Inside the Studio with Mark Hornsby: Recording Jonatha Brooke
Jonatha Brooke is a singer/songwriter and guitarist from Massachusetts. She first made a name for herself in a duo called The Story, with her friend Jennifer Kimball, in the late 80s. By the early 90s, they were signed to Elektra Records, and in 1993 released Angel In The House, which I consider a landmark piece of Jonatha’s discography. Eventually, the two split and Jonatha’s solo career went into full throttle.
Jonatha subsequently released Plumb (1995) and 10 Cent Wings (1997), again, two iconic pieces in her musical leg-acy. Fast forward to today, and to say that she’s had a wide and storied career (see what I did there?) would be an under-statement. She’s written and performed songs like ‘I’ll Try’ for Disney’s film Return To Neverland. She composed music to the words of Woody Guthrie (The Works, 2008). Jonatha wrote, produced, and starred in her own one-woman play about her mom’s battle with Alzheimer’s (My Mother Has Four Noses). She’s conducted and participated in songwriting and record-ing workshops across the US, and traveled the world telling her stories through song. Those that are familiar with Jonatha’s body of work love and respect her. Her identifiable voice, poi-gnant songwriting, and myriad collection of guitar tunings are impressive. Obviously I think she’s really cool, so now, on to the topics at hand...