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Jonatha Brooke Keeps New Company On Latest Album

Of the Oakland Press

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There’s a reason for upbeat, out-of-character pop-rock songs on singer-songwriter Jonatha Brooke’s seventh solo album, “Careful What You Wish For.” They actually came out of sessions in which she was commissioned to write for and with teen pop heroes Nick Lachey and JC Chasez.

“It’s interesting to explore the multiple personalities of any one person,” Brooke, 43, says with a laugh. “Whenever I mention to people that I did that (writing) with those guys, people always kind of look at me for some gossipy, snide reaction.

“There is none, really. It was just a fun experiment. I didn’t know what I was getting into, so what the hell ... I figured it could be a totally different world that could give me some different ideas, and it totally did. I feel in love with that kind of cocky, young boy persona I took on when I was writing those (songs).”

Brooke — who began her career in the band the Story in the early ’80s and went solo in 1994 — wound up keeping the Lachey-Chasez songs for her “Careful What You Wish For,” though Lachey recorded a version of “Because I Told You So” as a bonus track for his last album, “What’s Left of Me.” Still, she’s hoping the association will generate a bit of heat for her at record companies, a world she abandoned when she started her own Bad Dog Records in 1998.

“I certain wouldn’t turn down some sensible deal and some extra cash from a major label,” Brooke says, “but I don’t think those deals are there anymore unless you’re 19.

“I’m not going to even bother to send this (album) out this time. It’ll be like people will love it, then, ‘How old is she?’ That’s what happened with (2001’s) ‘Steady Pull’ ... they loved it, but said, ‘Well, we’re not signing anyone over 21. So I’ll just make (‘Careful ...’) a little success on my own and then see what happens.”

Jonatha Brooke performs at 8 p.m. Monday (April 30th) at The Ark, 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. Tickets are $22.50. Call (734) 761-1800 or visit www.theark.org.

Web Site: www.theark.org

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