The piano in the parlor of her parents' house in coastal Maine was hers as soon as she could reach its keys. On its bench, alongside her church-soprano mother, she learned the magic of harmony. In that same room, her older brothers' records played-Stones, Creedence, Beatles-and in the evenings, her schoolteacher father's collection of Glenn Miller and Sarah Vaughn.It was, Jude Johnstone recalls, "...all the education I thought I'd ever need."
An acclaimed songwriter, Johnstone has an impressive list of artists who have covered her songs: Stevie Nicks (Cry Wolf), Bette Midler(The Girl in Onto You, Trisha Yearwood(The Nightingale, Hearts in Armor), and Johnny Cash (including the title cut of the latter's Grammy-winning album "Unchained", Jennifer Warnes, Bonnie Raitt(Wounded Heart) and Emmylou Harris(Hold On). Her debut CD "Coming of Age" sees contributions by several of these artists, including Yearwood, Warnes, and Raitt, as well as old friends Jackson Browne and "the legendary" Valerie Carter, and the invaluable assistance of Yearwood's producer, Garth Fundis.
CD includes the songs "Wounded Heart," and "The Nightingale," both featured in Lifetime Television's hit series "Army Wives."