Introducing Lynne Jackaman

If you don’t know about the music and vocal talent of Lynne Jackaman, then you should! This lady is one of my favourite female vocalists and when you hear her sing you will understand why. It was this side of her musical talent that caught my attention when I heard her perform with the band Saint Jude (which I have previously featured on my site, see post Saint Jude – Ladies & Gents EP).

Lynne has recently released a solo EP called ‘No Halo’ under the name of JACKAMAN which I will talk about later in the post as I had the opportunity to chat Lynne about her music, influences and more. This is what she had to say:

Who or what inspired you to become a musician and which musicians have influenced your sound?

I can remember from the age of about 8 experiencing overwhelming urges to sing.  I had always connected with music but I knew that I was born to sing because it gave me so much joy and people stuck around to listen, which helps. 

I can remember having guitar lessons from the age of 10.  I used to drive my teacher crazy as I simply wanted to sing all the time and wouldn’t get much playing done. I then, somehow convinced him that we should write and record. I went into his studio with him at the age of 13 to record my first vocals.  I was so incredibly excited and nervous but loved every minute of it.  I can remember loving vocal harmonies and even at that age would constantly have melodies and harmonies spinning round my head, just waiting to come out.  My guitar teacher then took a chance and invited me into his group to perform in clubs and functions.  This has to be one of the most precious learning experiences I’ve had.  I have never had singing lessons.  I simply taught myself by listening to artists that I love such as Aretha Franklin, Donny Hathaway, Betty Lavette, Tina Turner, Ann Peebles, Betty Davis, Gladys Knight, David Bowie, and Stevie Wonder, just to name a few.  I wanted to hit the notes they were hitting.  It drove my neighbours and parents crazy, I’m sure!

Going out and performing cover songs three nights a week in clubs at the age of 14, also made me appreciate and admire the craft and power of great songwriting.  I then realised that I didn’t just wish to sing, I also passionately wished to write my own songs and discover my own voice and use the song as a platform to express myself.  This is why I call it ‘My Therapy’.

You have a great song writing talent, do you have a set process when writing songs?

Thank you!  Well, to be honest, it varies.   Sometimes I will be on a tube or bus and lyrics will come to me.  I like to start with a song title.  If you have a strong song title it can both attract the listener and also set up the story.  With my recent debut EP – NO HALO, I found that I loved to start with a groove and then ad lib over it.  ‘You Can’t Take Back’ for example, was written melodically and lyrically pretty much on the spot.  Some songs write themselves.  I like to write in the mood that reflects how I am feeling at that time.  ‘HONESTY (can be so cruel) was born that way.  I knew I wanted to write a slower more melancholy track.  The lyrics and melody I 90% ad-libbed on the spot and kept most of them when it came to recording it. There is a magic I find in creating this way.  Trying not to be aware of yourself in the process.  Trying not to judge and over analyse it.  Just feel it.  Soul, funk and blues, is all about the ‘feel’ for me. Without that it usually leaves me cold. I believe you have to give part of yourself and leave it in each song that you write and perform.  I will also just sit at home and write on my piano.  I find this extremely therapeutic.  That’s why I love the human voice so much.  It has the power to resonate and communicate in a way like no other instrument, in my opinion. The most organic instrument of all.

Talking about writing songs, which is your favourite from the new EP and why?

That’s like picking a favourite child. Just like each song reflects a different mood, I like them all at different times.  They were all written and performed from my heart, so they all mean a lot to me.  It’s very interesting to hear my fans feedback on my songs.  It fascinates and pleases me to hear which is their favourite song and why.  To hear that a song you wrote and performed has resonated with somebody else and affected their life is one of the most rewarding things for an artist.   Today my favourite track is ‘Wasted.’ Mainly because I am in a kick arse mood!

I know you have a lot of love for music so I am going to ask this tough question, If you could go to the pub with any two musicians (alive or dead) who would it be and why?

Wow!  That is very difficult.  I am going to say Miles Davis and David Bowie. Both ground breaking, uncompromising, eclectic artists.  Always pushing the boundaries of music and themselves. I think a very interesting conversation could be had.  Although I think I would just sit there and listen.

What are your future plans and goals for your music?

My ultimate goal is to make as much music as possible and be heard by as many people as possible.  Being able to connect with and create music every day is an absolutely blessing.  One which I never take for granted.  I have a travellers heart, so to also see as many places that I have never seen before is also a very big goal.

It will come as no surprise that ‘No Halo’ is a great release! What I always like about the music that Lynne creates is how it blends her love for rock and soul. These styles intertwine to create the foundations of this EP which includes an array of musical layers including funky bass lines, killer riffs and soulful sounds delivered from the keys. The band may sound good as they provide this music but they are overshadowed by the vocal presence of Lynne herself. They say if you’re got it then flaunt it and Lynne does that as she show’s off her full vocal capabilities. Throughout each song she demonstrates power, range and impressive control with each vocal display. The rumours are that most of the vocals for the songs were done in one take, if this is true then that’s some impressive talent!

The lyrics feel like a homage to songs from the motown days especially with my favourite song ‘Honesty (can be so cruel)’. It has that retro honest and heartfelt sound that is delivered to perfection by Lynne’s vocals. This is one of the many reasons why I have always rated what Lynne creates so highly. Another highlight is the song ‘You can’t take back’ which has a more sassy funky vibe about it. It also features some cool saxophone playing, we all love a bit of sax!

Overall, ‘No Halo’ is a wonderful blend of rock and soul that deserves to be in any music fans collection. If that doesn’t win you over then the vocals will as they are killer! I strongly recommend that you head over to iTunes or Amazon to grab a copy of this EP today. Music this good needs to be in your collection!

I know through social media that Lynne lives for the music and it comes to no surprise that she has no plans to stop her runaway music train. Even though this EP has recently been released I will be hoping that we will not have to wait too long for a release (fingers crossed). If you want to find out when this will happen
then head over to her website (click HERE) or alternatively check out her social media sites at Facebook and Twitter. I can confirm Lynne is very active on social media and likes to interact with her fans as well as sharing what she is listening to.

As always, I want to end with the reminder than music needs the support of its fans to continue. So go and spread the word about the music that matters to you and hopefully this will now include the music by Lynne Jackaman.