THE DREAM CONTINUES
Jackie Guy at work on third album since returning from 10-year musical hiatus
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.”
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.