Former Idol Refuses to Stay Idle: Judd Sings “Take Me Down”

With a Jack Johnson/Ed Sheeran vibe that’s decidedly pop, decidedly carefree, and decidedly well-crafted, former American Idol contestant Judd Harris’s “Take Me Down” is islandy pop perfection. Fans of pop music, Mai Tais, and rolling up their pants so they can put their feet in the ocean water are going to soak up every note of the latest single from Harris like a sponge. It’s no surprise that Harris was able to lock down help from producer David Schoenwetter (Norah Jones, Rufus Wainwright, Death Cab for Cutie), engineer Randy Merrill (Taylor Swift, Harry Styles, Adele), and legendary session musician Leo Abrahams (Brian Eno, Harry Styles, Regina Spektor) to record the Caribbean inspired The Beach EP when you hear the songs he crafted for the EP, beginning with this lead track and first single.

This song sets the listener off on a 4 song cruise through the islands, free of worries and stresses. The perfect poolside record, the only real complaint is that the EP is only 4 songs long… but there’s nothing wrong with playing the tracks on repeat, so that complaint really doesn’t register too high. And, with Summer only a few weeks away, there’s no better time to dive into “Take Me Down” and sample what The Beach EP has in store.

Take in the music video (above) and let your Summer begin with a perfect sunny weather pop song while you anxiously await the rest of the beautiful, carefee, Caribbean rum soaked EP.

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