RCC SOUNDS🎧 is a community mixtape curated by musicians & music fanatics to lift your spirits during this times.
Today's edition is brought to you by the fantastic Jacqui Sharkey Music: “Right now we are carried through with older music we are drawn to and new fantastic music emerging… Hope in these mad times being the thread [of this playlist]… Hope (And Sanity!)” Find out more about Jacqui and listen to her playlist on our website #linkinbio
With three critically acclaimed albums under her belt, Donegal singer/songwriter Jacqui Sharkey has become a well-known name on the UK and Irish music scene. Raised just south of Glasgow, Jacqui’s music career began as a teenager on the city’s folk scene, and despite pursuing a career in law in her native Donegal, she continued to indulge her passion for music.
In 2011 Jacqui took the leap and recorded her debut studio album, A New Dawn. In the following year she opened for music legend Billy Ocean at the National Concert Hall in Dublin where she received a standing ovation from a packed audience.
Over the years, Jacqui’s voice has been compared to that of Canadian star Anne Murray who was famed for the 1978 hit You Needed Me. It was these comparisons, as well as a chance introduction to the singer, that led Jacqui to perform and produce her own headline show at the National Concert Hall in 2012 celebrating Murray’s music.
Jacqui has been invited to perform and jam with, as well as support, some of the biggest names in Irish music including Moya Brennan, Altan, Paul Brady, Manus Lunny, Tommy Fleming, The Fureys and Goats Don’t Shave. Jacqui’s own writing, both lyrically and musically, reflects not only her multi-instrumentalism, but also her varied influences from folk, Celtic, rock and New Country to a little jazz and pop.
After a brief hiatus from recording, Jacqui released her latest single, Home– a song written by American Singer/Songwriter Karla Bonoff – just a few weeks ago. It was produced by Pat Gallagher (Goats Don't Shave) and engineered by Seamus McGee in Gaoth Dobhair. Jacqui has more singles to come in the coming months, which include more of her own original music, so stay tuned!