Singer/songwriter/guitarist Jonatha Brooke has been issuing albums that merge folk and pop since the early '90s; first as a member of a duo called the Story, and then later as a solo artist. Brooke formed the Story (originally called Jonatha & Jennifer for their first few years together) along with another vocalist, Jennifer Kimball, while the pair was both attending Boston's Amherst College in the early '80s. Despite playing locally on a regular basis during their college career, the duo never issued any demos or albums, and took a break for a period after graduation; during which time Brooke joined a dance troupe. But by the end of the '80s, the group had re-formed, now called the Story, and issued a demo called Over Oceans in 1989. The Story was promptly signed to the independent Green Linnet label, which issued the duo's debut full-length album, Grace in Gravity, in 1991. It wasn't long before Elektra Records expressed interest in the band, in turn reissuing their debut the same year, as well as a sophomore effort, The Angel in the House, two years later.