"There's always a glimmer, something unique about every particular voice. Everyone has a story. It's about getting to that story and getting the clichés out of the way. It's so brave of these people. I cry every time on the first day because I know how terrified I am to sing a new song for someone, even Pat [Jonatha’s husband]. I'm the worst - paranoid, insecure and self-conscious - until I've sung it in a room quaking with my stomach in knots. If I get through it and it feels better, it might be a keeper. It doesn't get easier."
For more than two decades Jonatha Brooke has created shining musical gems - brilliant combinations of poetic lyrics, complex harmonies and memorable melodies - that have earned her legions of devoted fans and journalistic raves as a highly respected artist.
With ten solo releases (and two from her duo The Story) to her credit, her most recent endeavor was writing and performing the one-woman musical My Mother Has 4 Noses. The critically acclaimed project—which ran in NYC at The Duke on 42nd Street— documents the poignant journey of caring for her mother, who was in the advanced stages of Alzheimer’s-induced dementia, during the last two years of her life.
Another notable project was 2008’s The Works, a collection of songs written after being invited into Woody Guthrie’s archives by his daughter. Jonatha combed through previously unseen lyrics of Woody’s, edited, pared, and set them to her own new music, creating a stunning collection of songs. Currently Jonatha, who lives in Minneapolis, is touring her recently released CD Midnight. Hallelujah, working on two new musicals, and plans on performing more dates of 4 Noses in various cities. Jonatha's new EP "Imposter" will appear this month. More info here: https://jonathabrooke.com