You Are My Sunshine | JudyGriffithRenaud

Open uri20181115 25505 914out
Track number:
Liner notes

You Are My Sunshine was written by country & gospel singer, Jimmie Davis. This minor, bluesy version of the song was first done by Mose Allison. First time I heard it done this way, I was knocked out. Glad I finally got the chance to put my spin on it.

"Judy Renaud has waited a long while to deliver this gift to lovers of great music (mostly by virtue of her dedication to family), but as you'll soon learn, her timing is sublime. Properly assaying these songs demands a depth of feeling that is unattainable without a lifetime of leading with one's heart, and – lucky for us – this is precisely how she has lived. So much has been written about most of these songs, that's there's nothing for me contribute here; what I will say, is that in my years of enjoying her work in various musical venues, I've never once heard Judy make an ill-advised choice in either her material, or the way she conveys it, and this recording is no exception. Her accompanist (and musical kindred spirit) Eddie Tobin, orchestrates as he goes; putting his consummate pianistic skill, marvelous harmonic sense, and constant good taste in the service of his duo partner and her nicely diverse repertoire, resulting in a reading of the tunes which says true to the intent of the lyricists and the composers at once. Judy Renaud is immersed in the catalog from which these titles are drawn and hopefully, lots more people can now be lifted by the expressive and touching vocal stylings which Judy brings to all these great songs; most likely, they'll wind up being beloved by them as they obviously are by her!"
David Pruyn, Music Director at The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra

© License

About the artist

Singing has always been a passion since I was very young. After forty years in the corporate world acting as an office manager, I resumed my career as a professional vocalist in my early 50's. For the past twenty-five years I have worked in various venues from San Francisco and Sacramento in California to Charlotte in North Carolina, and in Ft. Lauderdale and Sarasota in Florida.

I've always enjoyed the intimate club venues and the camaraderie of the local and out-of-town people I meet on a weekly basis. These are the folks that keep me going, that make me want to show up every night. They listen, they hear, and then they want to take the music home with them.

In 2015 I stretched out and studied theory and composition. That led to desire to record some of my favorite songs over the years, as well as my own songs as a legacy to who I am and what I have to offer. At 77 I am still performing and loving it more every day. Life is good when you create and live your own dream.


You are my sunshine, My only sunshine
You make me happy when skies are gray
You'll never know dear, how much I love you
Please don't take my sunshine away.

The other night dear as I lay sleeping
I dreamt I held you in my arms
When I awoke, I was mistaken
So I hung my head and I cried.

You are my sunshine, my only sunshine
Make me happy when skies are gray
You'll never know dear - How much I love you
Please don't take, don't take my sunshine away