“I try to remember to look for the little things,'' says Jackie K, talking about the four-song EP she released on November 26th, 2021, an album she recorded at Riverdale Recorders in Edmonton. “During stressful times, it’s important to find moments of gratitude.”
Look for the Little Things was born from Jackie’s desire to get out of the house after a long winter. The optimistic “Dandelions Everywhere” was written with Evelyn Saungikar in Toronto over ZOOM in February 2021 as they both tried to embrace the promise of spring. The song features ukulele, 12-string guitar, and tenor sax. “Dandelions everywhere / Now the snow has gone. / They tell me better weather’s coming on.”
With the soothing vibe of a lazy day on the veranda, the second song on the EP “Green Heals Me” features folky guitar, jazzy piano, and Jackie’’s plain-spoken lyrics, sung with the candour of a trusted friend. “I spent today living outside in the sunshine / to shake the lack of sleep, and way too much drink,” she begins, before describing the perfume of lilacs, the shade offered by pine trees, and the cool night air that brings relief at the end of a sun-splashed day.
Jackie’s newest single “Nurse Jane,” released on September 30, 2022, tells the story of a troubled nurse that worked at a sanatorium in the Qu’Appelle Valley near Regina during the tuberculosis outbreak at the end of the First World War. Co-produced by Sean Davis Newton, the song, built from Jackie’s memories of time spent at Fort San as a teenager when the site had been repurposed into a Summer School for the Arts, offers a chilling and ghostly retelling of a tragic tale.
Jackie K shines on “Night at the Opry,” the fourth and final song on Look for the Little Things. It was written as a tribute to her late father, who loved country music, and, in February 2020, rose to #4 on the Canadian Indie Country Countdown Top 100.
Raised in Saskatoon, now living in North Battleford, Jackie is a prairie girl from start to finish, and the wide open spaces where she has lived her whole life can be heard in her music. On the third song on her EP, “In My Oasis,” she sings of “A clear blue sky with one white line made by a passing plane / The tops of trees dancing, twisting, listening to the wind.”
Jackie K will be releasing her first full-length album in March of 2023 to coincide with International Women’s Day, 10 songs that she hopes will highlight the spirit of women living through a variety of trials and triumphs.
Jackie K is happy to name gifted songwriters like Brandy Clark, Elvis Costello, Ron Sexsmith, and Nancy Griffith as influences on her work, and she notes that her love of jazz by artists such as Diana Krall and Nina Simone continues to percolate through her songwriting, her recordings, and her performances. When she isn’t writing or performing, Jackie conducts the bands and teaches guitar to high school students at North Battleford Comprehensive High School. Jackie is a member of SaskMusic, SOCAN, BMI, SAC, AFM#553 and the Americana Music Association.