Judy Torres

Judy Torres, often referred to as the “Queen of Freestyle,” is a Puerto Rican singer freestyle music artists who has outlasted many of her counterparts.

Early Life and Career

Growing up in The Bronx, and attending Aquinas High School, an all-girls Catholic high school, she was the eldest of five siblings. Judy was discovered at a nightclub in the Bronx where she met her first manager, George Vascones who introduced her to music producer Mickey Garcia. She scored major club hits with songs like “Please Stay Tonight”, “Come Into My Arms”, “Love Story”, “I Love You, Will You Love Me” and “No Reason To Cry” a love-themed freestyle classic. Her debut album, Love Story, released in 1989 on Profile Records, is a freestyle collection essential. Her second album My Soul was released in 1992 and received good to rave reviews by critics and fans alike. The album features such hits as attitudized song “Every Little Lie” which tell a tale of an unfaithful man who instead of ending the relationship amicablely, decides to lead her on. Then she confronts him about it. The single “I Love You For All Seasons” became another favourite.

Torres has a Sunday-night Freestyle show on New York’s popular radio station, WKTU 103.5.

In 2001, Torres scored a major club hit with the sentimental love song, “Back In Your Arms Again”. It peaked at #7 on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, her highest charting single yet. It was also featured in an excellent remix version on the popular compilation series, White Party. In 2004, she released her debut single on the wildly successful label, Robbins Entertainment, titled “The Air I Breathe” featuring Freestyle artist, Collage. “The Air I Breathe” is a Hi-NRG song produced by famed A-List producer, Tony Moran. The single proformed modestly on the charts, making the Top 40 of the Hot Dance Music/Club Play, peaking about #30. In late 2005, Judy released the single “Faithfully”. The song immediately began to receive heavy airplay at dance stations throughout the nation. The song is a cover of a 1983 hit by the band Journey. The single soon peaked at #1 as one of the most requested songs on WKTU. It peaked at #1 on the station’s Top 8 at 8:00 PM show for more than 5 weeks altogether. Other Rhythmic/Dance format radio stations in the U.S., soon added the popular single from New York to their playlists. The CD-single for “Faithfully” peaked at #8 on the Hot Dance Singles Sales chart.[citation needed] In August 2007, Torres returned to her Freestyle music roots with the single, “I Don’t.” The song is a cover of Danielle Peck’s Top 30 country hit written by Clay Mills/Peck/Burton Collins. In November 2008, Judy released “Hell No”, an anthem for abused women.

Discography

* Love Story – 1989, Profile Records
* My Soul – 1992, Profile Records
* Greatest Hits – 2002, Empire Musicwerks

Singles

* “No Reason To Cry”
* “Come Into My Arms”
* “Love Story”
* “I Love You, Will You Love Me”
* “Please Stay Tonight”
* “I Love You For All Seasons”
* “Every Little Lie”
* “Back In Your Arms Again”
* “The Air I Breathe”
* “Faithfully”
* “I Don’t”
* “Hell No”

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