About the Band

Judy ManginiPowerhouse vocals!!” “Soulful!!” “What Pipes!!” “WOW” are some of the descriptions people have used after hearing Judy sing! Lead vocalist and percussionist for Judy Sings the Blues, Judy has tremendously, powerful, wide range vocals! She will draw you in from the time she hits the stage until the “curtain closes”. She sings with passion, strength and feeling that you not only hear the story, you feel it too. Judy has been singing in area bands since she was 16, but truly loves and enjoys singing the Blues. Growing up, performing is the only thing she has ever wanted to do and she has been writing her own songs since her early teens. Even though she has her own style and sound, Judy has been compared to Ann Wilson (Heart), Janis Joplin and more. Do yourself a favor!! Go check out Judy Sings the Blues !!!

Eric Zoeckler is the lead guitar player. He grew up in the Washington D.C. music scene of the 80s learning his chops from area legends including Danny Gatton, Billy Hancock and Robert Gordon. Playing the D.C. clubs as a teenager, Eric sharpened his chops in blues and rockabilly and was heavily influenced by the masters of the blues like BB King, Albert Collins and John Lee Hooker.
After relocating to Delaware in the early 90s, Eric formed June Evans & Mercy City and enjoyed playing many of the Atlantic City casinos, Philly and Wilmington clubs and local blues festivals for 15 years. More recently Eric played with Delaware Blues Hall of Famer Gretchen Emery.
Eric loves to entertain crowds and works hard to make sure everyone is having fun. As a singer and player, Eric draws energy from people and is engaging and fun to watch perform.

Carl Thompsonbass player, is affectionately known as “Smiley” to those that know him and see him on stage. He has been playing in area bands for over forty years and you can tell he loves what he does!! He started out playing the clarinet in school, but did not enjoy it.  He then discovered the bass clarinet and fell in love, so his music teacher moved him to tuba, where he did very well. Later, in his early 20s, a friend told him he should get a bass: “A tuba with strings!” Pretty much self-taught on the bass, he found his true calling as a musician.  He provides a rich, mellow tone, rhythm and groove that shines through every song. A truly gifted bass player!

Alfonzo “Terry” Lee is the drummer for Judy Sings the Blues and has been drummin’ for the past 20+ years. He is from Wilmington De. attending Delcastle HS and has played in many area bands such as Pure Pleasure Show Band, Modified Funk and also the Level Five Band. Terry’s dynamics, style, funk and skill bring so much groove to the mix that it is hard to stay in your seat!!

Playing the blues is not just playing music. It is a feeling from deep within your soul capturing the moments in life that make you or break you and telling a story people can relate to. Sharing your emotions with complete strangers and knowing they relate… they’ve been there too… That is what we do. That is who we are.

Artists we like:

  • Susan Tedeschi
  • Danielle Nicole Band
  • Trampled Under Foot
  • Shemekia Copeland
  • Ella Fitzgerald
  • Etta James
  • Steve Vai
  • Aretha Franklin
  • Janis Joplin
  • Heart
  • Bonnie Raitt
  • Nina Simone
  • Keb Mo
  • Stevie Ray Vaughn
  • Allman Brothers
  • Jimi Hendrix
  • ZZ Top
  • Muddy Waters
  • Buddy Guy
  • Albert King
  • B.B. King
  • Albert Collins
  • Junior Wells
  • Gary Moore