Jonatha Brooke
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Jonatha Brooke

May 6, 2023 11:30am-12:30pm

Tickets: Free
Tickets: Free
Jonatha Brooke - May 6 - Guthrie Green

Join us on Saturday, May 6, for a performance by Jonatha Brooke.


This concert is presented free of charge as part of the Woody Guthrie Center® 10th Anniversary.

About Jonatha Brooke

Jonatha Brooke has been writing songs, making records and touring since the early 90’s. After four major label releases, she started her own independent label, Bad Dog Records in 1999, and has since released ten more albums – including the companion CD to her critically acclaimed, one woman, Off- Broadway musical, My Mother Has Four Noses.

Jonatha has co-written and/or produced songs with Katy Perry, The Courtyard Hounds, and Jessica Simpson. She’s also written for four Disney films, numerous television shows, and she composed and performed the theme song for Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse.

Jonatha teaches online and in-person Master Classes in songwriting and recording. She is working on three musical projects – Quadroon, with the late, legendary jazz pianist/composer Joe Sample; Switched with playwright Geoffrey Nauffts; and TEMPUS with Jaclyn Backhaus.

Jonatha was the recipient of a McKnight Artist Fellowship Grant in 2018. She won the 2019 International Acoustic Music Award for Best Female Artist for her song “Put the Gun Down,” and was the competition’s overall grand prize winner. And in 2020, she was awarded an Independent Music Award (IMA) for her EP, “Imposter.”

Throughout the pandemic, Ms. Brooke performed weekly Live Stream concerts from her home on Facebook and YouTube – “The Kitchen Covid Concerts” – all archived on her YouTube page.

Her 14th record, The Sweetwater Sessions, was released July 10, 2020.

In 2008, Jonatha Brooke released THE WORKS, a full album of Woody’s unpublished lyrics from the Archives set to music by Jonatha, featuring studio performances by Joe Sample, Steve Gadd and Christian McBride. Special guest appearances by: Keb Mo’, Derek Trucks, Glen Phillips and Eric Bazilian.

As Nora Guthrie noted, “Jonatha’s antennae honed in on Woody’s love songs, which are still relatively unknown. Some are sweetly childlike, other’s more spiritual. Some are downright pissed off or downright sexual! But they all swirl around Woody’s broad concept of love, as a complete theme in and of itself. This is a very significant project. For the first time ever a woman has composed, arranged, produced and performed a complete album of original Woody Guthrie songs. The gods must be shaking their heads, it’s about time!”

*For more information on the process of making THE WORKS – https://woodyguthrie.org/merchandise/theworks.htm

Video of Jonatha talking about making “The Works” album:


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