For Jackie Guy, five-time Saskatchewan Country Music association award nominee, music has never been a choice; it’s always been there. Guy’s father was instrumental in encouraging her passion for music, purchasing a bass guitar for her in the fifth grade. Her humble beginnings with the family band led to stints with Young Country and Long Shot, and then to a solo career that continues to present her with songwriting and performing opportunities that have not only surprised her at times but also have developed and challenged her as an artist.
A successful career as a physiotherapist and raising seven children didn’t stop Guy from finding time to pen every song on albums Right Where I Wanna Be, My Red Guitar, and newly released third effort. Her unique style is a perfect blend of Bonnie Tyler, Kelly Willis and Shania Twain. Over the last number of years, she has had the opportunity to MC an event with influences Pam Tillis and Lorrie Morgan, open up for Sawyer Brown and Jess Moskaluke, and to film memorable music videos such as “Bridges”, which was shot in Nashville, Tennessee with Dean Miller, son of country music icon Roger Miller. She prides herself on casting friends and family in her music videos: “I’m not about being superficial. I want my videos to be memories of people I love and cherish that I can watch when I’m old and smile.”
I Did It Anyway, a collaborative production with Mosaic Music (P.A.) and Beaird Studios (Nashville) was released on February 5, 2019. During the writing of this album, Guy's father passed away from cancer. "Dedicating this album to him made perfect sense. It has been the most challenging of my three albums to complete," she says.
Guy plans to return to Nashville and complete a tour in the U.S. to promote the new album. With more connections made stateside and in Europe, she looks forward to expanding her music beyond Canada's borders.
The Jackie Guy Band
McFarlane has over twenty years of experience in the music industry. After touring with The Poverty Plainsmen and playing with the Edmonton Symphony, Sierra Noble, the Regina Symphony, Brad Johner and Sue Medley, Rich opened Mosaic Music, a music store, school and recording studio in Prince Albert, SK. When not teaching , Rich is an award-winning producer and engineer, having earned multiple SCMA Awards including Producer of the Year and Studio of the Year.
Gratias is a talented studio musician who has performed with Martin Janovsky and many others, and is presently a member of the band Misdeal.
Jonassen has been active in many bands over the years, sharing the stage with Brad Johner, Donny Parenteau, Darlene Tuleta, JJ Voss and many others and presently resides in Prince Albert, SK.
Salkeld has worked as a professional musician for over 35 years. He received his early musical education in Saskatoon and Toronto before moving on to a career with the Canadian Forces Music Branch. As a member of the Forces, he performed and wrote music for numerous military, government, and public functions throughout North America and Europe. Since retiring from the Forces in 2012, he resides in Saskatoon and freelances as both a writer and performer.