Paradox Playground has great stories to tell. In a world where adversity knows no limits, Paradox Playground crafts songs that celebrate the human spirit. Their songs blend infectious pop with splashes of techno with results that are both contemporary and timeless. They write dance music infused with rock and classical influences with some pop ballads. There are uplifting, inspirational story songs, fantasy excursions, and songs raising philosophical questions. You may hear a unique and beautiful blend of Lady Gaga, Madonna, Cascada, September, Kylie Minogue combined with Kelly Clarkson and Sarah McLachlan. Through the international impact of internet radio, they have fans in 33 countries.
Judy was a grand prize winner in the San Diego Songwriters Guild competition, has won three Billboard Song Contest achievement awards, two UniSong International Song Contest achievement awards, and was named a "Highly Commended Artist" in the Windrift Songwriting Contest. The Southern California transplant has come a long way since growing up in the Bronx. Her previous band, Aerial Au, performed at clubs in New York City like The Bitter End, Le Bar Bat, The Baggot Inn, The Elbow Room, Lion's Den, DownTime and Spiral. Her move to the West Coast resulted in meeting her creative partner, Jim Beggs, who, coincidentally, is a native New Yorker himself.
In addition to providing the musical backbone for Judy's vocals, Jim also is a living testament to the duo's illuminating perspective. An Air Force veteran and cancer survivor who runs thousands of stairs as part of his workout regime, Jim is a best-selling author with two inspirational books to his credit - and he applies that same spirit to Paradox Playground. He is a classically-trained pianist, was the keyboardist for a full-time touring regional rock band, and wrote all the songs and instrumental music for "The Brain Game," a play that helps parents learn techniques to assist early brain development in their children.
Independent of each other, Judy Calem and Jim Beggs have great stories - together, as Paradox Playground, they translate those stories into great songs.
Please check out our YouTube videos!
The Best Is Yet To Come
Most Loyal Friend (Dog Rescue Song)
SOMEDAY about escaping domestic violence (and finding your inner peaceful warrior)
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- Has received nationwide commercial radio airplay for her song "Journey On", as well as top-10 recognition on both Billboard Talent Net/Broadband Talent's Top Ten Favorite Artist Picks and JavaMusic.com's Top 40.
- Won a Grand Prize in the San Diego Songwriters' Guild Song Competition for her song "A Lot".
- Has won three Billboard Song Contest Achievement Awards and two UniSong International Song Contest Achievement Awards.
- Named a Windrift Songwriting Contest Highly Commended Artist for "A Lot".
"Her radio friendly AC Pop tunes will have you hooked after one listening." (WLIU Radio)
"Once in a rare while I find an artist who so catches my ear and impresses me...." (JavaMusic.com)
"She has the look and a powerful voice that expresses deep felt emotions." (MusicDish.com)
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