By Kevin Hogencamp
Leesburg resident Faith Jackson not only is one of the Albany area’s most familiar singers, performing two or three gigs around town each week, she’s one of 12 semifinalists in the female singer category in a statewide country music contest at the website www.Georgia-Country.com.
Local favorites Highway 55 (band category), the Dusty Boots Band (band) and Cole Taylor (male singer) also are in the contest, as is the Albany nightspot One Trick Pony (country bar and favorite place to country dance).
Voting continues until noon Sunday, Sept. 4. The top six vote-getters in each category will reach the finals. One vote is allowed for every internet IP address, Blackberry or smart phone. The finalists will be announced at 6 p.m. Sept. 4 on Georgia-Country.com’s Facebook page.
Here is beginning of The Albany Journal’s recent interview with Faith Jackson. The entire interview and additional photographs are at www.TheAlbanyJournal.com.
What is your music background? I grew up with music around me my whole life. My dad along with his siblings all sang gospel music together. I can remember some of the best memories I have as a child were Christmases sitting in my grandpa’s house listening to my dad and my aunts singing. I would sing right along with them at the top of my lungs. My dad was a lover of all kinds of music, so growing up I listened to all types of music, old classic country, Southern rock, blues, everything. I think I knew at a very young age music was what I wanted to do. I can remember hearing Patsy Cline for the first time on my uncle old radio and saying to him, “Who is that, I want to sing like her!” I entered competitions in high school and of course sang in my church choir, but it wasn’t until I lost a baby and needed something in my life to try and make me feel again, because I became numb and cold, that I turned to embrace music completely. I played in Colorado a little while, then decided to get serious, so I moved back home to Georgia to my friends and family and started a band.
Why do you want to record and release your own music? I believe that music is raw emotion, the deepest part of a person’s soul written down in words and sang to a melody. Music is the only thing I can think of that can bring people of all colors, ages, or religion together. Music does not see color, it doesn’t care how old you are, and it doesn’t care about your religion. It can break the hardest hearts, make a grown man cry, and make enemies become friends. That is powerful. I love music for those reasons – it’s medicine for the soul. I can’t think of anything else in the world I would rather do.
Who are your fans? We have seen all ages and backgrounds at our shows. Anyone who wants to have a good time. Most of our fans are female between the ages of 25-55, but the guys are running a close second in the same age group. Our music appeals to both the rock and country crowd.
What are your songs about? I originally titled the CD “My Sins” because of one my favorite songs on the album, which is also titled “My Sins”. But before we released in June, I really started looking at all of the album titles and realized this album really is about different real-life events that myself or the people around me have experienced … everything from just going out and having a good time with friends to having your heart broken, or even falling head over heels for someone you know you probably shouldn’t – LOL! A lot of the songs talk about things like guilt, greed, lust … which are three of the seven deadly sins. But the songs also talk about forgiveness (and) love. I write about things that I see happening around me, and I think we can all agree that in real life we have good days and bad days. I can honestly tell you that if my dad was bad, you got songs like “Ain’t it Ashame”. I wrote that song because someone very close to me was sent home from school because her shirt said “Jesus is My Light”, and in the same day I read an article about a farmer losing his land because of how the economy is right now. It made me feel angry, so I wrote this song to express that. But on a day when everything was going great, when I could go out with friends and have a good time, we wrote “Rock My Country Bone” and “Cowboy Junkie”. I warn my friends all the time, if you hang around long enough…you might find yourself in one of my songs.