What did Shakespeare say about the course of true love? Well, Jackie K’s new single “When You Almost Didn’t Love Me” confirms that it does not always run smooth. Falling in love is one thing, but committing to a relationship is quite another, and this upbeat tune with a doo-wop vibe tells the story of how difficult it can be to reach out and grab hold of your destiny.
“When You Almost Didn’t Love Me” is the first single off Jackie K’s new album, She’s A Story, set to be released in March 2023 to coincide with International Women’s Day. This album spotlights the spirit of women living through a variety of trials and triumphs, featuring songs about situations that are familiar yet not always celebrated, all performed with Jackie K’s trademark Canadiana sound. “Madame Sun” is an uptempo Latin number about an elderly woman with a fierce, independent streak that Jackie met while on holiday in Mexico, “Sister of Stone” a gospel number that tells the story of an aunt who didn’t survive childbirth, and “Burnage Lane” a folky ode to her mother-in-law, a woman determined to live life on her own terms, right to the end.
Jackie K is a Prairie girl from start to finish, and the wide-open spaces of Saskatchewan, and the people that inhabit them, find their way into every corner of her songs. Her music has been compared to that of Tami Neilson and Lucinda Williams, and she is happy to name gifted songwriters like Ron Sexsmith and Nancy Griffith as influences on her work. She also doesn’t want us to forget that her love of jazz as performed by artists such as Diana Krall and Nina Simone continues to percolate through her songwriting, her recordings, and her performances.
Jackie K’s previous recording, a four-song EP entitled Look For the Little Things, was a great success, with the song she wrote to celebrate her father’s love of country music, “Night at the Opry,” rising all the way to the number four spot on the Canadian Independent Country Charts in February 2021. Since the EP’s release, Jackie K has received many positive and enthusiastic reviews in Canada, the U.S., and the U.K., having been praised for her “pleasing voice,...familiar and real,” her “brilliantly atmospheric production,” and for songs that feature “a Seventies pop-optimism…that is quite infectious.”