Portrait of the Artist: Stephanie Jackson

Many artists, both of the visual and performing varieties, will go for years – possibly their entire careers – without being noticed. The ones who do receive acclaim are often the beneficiaries of: 1. Luck; 2. aggressive marketing, and/or 3. talent.

Stephanie Jackson falls into category #3.

Don’t be fooled, she has certainly worked hard to get to where she is today. She has availed herself of all of today’s promotional outlets: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and a very informative website. And, of course, there is a little luck in everything thing that we do. But, man, this lady is TALENTED!

Jackson, who recently re-located to Starkville after spending 17 years in Oklahoma City, has already made great strides in entrenching herself in the cultural community of the Golden Triangle. She has quickly become a regular performer at various venues throughout the Golden Triangle.

Jackson, who began performing publicly when she was 11, grew up in a musical household. Her mother, Martha Pipkin, was an opera singer and a pianist, and she taught piano to Jackson from the time she was a young girl. She began playing guitar in 1973. In addition to a number of years of private lessons, Jackson studied classical guitar under Bunyan Webb, and participated in masters classes with Andres Segovia and Leo Brower.

When asked which musicians inspired her, Jackson cited John Mayer, Eric Clapton, Michael Jackson – for his work ethic; and Tommy Emmanuel.

In addition to classical music, she also plays rock, pop, Latin, jazz, and classics on classical guitar. When pressed to name her favorite genre of music to play, Jackson chose classic rock, because “it’s what I grew up on.”

Jackson has taught college-level guitar and music courses and has traveled to various cities throughout the country to participate in music seminars, concerts, and recordings. A prolific songwriter, she has written music for various artists, and four of her 11 collections are entirely original compositions. (stephaniejackson.com)

In addition to the aforementioned club gigs, Jackson will be performing in a holiday concert entitled “Hymns and Carols for Christmas” on November 30, at Carrier Chapel on the Mississippi University for Women campus. The concert, which will also feature Courtney Blackwell on cello and gospel and R & B vocalist Stephanie Stubbs, begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. In addition, guests are asked to bring a canned food item for Helping Hands. For more details or to purchase tickets, e-mail beverly.columbusarts@gmail.com or call (662) 328-2787.

In addition to her impressive website, stephaniejackson.com, Jackson can also be reached on Facebook (www.facebook.com/stephaniejacksonmusic).

Although you can hear this talented musician’s recording on her website, as well as on iTunes and CDBaby, there’s no substitute for hearing her live. Once you do, you will be hooked!

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