Jonatha Brooke has been writing songs, making records, and touring since her early days in Boston with her band The Story, which released two albums, Grace in Gravity and The Angel in the House, on Elektra Records. In 1995, she released Plumb, the first of two solo albums on MCA/Universal, followed by Ten Cent Wings in 1997. In 1999, she started her own independent label, Bad Dog Records, and has since released six more albums. Her acclaimed album, The Works, combined previously unheard and unpublished Woody Guthrie lyrics with her own music and arrangements.
Brooke writes about the world around her, what interests and intrigues her, and what inspires her sense of curiosity and love of adventure. She invited her mother into her life after the latter’s diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, and this dramatically changed her world. She cared for her mother for two years and was inspired to write a play after her death, entitled My Mother Has Four Noses. Billed as a comedy and a tragedy but mostly a love story, the play describes the journey of a mother and a daughter and their travels together from life to death.
My Mother Has Four Noses had a lauded ten-week run at the Duke on 42nd Street in New York City and continues to play at other venues around the country. She has four other musicals in various stages of development: Quadroon, with legendary jazz pianist Joe Sample; Lullaby, with Michael Elyanow; and Hopper and Death and Venice, both with playwright Anton Dudley.
Brooke grew up in Boston, lived in Los Angeles for a time, and now resides in Manhattan with her husband. She and her two brothers grew up in a devout family of Christian Scientists. Her father, who died at the age of sixty-seven, wrote for the Christian Science Monitor. Brooke has recently cowritten songs with Katy Perry and the Court Yard Hounds. She has also written for three Disney films and various television shows, including the theme song for Joss Whedon’s science fiction TV series Dollhouse.
It seems like there’s nothing Jonatha Brooke can’t do.
—The Press of Atlantic City
Charming and very funny. A seasoned musician with a beautiful voice, Brooke rocks it.
As always, Brooke’s voice soars with emotional heft with each note and she remains a keen storyteller.