After an early appearance as a member of John 'Moon' Martin's backing group, The Ravens, Jude Cole joined UK band The Records for the Crashes album in 1980. After the tour to promote the album, Cole remained in the US when the band returned to Britain and went on to be a solo artist. His first three solo records, Jude Cole (1987), A View from 3rd Street (1990) and Start the Car (1992) were released on Warner/Reprise Records. and contained the singles "Baby, It's Tonight", "Time for Letting Go", "Compared To Nothing" and "Start the Car". His fourth album, I Don't Know Why I Act This Way, was released by Island Records in 1995, and finally, Falling Home on his own Watertown Records in 2000.
Cole is manager, producer and cowriter of rock band Lifehouse, and has co-written the last 7 consecutive singles with Jason Wade.
In 2000 Cole walked away from his artist career to manage Lifehouse (DreamWorks) and Lindsay Pagano (Warner Bros). He chose Irving Azoff as a partner and spent the next 4 years with Azoff Management.