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“If Jude Johnstone is not yet a musical household name, she sure as hell should be.” ~ Henry Carrigan, No Depression
“Turning emotional pain into art is a tricky business. Sometimes I wonder if the end result is worth it. Jude Johnstone makes a good case that it is.” ~ Rodney Crowell
Born in Bar Harbor, Maine, Jude Johnstone began writing songs at about age 8. At 18, she was “discovered” by E Street Band saxophonist, Clarence Clemons. After spending some time in New York and New Jersey under his wing, in 1979, she moved to Los Angeles, where her songs quickly became sought after by other artists. She has been covered by Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Bette Midler, Johnny Cash, Stevie Nicks, Mary Black, Stephen Bishop, Jennifer Warnes, Trisha Yearwood and more, including a #1 song for Yearwood’s debut album called “The Woman Before Me” which earned her a BMI award. Her songs then appeared on eight more Yearwood albums. She also penned the title track to Johnny Cash’s 1997 Grammy winning album “Unchained.”
In 2002 Johnstone released her own debut CD “Coming of Age” on BoJak Records. The album received critical acclaim leading to an interview on NPR’s Morning Edition and reached #6 on Amazon’s Best Seller’s List. It also featured guest vocals by Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Yearwood, and others. Her sophomore cd “On A Good Day” generated more favorable press which led to a performance on CBS’s “The Early Show.” It, too, featured memorable guest vocals from Browne and Raitt as well as Rodney Crowell & Julie Miller.
Her 3rd and 4th cds, “Blue Light” and “Mr. Sun”, were both jazz/blues inspired projects recorded LIVE in the studio with some of LA’s top session musicians. On “Quiet Girl”, her 5th release, she returned to the Americana flavor of her earlier work. The album featured collaborations with Emmylou Harris, Jimmy LaFave, J.D. Souther, and her late mentor, Clarence Clemons. Jude’s 6th album “Shatter” combined elements of Gospel, Jazz, Celtic, R&B and even Big Band influences. “A Woman’s Work”, Johnstone’s 7th release, was a raw and unapologetic study of love, loss, and sacrifice as seen through a female lens.
Jude’s 8th release, “Living Room” was released in September of 2019. It is a stripped-down production recorded in her living room and features collaborations with Neilson Hubbard, Ben Glover, and Tim Hockenberry. With this release, Johnstone takes a step further toward complete intimacy and continues her legacy as one of her generation’s finest songwriters.