THE DREAM CON­TIN­UES

Jackie Guy at work on third al­bum since re­turn­ing from 10-year musical hia­tus

Prince Albert Daily Herald - - FRONT PAGE - JOSEF JA­COB­SON @jose­f­ja­cob­son89 • josef.ja­cob­son@pa­her­ald.sk.ca

Jackie Guy at work on third al­bum since re­tun­ing from 10-year musical hia­tus

When Jackie Guy de­cided to record her solo de­but al­bum af­ter tak­ing a 10-year break from mu­sic to raise a fam­ily, she saw it as cross­ing an item off her bucket list. She didn’t ex­pect it to reignite her ca­reer as a record­ing artist.

“Be­fore we were even done re­leas­ing that al­bum I had writ­ten most of the ma­te­rial for the sec­ond al­bum, which I had no plans of re­ally do­ing when I was work­ing on the first one, but the songs came,” the York­ton coun­try singer said.

“Once you catch the mu­sic bug again it’s no longer a choice; you kind of are just meant to do it and you love do­ing it so it comes very easy.”

Five years later Guy is half­way through writ­ing her third record, a six-song EP she hopes to have ready in the com­ing year. Guy said the songs are all dif­fer­ent, but they share a con­cept drawn from the story of her own ca­reer.

“Fol­low­ing dreams I guess is kind of the theme that I’m feel­ing on this one,” she said.

“Go­ing out there and just go­ing for it, not hold­ing back and fol­low­ing your dreams. It’s never to late to do what you want to do, so that kind of is the feel­ing of this al­bum.”

Guy is tak­ing up a three­night res­i­dency at the North­ern Lights Casino from Thurs­day, Sept. 1 to Sat­ur­day, Sept. 3. She will per­form each night at 9 p.m. Guy has de­vel­oped a con­nec­tion to Prince Al­bert, record­ing her pre­vi­ous al­bum at Rich McFar­lane’s Mo­saic Mu­sic stu­dio.

Al­though she’s had the chance to write mu­sic in Nash­ville -- coun­try mu­sic’s cap­i­tal city -- Guy said “you re­ally don’t have to go far” to find tal­ented mu­si­cians in Saskatchewan.

“A lot of peo­ple as­so­ciate great stu­dios and great mu­si­cians with just Nash­ville, but Prince Al­bert and right through­out the prov­ince we’re pretty blessed with amaz­ing mu­si­cians,” Guy said.

“There’s al­ways that joy or ex­cite­ment when you go down there … for the first time and work­ing with peo­ple that are from Nash­ville, but we def­i­nitely have the tal­ent here in Saskatchewan.”

Guy said af­ter a decade’s hia­tus she has re­turned to her musical ca­reer with a sense of ma­tu­rity and a clearer vi­sion and knowl­edge of what she wants to achieve as an artist.

“Many peo­ple go on dif­fer­ent paths through­out their life and I think ev­ery­one has a dream from (youth) and some­times you don’t get to reach that goal when you’re young. But as you get older and more ma­ture, some­times you can come back to those goals and still reach them,” Guy said.

“I just think peo­ple should know it’s never too late and mu­sic’s been one of the big loves in my life so I’ve been able to come back.”

PHOTO COUR­TESY VERON­ICA K PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

York­ton coun­try singer Jackie Guy is com­ing to Prince Al­bert for a three-night stand at the North­ern Lights Casino from Thurs­day, Sept. 1 to Sat­ur­day, Sept. 3.

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