Song Premiere: Judith Owen - One In A Million

| 2/5/2014 4:07:00 PM

Judith Owen

Utne Reader is proud to premiere the song "One In A Million" by Welsh singer-songwriter Judith Owen. On her latest album Ebb and Flow, Owens celebrates the 1970s troubadour sound with a backing band comprised of players that were on the landmark albums from the era including those by Carole King, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell and Jackson Browne.

Owen is married to actor and humorist Harry Shearer, and in addition to her solo work, she has for many years been Richard Thompson’s female foil of choice. Both have appeared on each other's albums and Owen played a leading collaborative part in Thompson's projects 1000 Years Of Popular Music and Cabaret of Souls

What is the story behind "One In A Million"? What was the writing process behind this song?

It's a "Grass is Always Greener" song, based upon a conversation I once had with a friend whose disappointments and self-loathing barred her from seeing her own remarkable strengths and achievements. Hearing her talk not only made me outraged on her behalf, but allowed me to see how similarly I'd viewed myself and my own life to date.

Simply put, it's a plea for us all not to judge ourselves by how others seem to be doing, but on who we are as individuals. Like many of my songs it's about finding compassion through the shared experience. It's an uplifting and cathartic message and musically, that's the anthemic feeling I wanted when writing it.

3/8/2014 9:41:09 PM

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