Austin-born, idiosyncratic singer-songwriter/guitarist Jackie Venson announced the release of her empowering new album, “Joy,” due out April 5. Venson is an advocate for female empowerment and this pillar belief pervades the new album. With “Joy,” Venson asserts herself as a guitar goddess unashamed of her talent or her plans for the future. Venson will be celebrating the release with a listening party at Native Hostels on Thursday, April 4. The event will have activation throughout the venue, Including vinyl listening stations and artist installations inspired by the album. The official release show will take place at Paramount Theatre on Friday, April 12, presented by Antone’s and KUTX.
“Joy” follows up an exciting 2018, during which Venson released several singles to rave reviews from a number of well-regarded publications including “AfroPunk,” “Grammy.com,” “EARMILK,” “NPR Music,” “She Shreds Magazine” and “Vintage Guitar Magazine.”
“With today’s modern rock overrun by formulaic pop-rock choruses, purposeless guitar solos, and desperate electronic bass integration, Venson sets fire to the faux-rock sounds plaguing the airwaves. With veracity and candor, she has been winning fans over left and right through heartfelt lyrics, a powerful voice and unapologetic guitar work” (EARMILK)
Venson’s new releases combine a staple blend of blues, rock, R&B and soul to create a combustible cocktail that, when mixed with her raw power and warmth, is unforgettable.
She has already supported the likes of Aloe Blacc, Curtis Harding, TV on the Radio, Gary Clark Jr. and Earth Wind and Fire to name a few, as well as performing at a plethora of prestigious festivals including Austin City Limits, SXSW, John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival and Open Air Blues Festival. 2019 is sure to be one of Venson’s most exciting years yet, as she releases new music and expands her audience further and internationally.
Originally a classical pianist, Jackie picked up the guitar, shortly after graduating from Berklee College of Music, and made the giant leap from the tradition of classical music to the raw and gritty blues and soul.
Enthralled with music since the age of 8, this young singer/songwriter/musician instantly captures audiences’ attention with a vibrant musical soul and passionate control of her instruments, that reach far beyond her age. As she mindfully blends Blues, Rock, R&B, Soul and more with her introspective lyrics, the message is clear–when you’re listening to Jackie you hear the “Truth in Music”.
Her live performances revisit what makes music so powerful: emotion and passion. She thrives without the flash, instead favoring a clean sound, genuine soul, and meaningful connection with her audience. Music is not only what Venson does – it’s who she is.
For tickets and more information, please visit jackievenson.com.