For Jackie Guy, five-time Saskatchewan Country Music association award nominee, music has never been a choice; it’s always been there. Guy’s father was instrumental in encouraging her passion for music, purchasing a bass guitar for her in high school. Her humble beginnings with the family band led to stints with Young Country and Long Shot, and then to a solo career that continues to present her with songwriting and performing opportunities that have not only surprised her at times but also have developed and challenged her as an artist.
A successful career as a physiotherapist and raising seven children didn’t stop Guy from finding time to pen every song on albums Right Where I Wanna Be, My Red Guitar, and her soon-to-be-released third effort. Her unique style is a perfect blend of Kelly Willis, Bonnie Tyler and Shania Twain. Over the last number of years, she has had the opportunity to meet influences Pam Tillis and Lorrie Morgan, open up for Sawyer Brown, and to film memorable music videos such as “Bridges”, which was shot in Nashville, Tennessee with Dean Miller, son of country music icon Roger Miller. She prides herself on casting friends and family in her music videos: “I’m not about being superficial. I want my videos to be memories of people I love and cherish that I can watch when I’m old and smile.”
Guy’s third album, a collaborative production with Mosaic Music (P.A.) and Beaird Studios (Nashville) will be released in 2019, and she looks forward to making more focused efforts to expand her music into the US and Europe.
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