Jude began playing the piano and writing songs at around age eight. Upstairs, her older brothers played
Beatles' records while downstairs in her Dad's office you might hear Glenn Miller, Sarah Vaughn or Tony
Bennett. In the living room, her mom would often be practicing some choir music for church. Jude took all
of it in and was a dedicated musician by age 12. She started playing clubs at 16 and at 19, she surprised
no one when she headed West to continue to hone her skills in the studios and nightclubs of LA, where
she found herself collaborating with many of the city's top producers including Henry Lewy, T-Bone
Burnett, & Chuck Plotkin.
Johnstone immersed herself in songwriting and has enjoyed a successful career for more than 20 years.
Her songs have been praised and covered by an impressive list of artists including Emmylou Harris (Hold
On), Stevie Nicks (Cry Wolf), Bonnie Raitt (Wounded Heart), Jennifer Warnes (The Nightingale), Bette
Midler (The Girl is On To You), Trisha Yearwood (Hearts in Armor), and Johnny Cash (Unchained), the
title cut to his 1997 Grammy-winning album. Johnstone also wrote the number 1 song, "The Women
Before Me," for Trisha Yearwood’s debut CD, which was recognized with a BMI Songwriters Award.
With the desire to promote her songs to a wider audience she and longtime manager Bob Burton decided
record an album of her own. They released Jude’s debut CD "Coming of Age" in 2002 on Burton’s label
BoJak Records. "Coming of Age" received critical acclaim leading to an interview on NPR's Morning
Edition and was #6 on Amazon's Best Seller's List. Her songs "Wounded Heart" and "The Nightingale,"
from "Coming of Age" and "In This House" and "The Hereafter," from her 2005 CD "On a Good Day,"
have been featured in Lifetime/ABC’s television hit series "Army Wives." "On a Good Day" generated
impressive media buzz which led to Johnstone's national television debut where she performed the title
track on CBS's "The Early Show." In 2008 and 2009 respectively, Johnstone released CDs, "Blue Light"
and "Mr. Sun," both jazz/blues influenced projects possessing the distinctively sensitive and soulful
qualities found in her previous two discs.
Jude’s new CD “Quiet Girl,” returns her to the Americana flavor of her first two CDs. Owing to her
immense reputation the project attracted contributions from a premier list of guest artists: Emmylou Harris
(Quiet Girl), John David Souther (On That Train), Susan & David Cowsill (Cry for New Orleans), Rodney
Crowell (Cry for New Orleans), Maxayn Lewis (Angel at Your Door), Jimmy LaFave (I Don’t Wanna Go
Home), David Mansfield (Quiet Girl, On That Train) and the person who gave Jude her first big break into
the biz, Clarence Clemons (Don’t Wake Me Up).