Jude Johnstone

    Born in Bar Harbor, Maine, Jude Johnstone began writing songs at about age 8.  At 18, she was “discovered” by Bruce Springsteen’s 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, Jennifer Warnes, Trisha Yearwood, etc.,  including a #1 song for Yearwood’s debut album called “The Woman Before Me” which earned her a BMI award.  She also penned
the title track to Johnny Cash’s Grammy winning album “Unchained.” She now resides in Nashville, Tennessee.

Jude has released 6 CDs of her own and is about to release her 7th called “A Woman’s Work.”

“If Jude Johnstone is not yet a musical household name, she sure as hell should be.” — Henry Carrigan, No Depression

“A lesson in melodic grace delivered by as fine a singer-songwriter as any I know” –Rodney Crowell

…”She’s patently a master at capturing the heart’s dark and desperate moments, just as she’s capable of  encouraging belief in its resurrection.” –Mike Davies, Roots and Branches/The Beat

“Johnstone is a songwriters’ songwriter.” –JAM Magazine, Italy

“Beautiful, artful and awash in subtle undertones and fiery, impassioned smouldering determination.” –Maurice Hope, Flyin Shoes’ Germany

“For those who once zoned in to the mean streets Tom Waits, Rickie Lee Jones and other young bohemians walked, these lucky 11 songs will offer a ray of light which promises to never go out.” –Bill Bentley/The Morton Report

“Her fertility, in regards to songwriting, is truly awe inspiring.” –Bonnie Raitt

“If you like music that scrapes at the bottom of your soul and leaves a trace of itself behind, then you need to listen to this album and add this amazing artist to your lineup.”  Dana Wright/Muzikreviews.com