J. W. Cudd

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Musical artist

J.W. Cudd is an American singer, songwriter, actor, artist, and entrepreneur.[1] He is best known for his single "Boomerang." Originally from Corpus Christi, Texas, Cudd attained prominence after having success on the Texas Music and European Country Music Association Charts.[2] Cudd is known for his strong social media presence, having been fan-voted in to play shows with the Zac Brown Band, Little Big Town, and more.[3][4]


Cudd began his career at age fifteen, garnering attention from Texas music, country music, and European radio stations.[2][5] His first wide release, "Let's Put Our Hearts Together" charted on the Texas Music Charts at #26, making Cudd the "Youngest Charted Artist" in Texas Music.[6][2] Cudd went on to release his follow-up single, "Gold Digger's Dream"; although, the song did not gain much attention in the US, it charted internationally at #17 in the European Country Music Association.[7][2]

In 2014, Cudd began work on a new release: "Open Your Heart".[8] The song was inspired by the loss of a close friend, Michelle Liedke, who died from complications during a medical procedure.[8] In an interview, Cudd stated that the lyrics and melody came to him in a dream.[5] Multi-platinum record producer, Andrew Lane, produced the song—helping to rebrand the singer/songwriter as a pop artist. During this time, Cudd shot a music video and launched a campaign for the song containing more than fifty celebrities showing their support for the American Heart Association.[9] Some of these individuals include Bella Thorne, Micah Hauptman, Grace Victoria Cox, Linc Hand, and more.[10] The song and campaign were released on February 2, 2015 after being approved as a fundraiser for the American Heart Association,[11] and the music video was debuted a few weeks later on Extra with Mario Lopez. Radio promotion and a small tour quickly followed the release,[1] kicking off at the Las Vegas Heart Ball (Four Seasons Hotel) on April 11, 2015.[12]

Subsequently, in 2014, Cudd began filming Listen the movie; in which, he plays a high school wrestler.[1] The film is centered around a group of conflicted youths and adults struggling for personal connections who are united by self-destruction, tragedy and redemption.[13][14] The movie was filmed in Manteca, California.[15] In 2015 and 2016, Cudd and the cast/crew of Listen went on a promotional tour of pre-screenings.[13][1] Cudd stated, "With the camaraderie of the director, producers, and cast, we were able to not only attend and promote the screenings, but also connect with everyone who had a chance to see the film before it hits theatres. That was the best part; we got to actually meet people who were affected by the film."[1]

On September 8, 2016 Cudd released the single, "Boomerang". Having solely written the track, Cudd co-produced the record with Andrew Lane.[16] In addition to the song, Cudd directed and produced the music video[17][18] which was later released on October 13, 2016 for a world premiere on Baeble Music.[19] Cudd's most vulnerable track to date,[18] Cudd claimed (in an interview with Gas Mask Magazine) that he again received the song from a metaphysical realm stating, "At four AM, I heard singing, and here we are."[1]

On October 31, 2017 Top-40Charts.com was the first to report of Cudd's latest music video "Halfway to Hell." The video is said to be in pre-production and contains a plot line regarding a bad romance.[20]

On November 21, 2018 Cudd's official social media pages announced new music to be released in 2019.[21]


In 2011, Cudd opened 107, a creative house encompassing social media branding, graphic design, and custom creative projects.[22] The company acts as a full-service creative house providing creative content, strategy, and marketing for feature films, artists, lifestyle brands, and more. Clients and brands 107 has worked with include: American Horror Story, HBO's Insecure, the American Heart Association, Gold’s Gym, Costco, AOL, MSN, and more.[23]

In 2016, Cudd stated 107 will be expanding its reach into the production world, developing long and short form media.[24] It was noted on IMDb that 107’s production element lifted off in 2017 through music videos, movies, and new media projects.[25]

Subsequently, Cudd launched 107’s sister company, Gas Mask Magazine in 2016. The magazine uses the slogan “Be Who You Are” and the logo of a gas mask on a hot pink triangle.[26] The logo was featured as a partnership with Cudd’s music video for “Bommerang” to commemorate the launch of the new company.[27]


On October 29, 2016 Cudd debuted his "Angel Artifacts" collection at Entertainment Weekly's Popfest.[28] The collection included pieces of art composed of thousands of butterflies. Cudd stated, "I wanted to create something that would inspire – something that would make everyone come together. That was the motive behind "Angel Artifacts". The larger pieces contain more than 3,000 butterflies, and after clocking in almost two years of work, I'm excited to unveil this collection to viewers. They were made with light, and I hope people see them for the beauty they resemble."[28]

In a quote from Top40-Charts.com, Cudd stated he'd been painting for several years searching for an artistic style. "I've always been passionate about creating – whether it be singing, songwriting, acting, or various art mediums. Like any musician who has to find their sound, I believe that every painter has to find their style. After eight years of serious soul-searching, I was finally able to unearth what resonated within me."[29]

On September 5, 2017, Cudd debuted a new piece of artwork on the FX show American Horror Story: CULT. Cudd stated, "I couldn't have asked for a better show to debut '8.' It's always been a dream of mine to be on American Horror Story acting, but to have my art there is just as well." When asked about the painting's origin Cudd revealed, "I created this piece years ago when I first moved to Hollywood. It became a gem in my home; a symbol of strength. Consequently, it also became a work I didn't want to let go of. After some passing time, I knew it needed to be shown to the world, and AHS created the perfect opportunity for me."[30]


Year Song Genre Notes/Chart History
N/A "Let's Put Our Hearts Together" Country #26 Texas Music Charts[2][6]
N/A "Gold Digger's Dream" Country #17 European Country Music Association[2]
N/A "With You" Country N/A
2015 "Open Your Heart" Pop American Heart Association Campaign
2016/2017 "Boomerang" Pop N/A


Year Film Role Notes
2012 The Gang Chase Short
2014 Mojo Jojo Danny Short
2014 Divine Harmony & Order Jaxon Short
2014 At the Maple Grove Guitar Player Feature Film
2015 Open Your Heart Himself Music Video
2017 Boomerang Himself Music Video
2017 Listen Cal Feature Film
2018 Halfway to Hell Himself Music Video
Year Film Role Notes
2017 Pick of the Week Xavier 9 Episodes
2017 Listen Up Himself 3 Episodes


Year Award Show
2012 Best Country Artist eWorld Music Awards[2]


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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Masters, Linita (October 26, 2016). "Pop Artist J.W. CUDD Releases New Music Video "Boomerang"". The Hollywood 360. http://thehollywood360.com/pop-artist-j-w-cudd-releases-new-music-video-boomerang/. 
  3. "Hitting the Road with Little Big Town". March 10, 2009. http://blog.eventful.com/2009/03/10/hitting-the-road-with-little-big-town/. Retrieved June 24, 2017. 
  4. "Little Big Town's Fans Select Show Openers". March 5, 2009. http://www.soundslikenashville.se/news/little-big-towns-fans-select-show-openers/. Retrieved June 24, 2017. 
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  8. 8.0 8.1 American Heart Association News (May 13, 2015). "'Open Your Heart' campaign honors lost friend". http://news.heart.org/open-your-heart-campaign-honors-lost-friend/. 
  9. Broadway World (October 25, 2016). "Pop Artist J.W. CUDD Releases New Music Video 'Boomerang'". http://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwmusic/article/Pop-Artist-JW-CUDD-Releases-New-Music-Video-Boomerang-20161025. 
  10. Juryte, Alexandra (February 27, 2015). "People That Matter". Revolution Three Sixty. http://www.revolutionthreesixty.com/2015/02/jw-cudd.html. 
  11. Sciarretto, Amy (February 26, 2015). "Will You Open Your Heart? Check Out J.W. Cudd's Song". Artist Direct. http://www.artistdirect.com/entertainment-news/article/will-you-open-your-heart-check-out-j-w-cudd-s-song/11314357. 
  12. "Valleywide health news, April 9–15, 2015". Las Vegas Review-Journal. April 3, 2015. https://www.reviewjournal.com/life/health/valleywide-health-news-april-9-15-2015/. 
  13. 13.0 13.1 "Preview of 'Listen' set for MHS". Manteca Bulletin. August 21, 2015. http://www.mantecabulletin.com/archives/127266/. 
  14. Cox, Christina (March 14, 2017). "'Listen' film inspires community discussion of mental health". https://signalscv.com/2017/03/14/listen-film-inspires-community-discussion-mental-health/. 
  15. Caravan News (July 21, 2014). "Feature Film Title: "LISTEN" in the San Joaquin Valley". http://www.caravannews.com/News/feature-film-title-listen-in-the-san-joaquin-valley. 
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  18. 18.0 18.1 Papadatos, Markos (January 15, 2017). "Review: J.W. Cudd infectious on new radio single 'Boomerang'". http://www.digitaljournal.com/entertainment/music/review-j-w-cudd-infectious-on-new-radio-single-boomerang/article/483706. Retrieved June 24, 2017. 
  19. Spruch, Kirsten (October 13, 2016). "BAEBLE FIRST PLAY: 'Boomerang' by J.W. Cudd". http://www.baeblemusic.com/musicblog/10-13-2016/baeble-first-play-boomerang-by-jw-cudd.html. 
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  21. "Facebook". Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/JWCUDD/. Retrieved November 21, 2018. 
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  25. https://www.imdb.com/name/nm5618670/
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  28. 28.0 28.1 "J.W. CUDD to Debut Latest Art Collection at Entertainment Weekly's PopFest". October 28, 2016. http://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwmusic/article/JW-CUDD-to-Debut-Latest-Art-Collection-at-Entertainment-Weeklys-PopFest-20161028. Retrieved June 24, 2017. 
  29. "Pop Artist J.W. Cudd Will Debut His Latest Art Collection at Entertainment Weekly's Popfest". October 28, 2016. http://top40-charts.com/news.php?nid=122807&string=Backstreet. Retrieved June 24, 2017. 
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