which is broadcasting all over the USA.

Though best known for dance music hits in the `70s, `80s and `90s such as "Mellow Lovin', "Respect", "As Long As You're Good To Me" and "Reach", Cheeks is finally fully embracing her legacies as the daughter of the legendary gospel singer Reverend Julius Cheeks and the goddaughter of the incomparable Sam Cooke.  It was while writing the book "Love and Honor" about her Father and his gospel quartets, that Cheeks was inspired to return to singing, and specifically, to gospel.  "In my research, I realized all he had gone through in the timeline of his life alongside the history of America.  He was singing about God for people; yet couldn't drive through the South without fearing for his life.  Imagine how much faith he had to possess to follow that calling" Judy reveals.  "Because of my Dad, I was surrounded by gospel and all of the great gospel singers.  Young kids would go to pop concerts.  I got my thrill going to see the Davis Sisters and The Hummingbirds.  That was my grounding."

Released on June 18th, the first single "Happy" is a rousing soul-shoutin' testimony that will get believers on their feet like Mavis Staples moonlighting up in the club!  To appease her worldwide base of club music fans, the song is also being serviced as an Electronic House remix featuring Christian rapper Hopp and rendered by the red hot Jared Gosselin (India.Arie, Corinne Bailey Rae and JOE).

The 10-song album "True Love is Free" is truly a labor of love produced by longtime friend Michael B. Sutton (Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson) who co-composed all of the material in deeply inspired sessions with Cheeks.  The album will be a blessed revelation for longtime fans of the Miami-born singer who got her start working with Ike & Tina Turner in Los Angeles at age 19, followed by background singing for the likes of Dionne Warwick, Stevie Wonder and Donna Summer. 

"Nothing feels better than singing gospel" Judy rejoices.  "When I started working with Mike on "True Love is Free" (slated for summer release), I honestly felt a difference - like going back to the source of my talent, to change the lives of people and heal their spirits through the gift of love.  God is absolute love…like warm honey being poured all over you.  If I don't get that message out I'm going to explode!"

“Happy” is now being worked at radio by The Artist Company at Gospel/Urban Radio and received over 20 BDS adds in the first week alone; including Texas based radio stations The Choice 90.9, 104.5 High Energy Gospel, and Gospel Inspirations on The Bell Network. The single is also being added to the playlist for Mikey Gallagher’s Kings of Clubs Mixshow and House Sound of LA.  Upcoming radio interviews include G.L.O. (God’s Love Only) Radio in early July, New Inspirational Artists, Communicating Our Message! (NIACOM) in August, and Conversations LIVE! Radio. In the press arena, writers were thrilled to hear about Judy’s new single.  Judy has received coverage from the following publications: 5 Magazine (House Music from Chicago), Ejazznews, I4u News, Music & Mp3 News, Contacto Latino News, Wenn.com, and USA Today (Dionne Warwick Topic Page).

"Happy" and "True Love is Free" will be released via Cheeks' Mozan Music. You can watch the brand new video for the first single “Happy” on Youtube and hear the remix on Judy Cheeks’ Soundcloud. “Happy” is now available on iTunes and Amazon.  To learn more, visit JudyCheeks.com.  You can also connect with Judy Cheeks on Facebook

 

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