SOURCE AWARD RECIPIENT
Top Billing, J.P. Newby Management, TappedInto/Streamlogics
Judith Percival-Newby was born in Montreal, Canada. After graduating from University, she helped young singer-songwriters in Toronto's live music scene. This created a passion for promoting and developing talent. In 1975 Judith moved to Nashville with her husband Tom to office manage Chardon, Charley Prides new
management company. For three years she coordinated tour schedules for: Pride and Dave & Sugar. When Chardon moved to Texas, Judith became Vice President of the management/booking company for: Ronnie Milsap, T.G. Sheppard and Mel McDaniel. She also did PR for special events such as "Cowboy" Jack Clement's "When I Dream" video project. In those days it was rare for a female to be Vice President of a personal management company. In 1982 Tandy Rice of Top Billing brought Judith in as Director of Media Promotion and Special Events for such iconic artists as: Tom T. Hall, Jerry Reed, Mel Tillis, Waylon Jennings, and Lorrie Morgan.
In 1986 she started J. P. Newby Management representing Johnny Rodriguez who at the time, was one of country music's most successful artists. She also teamed up with the legendary Duane Eddy during the time that John Fogerty helped Eddy get his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 1987 Don Everly brought Judith on-board to help produce the first 4 years of the "Everly Brothers' Homecoming Music Festival." Phil and Don Everly hosted the shows with John Prine while Judith brought in headliners including: Tammy Wynette, Duane Eddy, Bo Didley, and Chet Atkins, to name just a few.
In 1996 Judith co-founded Tapped Into with Steven Roads and Preston Sullivan. For three years Judith and her partners hosted the Nashville Songwriters booth at the Midem Music Festival in Cannes, France. There Judith connected with David Sterling and Davis Clapp of the GenV organization, resulting in further developmental funding for their proprietary webcasting platform.
In 1999, Newby positioned her team to webcast the entire WTO Free Trade/Fair Trade Seattle, Washington event. No one could have predicted the magnitude of the resulting showdown. The Tapped Into webcast team captured the entire sequence of events for the worldwide audience, tear-gas and all. This was the first ever "news webcast" which was loosely depicted in the Stuart Townsend movie Battle In Seattle. TappedInto soon became an international organization, renamed Streamlogics, and was eventually purchased by Thomson Reuters.