North Battleford Musician Jackie K is releasing her first full-length album, She's A Story on March 8th, International Women's Day. "There are stories to tell about the lives of women” says Jackie K, “ complex, strong, loving narratives. ”
Produced by Randy Woods, She's A Story, spotlights the spirit of women living through a variety of triumphs and trials. Each track takes on a character and style of its own. Several of the songs are personal ones for Jackie, including the first single, “When You Almost Didn’t Love Me”. This sunshine pop tune the sunshine pop tune feels right out of the best nostalgic Canadian beach movie you’ve never seen.
“Writing and singing about personal situations certainly keeps me honest as a musician,”says Jackie, as she talks about another song that is special to her. “I wrote ‘Burnage Lane’ after my mother-in-law passed away last winter. It was the name of my in-laws' acreage in Saskatchewan where they had lived for forty years. It was her wish to always stay there, not to have to live in a nursing home. She was a woman determined to live life on her own terms, right to the end.”
“Usually I wouldn't have noticed the similarities between myself and Queen Elizabeth II but after her passing last September I began to think about how we were kind of alike” Jackie says with a laugh as she talks about her track “I’m the Queen”. A bluesy tune about being the queen of your own kingdom.
Savvy guitar lines from Randy Woods and slick drums from Kyle Krysa make “Madame Sun” a welcome tropical retreat in the Saskatchewan winter. It's an uptempo Latin inspired number about a senior that Jackie observed while on holiday in Mexico. The saxophone stylings of Connor Newton take this tune up a notch!
Jackie features the spoken word of Cree musician Falynn Baptiste on “Honour Her Spark”, a song for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. Jackie will be donating proceeds from “Honour Her Spark” to the Battlefords and Area Sexual Assault Centre.
The album closes with a head nodding, groove tune “Sleep”. “I find it really hard to sleep,” says Jackie, “and I think that’s true for lots of women, for lots of people.” This tune features some great bass playing from Tom Kroczynski, and it’s got a laid back vibe that is a great album closer.”
Jackie K is a Prairie girl from start to finish, and the wide-open spaces of Saskatchewan, and the people that inhabit them, find their way into every corner of her songs. Her music has been compared to that of Amy Rigby and Lucinda Williams, and she is happy to name gifted songwriters like Nancy Griffith as influences on her work. She also doesn’t want us to forget that her love of jazz as performed by artists such as Nina Simone continues to percolate through her songwriting, her recordings, and her performances.
When she isn’t writing or performing, Jackie conducts the bands and teaches guitar to high school students at North Battleford Comprehensive High School. Jackie is a member of SaskMusic, CARAS, SOCAN, BMI, SAC, and the AFM#553.
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