"I walked into the funeral home and as her father hugged me, he whispered, 'You’ll never know what your work with my daughter has meant to me.' My experience of helping this wonderful child and her amazing family was the defining moment of my journey as a music therapist and musician. Never before had the healing and transformative power of music been so clear. It’s memories like this that inspire me as an artist to share my music with others..."
- Ryan Judd
Billboard Top Ten Charting Album (September 2018 to present)
Winner of ZMR music award for Best Instrumental Acoustic Album of 2018
Top-10 ranking on ZMR radio chart (December 2018 to present)
Top-10 ranking on Amazon's list of Best Selling New Age Relaxation albums (November 2018 to present)
Top-10 ranking on Amazon's list of Best Selling New Age Meditation albums (November 2018 to present)
Review by Steve Sheppard of One World Music Radio
The art of acoustic is now upon us and a finer and classier collection of soothing compositions you are unlikely to find. Judd has created something reflective, poignant and emotive here on the guitar for us all to dream within for a short while.
An Open Sky is a pleasure to listen too, the melding of tone between Cello and Guitar is sublime, each composition is created with care and attention to detail, but also with a true honesty and a loving sense of compassion. An Open Sky is a beautiful album that will not only speak to your heart, but to your very soul itself and as such, this release should be an album that features in everyone’s musical playlist as soon as possible, you can never have enough beauty in your life.
Review by Kathy Parsons of Mainly Piano
Ryan Judd’s An Open Sky is an incredibly soothing and relaxing album of ten original duets (composed by Judd) for finger-style acoustic guitar and cello - a combination you don’t see (or hear!) very often. Judd is also a board-certified music therapist who specializes in helping children with special needs, and the music for this album was inspired by the healing work he did with a young girl with brain cancer. Not surprisingly, there is a wide range of emotions expressed in the music, but overall, the album is quiet, reflective and very beautiful. Strongly influenced by the late guitarist Michael Hedges, Judd has spent decades dedicating himself to mastering finger-style guitar and creating his own unique style as a performer and composer. The cellist on the album is Kristen Miller, a very accomplished and versatile artist in her own right.
An Open Sky begins with “Looking Back,” a very contemplative piece that clearly demonstrates how effective the quiet simplicity of plucked and strummed guitar strings is when combined with the bowed strings of the cello. Deeply emotional and very expressively played, it’s a gorgeous beginning! If possible, “The Embrace” is even more poignant - especially when thinking about a sweet child (and her parents) dealing with such a devastating illness as brain cancer. The title track is exceptionally peaceful and I think the contrasting plucked and bowed strings are at their most evocative best in this piece. As its title suggests, “Weightless” floats effortlessly on air as it wraps the listener in warm, comforting sounds. “Spanish Sunrise” is a favorite with its warmth and tranquility as well as the suggestion of the sky’s pastel colors at dawn. On “Her Beauty Shines Through,” Miller goes into the deep bass of the cello to create a velvety backdrop for the guitar’s tender melody - also a favorite. “Under the Willow Tree” feels very much like sitting under a big tree on a warm spring day, just enjoying the sunshine and the sounds of nearby birds. “Winter Harbor” expresses a melancholy poignance that comes straight from the heart - a gentle closing to a beautiful album.
Review by Amity Hereweard of Chalked Up Reviews
An Open Sky is Judd’s latest acoustic guitar album that features ten original compositions by Judd performed on a nylon string guitar. The music is beautiful, serene and has a calming mood throughout the album. Judd’s tunes still have energy even though they are relaxing, and you will find yourself enjoying his music. On An Open Sky, Judd has added the rich sounds of the cello to his compositions. Judd’s delicate and elegant finger-style guitar playing supports the soaring melodies of the cello to produce a truly unique sound that is heartfelt and reflective. A soothing timbre softly calms the mind, and soothes the body.
Review by Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck of New Age Music Reviews
"With the exquisite cello playing of Kristen Miller to accompany him, the album offers 10 tracks of acoustic bliss...
If the instruments are played well and the arrangements are right for the particular instruments it can work very well. In this case, it certainly turns out that way as this duo combine to create some heavenly sounds...
Thanks to more and more people like Ryan Judd and recordings like An Open Sky I have evolved as a listener and spiritually. I am amazed at the power music holds for any listener. There is a lot of thought and effort that goes into making music so important to so many people. So, I say with all of my heart and soul, thank you, Ryan, for what you do for people and helping to make me a better person by listening to your music and reading your story."