Soul’s Shining Light
2015 was a momentous year for soul sensation Lynne Jackaman that saw her release a critically acclaimed four track EP, No Halo, attracting fulsome praise from fans and critics alike. In between studio time, she also managed to fit in a couple of sold out live shows.
Although still in its infancy, this year is shaping up to be even bigger for the London-based singer. Her first solo record is in the can, and next week she will take the stage at London’s Borderline with event organisers dusting down the ‘sold out’ signs. A UK tour is mooted and she has launched a glossy new website.
Here, she reflects on the success of last September’s one night stand at the Barfly, and provides an insight into the studio recording process. Her fans positive reaction to the new material made a huge impact on her. She starts by describing her emotions as she had exited the Barfly stage, her ears assaulted by the sound of rapturous applause.
“I was completely overwhelmed, relieved and just so many different emotions. Because I’ve been working on my album I obviously have lots of material. When I played the Hoxton gig, I played a couple of covers and a St Jude song called Angel.
“This time I made a big decision that, right, this show is completely Jackaman, I’m going to play nothing but Jackaman songs and that’s it.
“It was quite possibly one of the best shows I’ve ever done. It was incredible to see the fans. I attract fans that are massive fans of music. It was amazing to see them respond with such fondness and craziness to tracks they had never heard before.
“I had so much to learn because basically I finished recording and writing the lyrics on about three or four of those tracks that I performed that night, two weeks earlier.
“They had never been played out; they had been performed in the studio and recorded. We had a ten hour rehearsal so it’s testament to the level of musicianship that we showed up and we nailed it and somehow it all worked out. Bar a different drummer, we had the whole band there that played on the EP tracks.”
The new record is in the bag, although more material remains to be recorded and may be added before the finished product is released.
“It’s all recorded, but there’s some other stuff that I want to add to it. I’m also constantly writing so it wouldn’t surprise me if I went in for another session to record even more songs.
“It’s all been very organic, we’ve gone in and done it in stages; sat with the tracks and looked at what we’ve done with them and the ideas of production are based on a garage band. It’s there, it’s just got to be mixed and background stuff.”
Jackaman’ s career trajectory has seen her steady elevation from playing small clubs, fronting soul/rock band St Jude, to the present where she is rightly lauded as the undisputed queen of British soul. The day her new record hits the record store shelves can’t come quick enough.
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JACKAMAN is the new project of rock and soul singer Lynne Jackaman. Her first solo outing, the London-born singer/songwriter – already known for her work as the founding frontwoman of Saint Jude – decided it was time to breathe life into songs that didn’t fit the vibe of her old band, which is currently on hiatus as she pursues a new direction.
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Jackaman is the solo project from Lynne Jackman, who rose to prominence as frontwoman for the rock band Saint Jude, which saw her championed by Q and hailed with “instant melodic appeal,” by the Evening Standard. Now with Jackaman, she is exploring a life-long love for classic soul, funk and blues in a bold new sound to epic effect.