Veteran record producer and musician, Jude Cole, joined "Extra" last season, making "Extra" the first entertainment newsmagazine show to feature a music critic. With a career in music spanning over 20 years, Cole's knowledge will provide the ultimate insider's perspective into the music world. Cole kicked off his new assignment interviewing Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. The interview made headlines when Cole pressed Jagger on accusations his new song "Sweet Neo Con" bashes the Bush Administration.
Cole currently manages the hit rock group Lifehouse, which shot to number one on the Billboard charts with "You and Me." He is also a partner with actor Kiefer Sutherland in the recording studio, Ironworks, home to MoZella and solo artist, Rocco Deluca.
Cole's music career began in 1980 when he joined the British pop band, The Records. He spent the early part of the 80s touring Europe with the band, but left to pursue a solo career. In 1987, he signed with Warner Bros. Records and the following year released his first solo album, "Jude Cole." He went on the release four more albums including 1990's, "A View from 3rd Street," with the Top 40 hits, "Baby It's Tonight" and "Time for Letting Go."
On the big screen, Cole made appearances in 1984's "Where the Boys Are" and the 1985 cult classic, "Better Off Dead."
Cole's lyrics are in high demand in Hollywood. He's written songs for hit films including, "Back to School," "Navy Seals" and "Grand Canyon." Additionally, Cole has worked on scores for films such as, "Truth and Consequences, NM."
Born in Moline, IL, Cole now resides in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.