Jackie Guy, a five-time Saskatchewan Country Music association award nominee, is about to release her third CD.
“The creation of this album revolves around two of my favourite songs,” Guy explained to Yorkton This Week. “The first is ‘I Did It Anyway’ and the second, ‘He’ll Feed Me’.
“The album truly is a testament to persevering through life no matter what’s thrown in your path and trusting that God will provide what is needed to get you where you’re meant to go. That pretty much sums up my four-year journey to create this collection of new songs.”
Although a few songs on this album have already been released as singles to radio, Guy’s next release will be ‘Got Away’ on Jan. 8, in both Canada and the U.S. The full album will be released in February with a party at the Painted Hand Casino on February 22, with special guest Harreson James.
Guy, who lives in Yorkton, said her music always traces back to her father.
“There was one person in particular who influenced my love for country music and that’s my father,” she said. “He bought us our first family instruments (guitar, organ, fiddle) and when I was ten, my very own bass guitar. Growing up in a family of nine children, I can see now how he slowly created his own family band and almost before we could drive he was taking us to our first gigs and acting as driver, set-up crew and sound man. He loved it, and I’m grateful for the opportunities that presented themselves.”
That influence was profoundly felt on the newest recording.
“During the writing of this album, my father passed away from cancer, so dedicating this album to him made perfect sense,” said Guy.
The loss and other roadblocks that arose made the latest recording more trying to complete.
“This album has been the most challenging of my three albums to complete,” said Guy.
“Even before starting, I put a lot of time and effort into submitting a grant proposal in hopes of receiving funding to create and complete the album, but like so many previous applications was not successful.
“However, I decided to carry on with my plan even though I knew that with seven children, two of whom are in university, timelines would be difficult to adhere to, as they competed with family priorities and financial resources.
“This album has taken four years to complete, although I’ve continued to release singles to radio since the My Red Guitar album was released in early 2015.”
Maybe because of the extended period of creation, Guy said the new album is a bit different from her previous efforts.
“I Did It Anyway is different from my past albums as it includes co-written songs and production and collaboration from two studios rather than just one,” she said. “For the past nine years I’ve worked with producer Rich McFarlane at Mosaic Music in Prince Albert. After working with Dean Miller on my single and video, ‘Bridges’, in 2015, I connected with the Beaird Studio Group in Nashville. This album is the result of collaboration with both of these amazing studios and I am thoroughly happy with the final CD as two heads are always better than one when creating new music.”
Guy said, looking forward, “my hope is to return to Nashville next year and complete a tour in the U.S. to promote the new album. With more connections made stateside and in Europe, I look forward to expanding my music beyond Canada’s borders.”
To follow her travels and her music check out her website www.jackieguy.com or follow her on social media: @jackieguymusic