Lynne Jackaman (Saint Jude)

Lynne Jackaman - Saint Jude

OK, hands up, who hasn’t got Diary of a Soul Fiend or seen Saint Jude live yet? Really? What on earth have you been doing for the last two years? Go straight to jail. Do not pass go and do not collect £200.

Saint Jude were brought to the general attention of the rock community when Classic Rock magazine featured them on their ‘Ones to Watch in 2011’ covermount CD and the booklet that cameDiary of a Soul Fiend cover with it. (Actually, it was a cracking disc, as freebies go. It also featured, among others, The Treatment, Rival Sons and the Black Spiders.) One listen to ‘Soul on Fire’ and I was hooked. It’s rock ‘n’ roll in the finest Stones and Faces tradition, and it’s made truly special by the vocals of Lynne Jackaman – sometimes rasping, sometimes sweet, always soulful (Janis Joplin anyone?). I once heard someone say: “Saint Jude are what the Black Crowes would sound like if they had better songs and a female singer.” And he was a Black Crowes fan!

Having seen them at both the Steelhouse Festival and the High Voltage Festival , I can also vouch for the quality of their live performances.  “Maximum rock ‘n’ soul!” as they say! We were absolutely delighted, then, when Lynne agreed to take the Words and Music Q&A.

LJ Saint JudeHello, Lynne. What does rock music mean to you?
High energy, to do it like you mean it and give it some balls!  It’s great to get the crowd going and make them leave with a great feeling and memory.

First artist to make an impression on you?
It would have to be Aretha Franklin, Her voice, songs, production, everything are in perfect harmony with each other.  She is the Queen of Soul, after all.

An album, song or lyric that means a lot to you?
I am a huge Donny Hathaway and Leon Russell fan, so It would have to be ‘A Song For You’ from the Donny Hathaway album.  The lyric that crushes me in this is:

I love you in a place where there’s no space or time
I love you for my life you’re a friend of mine
And when my life is over
Remember when we were together
We were alone and I was singing this song to you

Beautiful!

An artist who’s stayed with you over time?
Levon Helm

Dylan or Morrison?Saint Jude t-shirt
It would have to be Dylan, his lyrics and delivery really captured my heart. I am also a huge fan of The Band. If you haven’t seen the music DVD called The Last Waltz, you MUST!

You have a great rock voice, but being a woman in rock means that people sometimes focus on your appearance. Does that bother you?
Being a woman has never been a problem.  Trust me, men in rock are as vain as any woman and are expected to look as good!

Do you think it’s harder for a woman to make it in rock?
No.

Your best encounter with an artist as a fan?
It would have to be with Lemmy from Motörhead.  I sat with him in his dressing room just before he took to the stage at Brixton Academy.  He listened to my album and said some really complimentary things.  It was very surreal and he is awesome, the real deal.

Your most notable gig as an artist?
It would have to be Bospop in Holland.  It was raining when we hit the stage so the crowd were subdued.  Fifteen minutes into our set they were all jumping and clapping and we ended up playing to 25,000 screaming people!  Such a great audience and atmosphere!

Sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll – jaded stereotype or the meaning of life?
It depends whose life you are referring to.

Is there a particular piece of music, or album or performance for which you would most like to be remembered?
I loved our performance of ‘Down And Out’ at RockPalast in Germany in 2010.  We were on fire and the audience was incredible. One of those gigs where everything flows.  Here’s a link to the show: http://www.wdr.de/tv/rockpalast/extra/videos/2011/0325/saint_jude.jsp
Check it out!

And finally, what are you up to at the moment?
We are three weeks into our Pledge Music campaign and it is going great!  We have already exceeded our target by 172%, and it’s still climbing.  Our fans have been amazing!  I have to say, I can’t wait for them to hear the new Ladies & Gents EP. There are some very special moments!

We’re also going to play a private rehearsal gig for the fans who Pledge in London on 19th March 2013, so please help spread the word.  Folks can find all the details by visiting www.pledgemusic.com and searching out Saint Jude. We are also working on our second album, which is coming along nicely, and we’re extremely excited. It will be released next year.  2013, the year of Saint Jude!

Saint Jude CR awards

THANKS LYNNE!

For more on Saint Jude, please visit the official website: http://www.saintjudemusic.com/

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