Rudi Urbach is a young guitarist, bassist and singer-songwriter from Ontario who, at age 16, has already written over 30 songs. Influenced by the pop-punk of Green Day, the glam lyricism of Hawksley Workman, and the classic rock of John Fogerty, Rudi’s sound is coming into its own on the shores of the Ottawa River.

In the spring of 2021 Rudi was one of the winners of the Annual Henhouse Express Junior Contest for young songwriters. Henhouse Express is an affordable remote recording option offered by Juno Award-winning producer and musician Steve Dawson (guitar and other stringed things) along with acclaimed musicians Gary Craig (drums) and Jeremy Holmes (bass). Rudi got to record his song Make Believe Is Real with these awesome musicians and humans. They also made a video of the process, which you can check out here.

In the fall of 2021 Rudi returned to the virtual Hen House Express studio to record three more of his own songs. He released these three songs alongside Make Believe Is Real as his first EP in December 2022! You can check it out on Bandcamp.




“I Came Here Tonight” By: Rudi Urbach Live @ Spare Room!

On March 18th 2023 Rudi played a live event at Spare Room in Barrie ON to celebrate the release of his first EP, Make Believe is Real. He played a full set of the EP, cover tunes, and some original songs that he has written. This was the first song Rudi ever played live when he was 9. It’s called “I Came Here Tonight”. We will be adding content to Rudi’s Youtube channel as well. Enjoy!

Make Believe Is Real Video

This song was one of five winning songs for the Henhouse Express Jr Contest 2021. The Henhouse Express is a remote recording service started during the lockdown in 2020 by Nashville-based producer and musician Steve Dawson. Artists bring their songs, and Steve and his crew record and mix the tracks for them within a week. The Henhouse Express Jr Contest was a way to bring this service to young and up-and-coming artists and give them and experience having some fun recording music.

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