September 17th, jazz singer Jackie Gage will take her high energy live set to BB King stage in New York and open up for Angie Stone.
I am a devout lover of finding "participators" and having the audience sing with me. So, we rearrange music from the album and create a catchy, high-energy live set," explains Jackie when talking about her performance.
Recently Jackie debuted her self produced album "Siren Song" featuring nine-tracks mixed with story-telling, honest and sweet sounds that will be a treat for any music lover to hear.
In the Q&A session below, Jackie Gage, enlightens AGirlandHerHipHop on her stage presence, sound and new album. Read to below to get the full story.
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Introduce yourself to AGirlandHerHipHop's audience.
I'm Jackie Gage, a singer, songwriter, and all-around music lover. I grew up in San Jose, California, and recently moved to New York to pursue one of my biggest dreams, to be on the roster of Blue Note Records (Norah Jones, Jose James). This is the week of a very big show; I will be opening for soul queen Angie Stone at none other than the storied BB King's Blues Club. I'm grateful to talk with A Girl and Her Hip Hop before the performance.
How would you describe your sound?
It's Corinne Bailey Rae. It's sweet, adventurous, honest. It's story-telling, but still nods to my love of jazz.
Jazz is my first love. I grew up listening to Billie Holiday and Natalie (and Nat King) Cole, so, even when was exposed to more mainstream music--around the time when alternative rock and the hyphy movement was building in the Bay--I still found myself wanting to hear the older records I grew up singing along to.
Your debut album is titled "Siren Songs," what producers did you work with on the album?
I self-produced this project. I'm very proud of how it turned out, as it was a completely new experience for me in the studio. Luckily, I was able to work with some of the best musicians in the Bay Area, and they made everything I asked for a reality.
I had worked with the LA electronic producer Captain Supernova on some tracks before releasing this project, so it was nice focusing on tangible, live instrumentation this time around.
Do you plan on releasing any visuals for "Siren Songs?"
I definitely do. I'm currently working with a dear friend on a music video, to be released later this year. I'm very excited about it.
What are some of your other endeavors?
I've always had a few other creative outlets surrounding me. Besides just music, I often create and sell personalized bracelets. I wear them to all of my shows, and have the chance to sell them at performances, as well as build armbands/jewelry for weddings and other jewelry lovers.
What advice would you give a female artist who is striving to become a jazz artist?
Learn the history of who you want to be like. And not just the people in the 40's and 20's who started the art form, but the people who are doing it now. The people who are alive and well, successful, "making it", the people who you can learn from. Many artists move in a silo these days, so connecting with others is so, so important. Don't lose that.
You are about to open up for Angie Stone on September 17th, how would you describe an experience at one of your sets?
I am a devout lover of finding "participators" and having the audience sing with me. So, we rearrange music from the album and create a catchy, high-energy live set.
Anything else you want to add?
Special shout out to my bandmates! We had rehearsal on Monday, and wow... It sounded goooood. Thanks for literally supporting me and making the music sound its best.
Watch a live performance by Jackie Gage in August 2016, opening for El Debarge and live at Zinc Bar below.
Listen to two tracks from "Siren Songs" below.