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Jude Johnstone


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1Blue Light
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2Quiet Girl
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4Mr. Sun
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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, she moved to Los Angeles in 1979. Soon after arriving in LA Johnstone's songs drew the attention of other artists resulting in covers by Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Bette Midler, Johnny Cash, Stevie Nicks, Jimmy LaFave, Stephen Bishop, Jennifer Warnes, Trisha Yearwood and others. Johnstone wrote a #1 song featured on Yearwood's debut album, the title track "The Woman Before Me," which earned her a BMI award (as well as four other Yearwood cuts.) She also penned the title track to Johnny Cash's Grammy winning album "Unchained."
In 2002 Johnstone released her 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 and Trisha Yearwood. 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 third and fourth CDs ("Blue Light" and "Mr. Sun") were both jazz/blues projects recorded LIVE in the studio with some of LA's top session musicians and showcased Johnstone's piano prowess more than her previous projects. With "Quiet Girl", her newest release, she returns to the Americana flavor of her earlier work. The album features duets with Emmylou Harris, Jimmy LaFave, J.D. Souther, and her late mentor, Clarence Clemons. There's also a choir that includes John & Susan Cowsill, Vicki Peterson (of the Bangles), Crowell and Maxayn Lewis on Johnstone's ode to Katrina "Cry For New Orleans."
Johnstone's songs have also been featured on Lifetime/ABC's hit television series "Army Wives", Showtime's "Nurse Jackie" and Fox TV's "Lie To Me." Her song "In This House" (featured on "Army Wives") won a 2008 Independent Music Award for best song in a dramatic series.
Jude frequently tours with Bonnie Raitt and performs at various festivals and venues throughout the year.
"On her latest, 'Quiet Girl', Jude Johnstone summons heartbreak with both rootsy yearning and elegant restraint.", USA TODAY
"Great songs, intelligently written and sung like tomorrow may be called off.".........Rodney Crowell
"Jude is one of my favorite singers and songwriters. Her fertility in regards to songwriting is truly awe-inspiring.",Bonnie Raitt

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