81: Jonatha Brooke, Singer / songwriter
Jonatha Brooke has been one of my favorite singer songwriters since the first moment I heard her, 25 years ago. Her haunting, unique sound with the band The Story sent me reeling, and in many ways I’ve still never recovered. Since then, she’s recorded nearly a dozen albums under her own name. The most recent, “Midnight Hallelujah” came out earlier this year.
We met up in her new home, in her new adopted city, Minneapolis, for a wide ranging talk. I tried not to be too much of a fanboy, but there are still a few moments.
Here she discusses growing up Christian Scientist and ultimately leaving that faith, and how it relates to her theater project “My Mother Has 4 Noses” (it ran off broadway several years ago, and deals with the relationship with her mother as she suffered from Alzheimer's).
Can songwriting be taught? What is the future for independent songwriters? How much personal information is too much to share on social media? How has her personal journey changed her sound throughout the years? Why is she so self critical? What is it like to write songs with Katy Perry? It’s all here and MORE!
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