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Sunday 06 December 2020

Modern Soul With A Vintage Edge From New Jazz Light Judi Jackson

Judi Jackson offers up modern soul with a vintage edge on her new single Crashing Down.

After being honoured with the Vocalist of the Year accolade at last month's Jazz FM Awards, Jackson presents a bold evolution in her sound, ahead of the release of her debut studio album, which will follow next year. 

The voice that's enamoured the world of jazz shines bright within a completely new context on Crashing Down

Jackson possesses a masterly vocal control, with elegant phrasing and palpable emotion that glides and weaves around a production generated by warm live instrumentation. 

Her songwriting expresses a thoroughly contemporary attitude that's big on self-empowerment, presenting an artistic vision that"s uncompromised by external influences. 

 
Jackson said: 

"As I went through so much pain in my life, I remembered that everything always comes back around ... Karma, Yin and Yang, nothing lasts forever. 

"Everything has a quality of impermanence and that is beautiful. 

"No matter what is thrown at us in this crash course called life, we continue to drive, we get back up and we ride because we are strong."

Crashing Down was produced by the Grammy Award winner Tommaso Colliva (Erykah Badu, Damon Albarn's Africa Express) and co-written with Tim Baxter.
 
The song echoes with the soul of an artist who has lived through every lyric she delivers. 

She grew up in Roanoke, Virginia, playing piano and singing in the church choir. 

Inspired by the greats - Bettie Carter, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Nina Simone - her career started to take shape in her teens.

 She was just 16 when she opened for Mavis Staples, and two years later, teamed with jazz fusionists Snarky Puppy to record her own song, Only Love, for their Grammy-winning album Family Dinner: Volume One.
 
She later moved to London, where she channelled influences such as Joni Mitchell, Sade and Erykah Badu into her acclaimed EP Blame It On My Youth.  

All these experiences and eclectic styles feed into her upcoming body of work, which represents the culmination of what Judi Jackson has achieved to date. 

Listen to Judi Jackson's new single Crashing Down HERE.

by: Mike Cobley




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