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Judy Akin: Bio: Music&Nursing

Judy Akin: Music

 

New CD (2013) Timeless - Music CD
Timeless is a collaboration of many talents and legends within the music industry including Dan Wallin, Patrick Woodland, Max Bennett, Karen Hammack, Matt Fronke, Chuck Berghofer, George Doering, Greg Vail, Ralph Humphrey, Rob Whitlock, Mike Miller, Joey Heredia, Gary Meek, Richard Bredice, and Michael Aarvold. We recorded at Oceanway Studios, Hollywood and mixed at Capitol Records (Studio A), Hollywood.
Please visit my "Musicians & Engineers" page to review and learn more about the amazing individuals who made this CD possible! A few missing links will be added soon! Timeless is now available for purchase from CDBaby - downloads will be available soon, so come back and visit!
I would enjoy hearing from you, so please send me a message about the music or write a brief review on CDBaby. I'm thrilled to finally share the finished CD with my dear family, friends, and fans! With love, Judy

New CD (2013) Timeless - Music CD "Timeless" is a collaboration of many talents and legends within the music industry including Dan Wallin, Patrick Woodland, Max Bennett, Karen Hammack, Matt Fronke, Chuck Berghofer, George Doering, Greg Vail, Ralph Humphrey, Rob Whitlock, Mike Miller, Joey Heredia, Gary Meek, Richard Bredice, and Michael Aarvold. We recorded at Oceanway Studios, Hollywood and mixed at Capitol Records (Studio A), Hollywood. Please visit my "Musicians & Engineers" page to review and learn more about the amazing individuals who made this CD possible! A few missing links will be added soon! Timeless is now available for purchase from CDBaby - downloads will be available soon, so come back and visit! I would enjoy hearing from you, so please send me a message about the music or write a brief review on CDBaby. I'm thrilled to finally share the finished CD with my dear family, friends, and fans! With love, Judy

 

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JUDY AKIN has recorded and performed with some of the most talented artists in the industry including multi‐platinum producer/songwriter Steven McClintock and Grammy award winning engineer, Casey Wood. Her first debut CD "MORE THAN YOU KNOW" hit the Internet market worldwide. Requests for her CD have included both National and International distribution.

JUDY AKIN has also headlined for two sold out performances at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts on May 9th 2007 and again on October 23rd 2007. Her voice has been praised as "pure and affecting" by the Orange County Register, while fan reviews on music download markets continue to describe her singing delivery as "smooth, sensual, and warm."

Judy's holiday CD "JUDY AKIN ‐ SEASONED" sold out during the first run within four weeks of delivery, was Number #1 with NashvilleIM.com for over 3 months, and was Number #1 among the top 10 seller lists for music downloads on Airplay Access.

National radio results displayed Judy climbing the charts rapidly among the biggest names in the industry with “CHRISTMAS NEEDS LOVE TO BE CHRISTMAS” at:

• Number #13 on AC/Hot AC Main Chart

• Number #20 on HOT 100

• Number #9 on Emusic PowerCharts

Another song from her “SEASONED” CD called “ONE PERFECT CHRISTMAS” played on KOST 103.5

Cashbox Magazine, Inc., reviewed "Seasoned" as follows, "Judy Akin has put together a perfect little collection of smooth and easy songs for the Holidays. Her voice is warm inviting and controlled and in a range that is very similar to the wonderful Karen Carpenter. It is going to be difficult to find a more perfect Christmas CD this year that is going to be as warm as a hickory fire in your own fireplace."

One of her fans wrote in her online guestbook, ".... finally a fresh, clear voice to sing our holiday favorites, new songs too. Someone we can watch-for, look-at, and listen-to. A/W."

We want to thank these incredible, legendary musicians for their talents! John Hobbs: Acoustic Piano, Rhodes Paul Leim: Drums and Percussion Larry Paxton: Acoustic Bass, Electric Bass John Willis: Acoustic and Electric Guitar Kerry Marxs: Acoustic and Electric Guitar Grammy award winning engineer, Casey Wood Sara Andon: Flute Billy Martin: Tenor Saxophone Mitch Manker: Flugelhorn Don French: Keyboards and Strings

Judy also had the pleasure of working with some very gifted individuals in music production recording/performance:

*Pat Woodland A television film composer and producer, Pat was a weekly songwriter for the hit NBC television series Profiler and the hit HBO series Sex and the City.

*Richard Bredice A Columbia records recording artist, Richard has worked along side some of the best-known names in the industry. He has worked/toured with Peter Gabriel and Keith Richard of the Rolling Stones as an equipment consultant. Mixed Tim Moyer's album Out of the Blue.

*Karen Hammack Recorded and/or performed with Melissa Manchester, Tim Weisberg, Niki Harris & Scott Colley.

*Matthew Von Doran Recorded and/or performed with Scott Wilkie, Tim Moyer & Don Miller Orchestra (Seinfeld).

*Roberto Vally Recorded and/or performed with Al Jarreau, Patty Austin & Spyro Gyra.

*Paul Kreibich Recorded and/or performed with Herb Geller, Bill Perkins (Tonight Show) & Charlie Shoemake (Nelson Riddle & Quincy Jones).

*Doug Webb Recorded and/or performed with Rod Stewart, Stanley Clarke, Doc Severinsen & Bobby Caldwell.

Music Background:

Both of her parents were actively involved in music productions and the ongoing cultivation of musical arts in Southern California. Her father, Kenneth (Kenny) Akin, managed his own studio on voice and dramatics, while producing and directing musical productions in Orange County. In Opera ("Madame Butterfly" "La Traviata" "Pagliacci" & many more) & Light Opera ("Kismet" "Chocolate Soldier" "Oklahoma" & many more) Kenny portrayed the lead tenor roles in numerous productions from Los Angeles to San Bernadino County. But, he had a vision for Orange County!!

Known as "Mr. Music of Orange County" Kenny Akin also toured throughout Europe to get a first hand report of theatre activities in an effort to help stimulate more music culture in Orange County. Unfortunately, he passed away before he ever saw the fruits of his vision or inspiration for a performing and cultural arts center...we now have today.

Judy grew up with the legacy that her father left behind and always lived with the spirit of music in her soul. From the early age of 4, she has enjoyed being involved with various musical productions, stage presentations, civic theater productions, studio projects, T.V. and radio.

For over 30 years, she has continued her love of music through performing as lead vocalist for live jazz ensembles, "cover" bands and "Big Bands" throughout Orange County & LA.

She has performed in many productions for No Square Theatre in Laguna Beach in various roles including “Phyllis” in Follies, “Ella” in Anne Warbucks “Sweet Charity” “Rogers with Hart” concert: Songs of Richard Rogers and Lorenz Hart” “The World Goes Round” concert: Songs of Kender and Ebb” “Best of Bette” concert: Bette Midler hits "Country Radio Show WHIK" concert: singing as Patsy Cline. She has also been a co-writer for comedic parodies and performed in many shows for the “Lagunatics” productions.

Judy has also been a featured guest on "OC Now Talk Radio" with TV/Radio Host & Columnist, Cherri Farah 88.9FM - as well as local magazines and newspapers:

*Featured on "Eye on OC"
*Appeared in Angelino & Images Magazines
*Featured story in OC Register
*Featured in Laguna Post

Judy continues to perform live for
various concerts, charity events, and venues.

- Dr. Judy Akin Palmer

Nursing/Education Career:

Dr. Judy Akin Palmer (Ph.D, R.N., MSN, PHN, CPSN) Judy has a Ph.D. in Postsecondary Adult Education and a Masters of Science degree in Nursing (MSN) with a focus in Nursing Education. In addition to her California licensure as a Registered Nurse (R.N.) and certification as a Public Health Nurse (PHN), she is also licensed by the California State Board of Cosmetology and specializes in corrective makeup techniques for plastic/reconstructive surgery patients. Judy is also a member of the National League for Nursing (NLN), American Nurses Association (ANA), American Nurses Association/California (ANA/C), and Sigma Theta Tau International: Honor Society of Nursing.

Current position: School of Education Specialization Lead: Ph.D. Nursing Education Core Faculty: Nursing Education Capella University Judy serves as the Specialization Lead for the Ph.D. Nursing Education program in the School of Education (SOE) at Capella University. She has been actively involved with nursing faculty and learner support, course revisions, and teaching one of her favorite courses, Advanced Nursing Theory. She also participates during Colloquia as a facilitator and content developer for the PhD Track 1 sessions. Her academic interests include nursing theory, nursing leadership, critical thinking development, theoretical concept mapping, needs assessment, and motivation.

Nursing Background: Judy is an innovative nurse educator and advocate who has been devoted to promoting excellence in nursing and nursing education for over 25 years. Her professional background includes neuroscience, neuro-intensive care, advanced wound care, trauma, orthopedics and general surgery. Judy’s commitment to improving plastic/reconstructive surgery nursing education emerged from her own life-changing experience with skin cancer, which led her to pursue further study and work in the fields of dermatology, dermal chemistry, reconstructive surgery, and advanced wound care. As a Board Certified Plastic Surgery Nurse (CPSN), Judy developed educational guidelines, tools, and strategies to help surgical practices, plastic surgery nurses, and patients work together to achieve better outcomes. It is her professional opinion that plastic surgery should be recognized as serious surgery and requires proper education. For several years, she has presented seminars on the risks, benefits, safety, and ethical issues of plastic surgery to communities in Southern California and has provided numerous presentations to nursing students about the rewarding, diverse, and exciting field of plastic surgery nursing. Judy was the West Region Director for the American Society of Plastic Surgery Nurses (ASPSN), Chair of the Clinical Practice Committee (ASPSN), and Chair of the Southern California Chapter (ASPSN).

Over the past several years, she has been writing articles for the Plastic Surgery Nursing Journal (PSN) and is a featured presenter at the ASPSN Annual Meeting, speaking on subjects ranging from controversial plastic surgery topics in the media, current trends in plastic surgery nursing research, plastic surgery nursing roles, and many issues related to safety and ethics. Judy and Sharon Fritzsche, were instrumental and influential in establishing plastic surgery nursing as a specific nursing specialty. They are the authors of “Plastic Surgery Nursing: Scope & Standards of Practice” that was approved and recognized by the American Nursing Association (ANA), Congress of Nursing, and House of Delegates as a nursing specialty. The book was published in 2005 by the ANA and includes the Plastic Surgery Scope of Practice Statement, Plastic Surgery Nursing Standards, and Standards of Practice and Professional Performance.

Judy has been a presenter for Nationwide Satellite Media Tours to discuss “Plastic Surgery Issues: Patient Education” for National Television and Radio Morning News programs:

Television Media – Morning News Stations: 

Station: WPVI – ABC: Philadelphia, PA

Station: KFTY – Cable: San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose, CA

Station: KRIV – FOX: Houston, TX

Station: WCCO – CBS: Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN

Station: KCCW – CBS: Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN

Station: KCCO – CBS: Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN

Station: WITI – FOX: Milwaukee, WI

Station: WGHP – FOX: Greensboro, NC

Station: KTBC – FOX: Austin, TX

Station: KJRH – NBC: Tulsa, OK

Station: KJRH – NBC: Tulsa, OK

Station: WAND – ABC: Champaign, IL

Station: WSJV – FOX: South Bend-Elkhart, IN

Station: WTVW – FOX: Evansville, IN

Station: KVIQ – CBS: Eureka, CA

 

Radio Media – Morning News Radio

Station: WSPL-AM: Chicago, IL

Station: WFMD-AM: Washington DC / Baltimore

Station: WOHI-AM: Pittsburgh, PA