Growing up, I had at least 14 bouts with bronchial pneumonia until the doctor finally recommended that I needed to develop my lung capacity by either swimming or singing.
I had already had 8 years of piano lessons, so it was natural that at 13, I began singing lessons. I was always fascinated by nature and would hear music, sound and rhythm in everything. Both of my voice teachers, Eileen Higgin and Bernard Diamant, had a profound influence on my life.
You’ve heard the saying, “When the student is ready, the teacher appears”. Step by step I have been led to awesome teachers: incredible singing, drama and speaking coaches, parents, family, children, friends and pets, my fellow actors and musicians and my guides, who are always with me.
My first elocution teacher was my grandmother, Laura B. Armstrong. Her impact on my life is far reaching. She would never let me say ‘um’ or ‘ah’ when I was talking. If I did, she would say, “Pardon?” She taught me that it’s OK to think in silence instead. Even to this day if an ‘um’ happens to pop in to my conversation, I still hear her voice loud and clear saying, “Pardon”. I smile, silently thank her and breathe instead.
The instructors at the National Theater School were instrumental in teaching me how to project and place my voice in the resonance cavities. I continue to use these techniques in my work with healing and sound.
The late Rev. Wendy Douglas was our spiritual guide for 30 years and she married my husband, Tink Robinson, and me. She taught us to always be true to the I AM within. I have embraced this wisdom into my everyday life and write about this in many of my songs.
Studying Psychology of Vision® with Dr. Chuck Spezzano and Rhonda Johnson was life changing for me. During these workshops, I learned to rise above the walls of fear and remove whatever was blocking me from living my spiritual brilliance. I saw the reflection of myself in others and I began writing songs to help their healing process as well. Now singing and songwriting is an integral part of me, as close to me as breathing.
Biography of Judy Armstrong
An accomplished; Singer, Actress, Songwriter, Speaker and a ... Granny?
In her professional theatrical career, Judy Armstrong, B.Mus., N.T.S., is a gifted and versatile artist who has inspired thousands of people from around the world. Her credits which number over 3000 presentations range from television, including special guest appearances with the late Danny Kaye (CBS-TV, Hollywood) and featured performances on CBC-TV Specials (such as, Wayne and Shuster, Music Canada Series, Christmas Specials), to dinner theaters, concert stage and world-class conventions.
Judy Armstrong's dynamic and versatile gifts don't stop at an accomplished Singer, Songwriter or Actress. As an engaging Keynote Speaker, Judy has presented energizing and inspirational talks throughout Canada, USA and Aruba. She is a national member of CAPS (Canadian Association of Professional Speakers), NSA (National Speakers Association) and GSF (Global Speakers Federation). Judy was awarded the Brian Lee, C.S.P., CAPS Presentation Mastery Award for speaking excellence.
With her unique Musical Keynotes in "concert style", Judy combines her professional career in theater, music and national television, with her work in Psychology of Vision® to deliver energizing messages. Judy’s experience in Psychology of Vision® has been with founder, Dr. Chuck Spezzano of Hawaii. With a profound understanding of the transformational process, she helps people remove the blocks which prevent them from realizing and expressing their unlimited potential.
Judy’s work with sound, healing, global peace and harmonizing the emotional, physical and spiritual well-being of the whole person has led her to compose, produce and perform six unique recordings. Judy’s solo recordings are: LET YOUR HEART SING, INSIDE OF ME, FLYING FREE (Gentle Gifts for the Child), TIME TO SHINE and SING ALL the WAY HOME, Volume 1, which is a 45-song songbook and MP3 combined. Judy's music is being broadcast in 20 countries worldwide.
For her sixth record, KIDS (for all ages), Judy collaborated with her husband, Tink Robinson, to write, perform and record the fun-filled, entertaining songs. As well as singing the music from KIDS to work with children, Tink and Judy use the songs to bring out the playfulness in adults. Judy also works with her husband in writing music, performing, recording, keynote speaking, coaching and facilitating workshops.
Tink and Judy were highly regarded for their popular theatrical shows in Heritage Fort Steele, BC, Canada where, for 13 summer seasons until 1989, they produced, wrote, directed and performed at the Wild Horse Theater. Audiences loved listening to Judy sing and then watch her transform from her beautiful 1890’s gown to play the outrageously funny old ‘Granny’, a character she created at the Fort and which she often uses in her work to help people laugh at themselves.
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Judy as "Maria" in SOUND OF MUSIC
Lorraine Butler & Judy Armstrong
Judy as “Kate” in KISS ME KATE
Some of Judy’s character roles; there’s a joker in every crowd …
Judy Armstrong as "Granny" and husband, performer, Tink Robinson, as "Underarm Tom"
Judy as "Granny" and Tink as "Underarm Tom" with their cast at Fort
Steele, BC, (Back Row, L to R) Glen Stevens, Rex Downey,
Lorraine Butler, Shirley Milliner, Joey Hollingsworth, Gary Dalton
Denise Fergussen as "Adelaide" and Judy Armstrong as "Sarah"in GUYS & DOLLS, Manitoba Theater Center