Charlie Daniels and Judy Seale
As President and CEO of Judy Seale International, Judy entered the music industry not as an entertainer but as one of the first producers of Alabama’s largest fund-raising events, the George Lindsey Celebrity Golf Tournament and Concert for Special Children. Generating over one million dollars for the Alabama Special Olympics program during her tenure, Judy later moved to Tulsa to work with Roy Clark’s benefit golf tournament and concert for the Children’s Medical Center. Shortly afterwards, she joined the Jim Halsey Company in Tulsa and was eventually relocated with the company to Nashville. Her competence, capabilities and dependability with the Halsey Company ultimately led to the title of Executive Vice-President in charge of day-to-day operations and international touring.
In 1990, Judy partnered with Refugee Management International where she co-managed the careers of Jo Dee Messina, Jolie Edwards, River Road, Holly Dunn, the Forester Sisters, George “Goober” Lindsey, Minnie Pearl, the Texas Tornados, and the Desert Rose Band. Since establishing JSI (www.judysealeinternational.com), management clients have included Jolie Edwards, Pat Boone, the Bellamy Brothers and John Adam Murph. She currently coordinates all international tours for the Bellamy Brothers and orchestrates the only country music festival in Japan. She is talent coordinator for numerous festivals throughout Europe and Asia. Her many international tour achievements include production of the “first” country events in Japan, Hong Kong, Brazil, Thailand, Qatar, India, Sri Lanka and Argentina. Since 1987, she has produced more than 400 international tours and festivals featuring country music, rock, and classic rock artists.
Seale realized the fulfillment of a long-time dream when she launched “Stars for Stripes”. The non-profit organization provides quality entertainment to internationally deployed U.S. military forces, promotes patriotism and civic pride among the troops and educates the general public regarding various aspects of United States military history and engagement. StarsForStripes.com
These military tours have provided welcomed entertainment for troops serving in the conflicts in Haiti, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Uzbekistan, Iraq, Qatar, and Djibouti to name only a few as well as Holiday Tours for troops away from family and friends while based in remote locations. Since the theatre of conflict began in Iraq in 2003, Judy has escorted artists into that region 37 times. Since 1991, she has participated in more than 120 tours dedicated to entertaining our troops stationed overseas.
The Country Music Association recognized her abilities in 1998 when she was awarded the prestigious “Jo Walker-Meador International Achievement Award” and again in 2003 when she was presented the “CMA International Talent Buyer/Promoter of the Year Award”. In 2008, Judy was announced as an Ambassador and awarded the International Country Music Day award from the International Country Music Day Organization as well as being presented with the Greek Country Music Association award for Best International Country Music Personality at the 6th Annual Country Music Festival Athens. In 2006, Seale received honors for her support of the military with recognition as the recipient of “Newman’s Own Award” (established by actor Paul Newman). In 2015, Judy was recognized by IEBA (International Entertainment Buyer’s Association) as “International Buyer of the Year”, as well as receiving the Department of the Army “Commander’s Award for Public Service” from Lt. General Joseph Anderson.
Judy was the Executive Producer for the GAC’s TV Special “Stars for Stripes: Wounded Warriors Return”, the story of 2 wounded heroes returning to Iraq after being injured in the war. In August 2010 she received the ‘Communicator Award’ and two ‘Telly Awards’ for her role as Executive Producer for the “Stars for Stripes: Wounded Warriors Return” Special. The Telly Awards honor the very best in local, regional, and cable commercials and programs, as well as the finest video and film productions. The feature was also nominated for a Regional Emmy in 2010. Seale served as a member of the Executive Committee for the Hook, Line, and Singer Tournament, which benefited St. Jude Children’s Hospital and Operation Yellow Ribbon at Lipscomb University which provides educational opportunities for veterans. In 2012, Judy was presented with the ‘Tennessee Marine Corps Leadership Award’ during the reception at Operation Yellow Ribbon for her dedication and support of the U.S. Military. She currently serves as President/CEO of Judy Seale International, Inc. and Stars for Stripes, Inc.
Read more about Judy Seale – Tour Guide article, March 2005
The Seale of Approval: A Conversation With the Queen of International Events, Judy Seale”