Jude Demorest is an American actress, composer, dancer, singer and model, perhaps best-known for her portrayal of Star Davis in the musical television series “Stars.”
Early life, family, and educational background
Claire Jude Demorest was born in Detroit, Michigan, USA, on 11 March 1992, into a Native American family. There were suspicions that Jude was mixed-race, but Lee Daniels, the creator of the “Stars” show, stated that Jude is white. There’s little information about her parents, but she’s shared a photo of herself with her mother on her Instagram account. She has a brother named Canaan Demorest.
There are a few facts about her family and educational background, although sources suggest that her family is very religious; she spent most of her days when she was young in church, where she learnt to sing, dance, and do drama, as most of the church services were music-driven, such as singing the gospel with the choir. She grew up listening to religious songs by artists such as Mahalia Jackson and Andrae Crouch, Donnie McClurkin and the Winans, and the Clark Sisters. The church pastor established a performing arts school near the area where she enrolled, and her talents in singing, dancing and acting were honed.
When she was ten years old, she enrolled at the Winans Academy of Performing Arts, which gospel singer Marvin Winans founded, and trained there for five years.
Jude moved to Los Angeles at the age of 16. She had humble beginnings before getting her break as an actress, taking various jobs, such as a back-up dancer or singer, and also appeared as an extra in multiple shows and films. She eventually signed a contract with Epic Records, run by music producer and executive L.A. Reid.
Her career as an actress began in 2009, when she played Whitney in the short film “History of Made-up Things.” She was then cast as Andrea in an episode of the Disney television series “Jonas” the following year, after which she appeared in a number of TV shows, most notably as Candace Shaw in the 2014 television series “Dallas.” This show was a prime-time soap opera, and is the revival of the same-named soap opera that aired from 1978 to 1991.
Another career-defining role came her way when she was cast as Star Davis, the lead in the Fox musical drama series “Stars.” The show is the stories of three singers who achieved fame through their talents, so Jude can relate to her character, because they have the same experiences as those who endured hardships before achieving their dream. She has acted in nine television programs and films since 2009.
Career as songwriter
Jude is also a talented songwriter, having co-written the song “Work from Home” for the girl group Fifth Harmony, one of the most popular songs in 2016, receiving platinum certification. The following year she co-wrote “Down” for the same group, and has since written numerous songs, soundtracks, and singles for several artists, including Whatcha Gonna Do, There for You, and Madonna.
Personal life, husband and children
Jude and Joshua Colemen met at a networking event, during the time when she was working on her album and Joshua was a pop song writer; the two married on 24 April 2016. Jude is five years younger than her husband.
The two co-wrote several songs for well-known musicians and singers, including the aforementioned “Work from Home.” After two years of marriage, Jude gave birth to their son, Judah Calvin Coleman, his name being derived from Hebrew, meaning praise.
Joshua Coleman, husband of Jude
Joshua Coleman, better known as Ammo, is a famous American producer and hit songwriter. He’s collaborated with artists and singers on various musical styles, such as Beyonce, Maroon 5, Britney Spears, Jessie J, Jason Derullo, Fifth Harmony, Flo Rida, Katy Perry, Pitbull and Selena Gomez.
Joshua was born in Baltimore, Maryland, on 14 May 1987.
According to his interview with Dale Kawashima of Songwriter Universe, he mentioned that he started to love music when he was three years old, because both of his parents were musicians; his mother is a songwriter and pianist, while his father is a bassist. He inherited their abilities to play various musical instruments, including drums, piano, keyboards, guitar and bass. He started producing demos and writing songs in their house’s basement when he was 12. His stardom as a composer began when Jim Edmunds, an A&R Executive at Epic Records, messaged him on his MySpace account, requesting that he send some of his songs, which were forwarded to Jim’s friend Dr. Luke, who is known for composing hit songs “Since You Been Gone” and “I Kissed A Girl.”
Ammo was invited to meet him in person in New York, and so signed a contract with the music publishing company at the age of 20, having impressed producer Dr. Luke with his talent in composing. Luke assured Ammo that he would teach him everything he knew about the music industry at that time.
He received his first payment for writing the song “Watch You Go” from the album of Jordin Sparks, “Battlefield.” Then he co-wrote numerous popular songs, including “Sugar” by Maroon 5, “E.T.” by Katy Perry, “Your Love Is My Drug,” and another song “We R Who We R” by Kesha. Since 2009, he’s written and produced 33 songs, and has been nominated for three Grammy Awards.
Interesting facts about Jude
- She was baptized in Israel’s Jordan River during her pilgrimage.
- She didn’t receive an epidural when she gave birth to her son.
- Star had to audition ten times before she got the lead role, Star.
- She auditioned for the role of a character who speaks Spanish, but doesn’t speak the language in the Empire show.
Appearance, clothing style
Jude stands at 5ft 5ins (1.65m) tall and weighs about 121lbs (55kgs), with vital statistics of 35-25-34; she has brown hair and blue eyes.
Net worth and salary
Jude’s net worth is projected to be $2 million as of early 2022, while her husband’s wealth is rumored to be more than $5 million. She’s benefited from acting, singing, and songwriting, whereas Ammo has earned his wealth through songwriting and producing.