CLEDUS T. JUDD TACKLES PAST ADDICTIONS WITH “KID IN TROUBLE” MUSIC VIDEO
Viral Hit Racks Up Over 1 Million Facebook Views in Seven Days
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Nashville, Tenn. (Sept. 30, 2021) — Multi-platinum selling comedy artist Cledus T. Judd stood in the delivery room with $1,500 worth of cocaine in one pocket and $2,500 in the other. Ten minutes after his daughter was born, he went to the hospital's restroom to celebrate. The singer retrieved his powder, looked at himself in the mirror and had an awakening. Judd realized he loved his daughter more than his addiction and promised God that if he could have a career, he would use his platform and testimony to inspire other addicts.
"Kid in Trouble," (BFD / Orchard Distribution) Judd's new song and accompanying video, fulfills the 17-year-old pledge. Available this Friday, Oct. 1, "Kid in Trouble" is a powerful account of life as an addict's child told from the perspective of a 10-year-old boy.
The video, shot in Judd's home, opens with jarring footage of a man jamming a syringe in his arm as his son gently knocks on the other side of the bathroom door.
It resonated. On Facebook, in less than one week, the video for "Kid in Trouble" accumulated more than 1 million views, 15,000 shares and 1,300 comments from people who relate to the story. Since then, video views swelled to well over 1.3 million. CMT.com officially adds the music video on October 1st, 2021.
Judd sings: But I'm a kid in trouble | Helping Mama with this farm | While Daddy puts the money somewhere halfway up his arm | If I could change everything | I'd do it on the double | But right now I'm just a kid in trouble.
"I told (the people who commented), 'If you were that kid, don't be ashamed, be a role model,'" Judd said. "'Step up. Be proud. Get outside your comfort zone and be a helping hand to that guy or girl who needs it.’"
Judd made a name for himself in country music as one of the genre's best-selling funny men. He co-wrote Gary LeVox's new faith-based single "Working on Sunday," but he built his career on parodies. "If Shania Was Mine" and "Please Take the Girl" were sing-along favorites — an ironic twist given Craig Martin, the songwriter who penned Tim McGraw's original "Don't Take the Girl," also wrote "Kid in Trouble.”
The comedian saw Martin sing "Kid in Trouble" on a livestream and asked permission to rewrite a few lines to make the lyrics reflect his personal journey. Martin agreed but died before the men got the chance to co-write together. About a year later, Judd revisited the idea with Martin's family, who encouraged his mission.
"I wanted to do this video to bring attention to addiction and mental illness," Judd says. "I was one of the lucky ones. The love of my child was stronger than my love of addiction. But, that's not the case for eight out of 10 addicts.”
The video ends with scenes of children singing the song's chorus.
"I don't have all the answers, and I can't save all the people," Judd concedes. "Someone asked me the other day if I would do it all over again, if I would do that first line of cocaine. I said absolutely I would. If I had to become an addict to be able to get clean and help addicts, I would do it the same way."
“Kid in Trouble” will be available for download/streaming tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 1. Click HERE to pre-order.
About Cledus T. Judd
Multi-platinum selling Cledus T. Judd burst on the scene in the late ‘90s with a series of perfectly crafted parodies of the biggest names in country music. He has toured with the biggest acts from Brooks & Dunn to Rascal Flatts, to Toby Keith. He’s had songs recorded by Rascal Flatts, Montgomery Gentry and many others. He has scored numerous accolades and music video hits and translated his comedy successfully to radio and TV where he starred on CMT’s Most Wanted Live as a co-host for two years, USA's Nashville Star where he co-hosted with Leann Rimes. He also appeared in Toby Keith’s movie, Beer For My Horses, and also starred on VH1's hit reality show, Celebrity Fit Club where he was a TV favorite. His parody tunes include “I Love NASCAR,” “My Cellmate Thinks I’m Sexy,” “How Do You Milk a Cow,” “Bake Me a Country Ham,” and “It’s a Great Day to Be a Guy.”
For more information on Cledus T. Judd, visit cledustjudd.com.