Jonatha Brooke has been writing songs, making records, and touring since the early ’90s. After four major-label releases, she started her own independent label, Bad Dog Records, in 1999 and has since released nine more albums – including the companion CD to her critically acclaimed, one-woman, off-Broadway musical, My Mother Has Four Noses.
Jonatha has co-written songs with Katy Perry and The Court Yard Hounds. 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 is the recipient of a McKnight Artist Fellowship grant for 2018. She also won the International Acoustic Music Award for Best Artist and for Best Song for “Put the Gun Down.”
Artist Website: https://jonathabrooke.com
The Sweetwater Sessions started out as a recording workshop at the gorgeous Sweetwater Studios in Fort Wayne, Indiana. But, after a couple of preparatory conversations with co-producer Mark Hornsby, we had an idea: If we’re gonna have a musical dream team assembled and hanging out in a world-class studio, why not tack on a couple extra days and see if we can record a retrospective of tunes for a visceral, “live in the studio” record. And that’s what we did.
Back together with the team from Midnight. Hallelujah. plus Sean Driscoll, who’s been touring with me for about six years, we had a really great, organic revisiting of some beloved music.
Sean Driscoll: Electric Guitar, 2nd Acoustic on “Hide Your Love Away,” Background Vocals on “Hide Your Love Away,” and “Midnight. Hallelujah.”
Nick D’Virgilio: Drums, Percussion
Phil Naish: Keys, Piano, Hammond, Wurly
Dave Martin: Bass
Recorded at Sweetwater Studios, Fort Wayne, IN
Co-produced by Jonatha Brooke, Phil Naish, and Mark Hornsby
Mixed by John Fields at Creation Audio (studio B)
Mastered by Greg Reierson at Rare Form Mastering
Additional recording by Miles Hanson at Creation Sound, Minneapolis, MN
Assistant Engineer: Rachel Leonard
Photography and Design: Erick Anderson