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Jude Johnstone

How would you describe your music?

Emotional, lyrical singer-songwriter..bluesy, jazzy, americana....I don't really do one kind of music.

What is your role in your band? In the studio? In business or marketing decisions?

I am the act and different musicians play with me according to who's available or who is right for a certain project. I produce my own records. I have a manager, Bob Burton, who has been with me my whole career who helps me make all business and marketing decisions.

Describe your gear.

I take a piano with me unless the venue has one (especially and acoustic), upright bass, trumpet, guitar, and usually violin or cello or both.

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Do you think being a woman and a musician is different from being a man and a musician? If so, how? Was there a moment that made a difference clear to you?

I don't think there is any negative difference, in my experience, at least. I think that male musicians are always noticeably pleased that I am so clear on what I want from them in the studio (or on stage).... that they are surprised in a good way and treat me with even more respect.

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Do you see differences between generations of women musicians?

If I understand the question, I would say that older female musicians like Bonnie Raitt and those that came before her, who may have had to work very hard to achieve prominence in a more male dominated musical era, have helped me to understand the important place I hold as a member of a very fortunate group of women who have been able to carve out a living making music. Myself, more as a songwriter than a recording artist. But that all the possibilities have been available to me, I am very aware of and grateful for. I think that younger artists may take that for granted a little more, but that is just evident of how far we've really come!

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Did anyone ever give you any valuable advice about making your way in the music industry? What advice would you give to a woman musician just starting out?

"Too many people to name. My advice to women just starting out in the music biz, might be to NOT forget your love for music with or without success...if you become weary and disenchanted, then take a step back and try and remember again why you chose this path and start again. Just do good work. Love the process. Don't be lazy and don't underestimate yourself to justify a means to an end. Excel and you won't go unnoticed."

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Why did you choose to play the instrument you play?

It chose me.

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