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A native Nashvillian, Judy Harris began her career on Music Row at ASCAP, where she was executive secretary to writer/publisher rep Charlie Monk. Charlie and Judy left ASCAP in 1977 to re-open April/Blackwood Music (then a division of CBS, and later named CBS Songs). Earl Thomas Conley, Keith Stegall, Dottie West, Jim McBride and Guy Clark were just a few of the many writers signed to the company. Judy left CBS Songs in 1986 to launch her first independent publishing company and scored several #1 records, including George Strait's "What's Going on in Your World," ASCAP's Song of the Year in 1991. She also secured a record deal for writer Mark Collie. Taking Mark with her, Judy entered into a co-venture with BMG Songs, garnering cuts by Shenandoah, Linda Davis and Pam Tillis, among others. After three years she departed to again own an independent publishing company. Two of her biggest hits were the Grammy-nominated "Did I Shave My Legs for This?" by Deana Carter and "Come Some Rainy Day" by Wynonna. She also published a song on the multi-platinum Blue album by LeAnn Rimes. Following a personal tragedy, Judy took a brief break, but in 2003 re-opened her company, Judy Harris Music.
She has secured album cuts with Craig Morgan, John Michael Montgomery and Montgomery Gentry, to name a few, and enjoyed #1 singles with "Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off," a BMI Million-Air Award winner by Joe Nichols, and "Back When I Knew It All" by Montgomery Gentry. She is the co-founder of Chicks with Hits - a renowned female pitch group catering to artists and producers - and a co-founder of SOURCE.