Jonatha Brooke

Genres: Folk Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s

Biography

23 January 1964, Illinois, USA. Initially recording with the folk pop duo Story, singer-songwriter Brooke has earned several comparisons with Rickie Lee Jones for her work. Trained as a ballet dancer, she first played rock music as a 13-year-old bass player with a local rock band called Science Function, which included her biology teacher. However, her first experience of Joni Mitchell, whose unusual tunings and textures have become an abiding influence, changed her musical reference points. She became entranced by Rickie Lee Jones after interviewing her for the US magazine Performing Songwriter. The Story were effectively a duo of Brooke with associate Jennifer Kimball, a creative partnership that spanned 12 years. After two albums with the Story, Kimball departed, in the same week that the duo were dropped by Elektra Records despite sales of over 100, 000 for 1993’s The Angel In The House and a favourable critical reception.

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