“Turning emotional pain into art is a tricky business. I sometimes wonder if the end result is worth it. Jude Johnstone makes a good case that it does.”
- Rodney Crowell
A Woman's Work is a raw and unapologetic study of love, loss and deliverance with a particular keen emphasis on the female perspective. It's perhaps her most personal and reflective collection.
"The idea behind Shatter," says Johnstone, "is that in order to find one's better self, one needs to ‘shatter’ the old one and begin the process re-invention. It’s about that moment of clarity in which change can take place."
"Shatter is a gospel prayer, of sorts, which makes use of a New Orleans style brass ensemble combined with the heartfelt vocals of Johnstone, and Maxayn Lewis. It is powerful, poignant, thought provoking and a true indicator of the depth of wisdom and creativity Johnstone works from. The rest of the album stems from that first moment. And in her most diverse collection so far, spanning several musical genres, Johnstone dives head first, delving honestly—and even eerily at times—into a world of experiences that have led her characters down a darkened path only to have ultimately emerged from it."
Released 2011 Quiet Girl is an impressive and soulful collection of songs that live up to the high bar Johnstone has set for herself. It features such stellar guests as Emmylou Harris on background vocals and Clarence Clemons—in what would be one of his final recordings—on sax.
Johnstone’s release features jazz and blues rhythms while maintaining the songwriter’s trademark emotional depth, passionate vocals and haunting melodies. Mr. Sun is rich with intelligent writing and compelling musicianship.
Johnstone’s Blue Light is a sensitive and poetic song collection delivered in her passionate voice accompanied by spacious, sophisticated arrangements. It’s blues/jazz music that touches the soul.
This releases showcases Johnstone’s depth as a songwriter, offering poetic sensibilities and beautiful imagery. On A Good Day reveals an artist unafraid to dive deep into emotional waters with this bittersweet collection of snapshots from her upbringing in Maine.
Johnstone’s debut project delivers a rich and diversified collection of songs with reflective lyrical content and engaging melodies. It melds bluesy Americana rock with lush, smart production and intense honesty. Coming of Age is a welcome reminder that lyrics and music can still open windows to a songwriter’s soul.