At the beginning of our catch-up with the singer/songwriter, TV presenter, and entrepreneur Stacey Jackson, she jokes about cloning herself. With her vast influence over various industries, Jackson stays persistent and focused on all her endeavors while being a mother.
In the light of her most recent single ‘Flipside,’ Jackson mentions her regular shoots for her television show ‘Stacey Jackson In The 80s’ and most notable influences from Donna Summers to Duran Duran, and future plans including two upcoming projects.
Thank you Stacey Jackson for taking the time to answer some of our questions for us, could you start us off by just telling us what you been up to since New Year?
2022 is already very exciting for me as I just finished my book which I believe will come out the latter part of this year. I’m also just about finished two studio EPs while in lock down so 2022 sees the release of that. But I also regularly shoot Stacey Jackson in the 80s on Sky, which airs weekly, and I write every episode. So, I’m on skids a lot… I’ll have to clone myself; I think!!
As a singer/songwriter, who are some of your most notable influences?
I’m a huge 80s girl…As a teen, I loved the hard rock of the early 80s so I would say Whitesnake, Van Halen, Def Leppard, Guns N roses. But then I transitioned into dance and pop music because the beats were perfect for working out in the gym and I’m obsessed with fitness. So literally anyone from Donna Summers and Kool and the Gang to Duran Duran and A-Ha.
Being an incredibly inspirational woman, not only are you a singer/songwriter, but also an entrepreneur, TV presenter and mother of four, how do you manage to balance and find the time to work on everything?
Aw thank you, but like I mentioned before, I sometimes feel like I have to clone myself! Even the opening lyric to Flipside is “If I had a superpower, I’d split myself in two.” When you are a mom and when you want to build your career and become an entrepreneur, that can be extremely challenging, and sometimes even scary – especially at a later age when the kids are grown up it seems like it may be too late for your dreams to come true.
There are going to be times when it is going to be challenging and difficult, but you need to stay persistent and as focussed as possible. Things don’t happen overnight, and if you want to achieve everything you’ve dreamed of, you should not give up no matter how hard it gets.
How much do you think your roles in these other areas have influenced your work as an artist?
Immensely. I specifically think that being a bit older in my industry is an advantage. I’ve literally lived through many genres and eras of music. Also, navigating four kids one really needs to compartmentalize. I think it’s important. And I’ve learned to do that over the years. Being a creative, I love the feeling of developing and making things that never existed before — not just with my music but even when creating my line of sports tops, StaeFit, I was very involved in the process and was able to pull on a lot of what I learned navigating the music business and juggling four kids into developing the brand.
A lot has changed since your first release back in 2010. How would you describe the way your music has developed and evolved since then?
I feel like I’ve grown a ton in the last dozen years. I’ve been super lucky working with incredible co-writers and producers on my tracks and also listening to veterans in the biz. I also think that the countless hours in the studio honing my craft helped me to grow in the industry.
Which current artists doing great things at the moment do you really get inspiration from?
With the music industry still being such a hugely male-dominated profession, is there any advice you would like to give to young female artists trying to start their career in the world of music?
There are going to be times when it is going to be challenging and difficult, but you need to stay persistent and don’t take no for an answer. When one door shuts another one will open. And you need to surround yourself with a good group of people that are going to be there for you and that is going to support you no matter what you are doing. They are going to be the backbone of your achievement, and they can guide you or just be there for you, no matter if you are climbing the stairs to success, or if you just need to take a break.
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