Swift Current's Jacqueline Hudec will be releasing her debut EP Prairie Girl during a launch concert at the Lyric Theatre on Fri. Aug. 29 starting at 8 p.m.
Jacqueline Hudec is an indie roots, singer-songwriter from Swift Current. With a soulful voice and melodic songs, she charms her audience in a blend of country and blues.
The youngest in a large musical family, Jacqueline was influenced by many genres of music. Remnants of these influences are revealed on her debut EP Prairie Girl. The seven original songs on the ep, feature blues guitarist Rob Hudec. He adds a spanish-flavour to the title track of Prairie Girl, and a blues feel to many of the other songs on the album. Also highlighted is the multi-talented Al Hudec, adding tight harmonies, bass and keyboards. Drummer Jason Hellman, harp player Orville Zubot and musician Stephen Kambeitz bring their own musicality to the songs. The album was arranged and produced by Stephen Kambeitz at SKB Project Studios in Richmound.
“He is an amazing producer, he challenges a songwriter to push beyond what he or she thought was possible.”
Jacqueline grew up in the small town of Leader. She moved to Swift Current in 1995 after completing her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from the University of Regina, and began performing as the lead vocalist and rhythm guitar player in the country-rock band, “Cactus Blue”. Along with being a member of a band, she was a featured guest with The Hudec Brothers, Bakersfield, Trick Ryder and The Remainders. She also performed in a country-blues duo with Helen (Gauvin) Phillippi which included great harmonies, guitars, accordion and banjo. The duo played as an opening act at the first Long Day’s Night Festival in 2003.
The same year, Jacqueline headlined The Swift Current Allied Arts Council Connector Concert with the help of other local musicians such as Skip Neufeld, Al Hudec and Helen Phillippi. The show received rave reviews.
“Jacqueline Hudec proved she can be both a tender balladeer and a raunchy blues singer.... She showed her sultry, bluesy side.” (May 2003 SW Booster).
In 2004, she competed and won the title of Swift Current Idol, singing in a two-month competition at The Shack.
In the last couple of years, Jacqueline began focusing on song writing and she discovered a talent for creating catchy melodies.
Co-writing has been an inspiration for the singer/songwriter. Four of the seven songs on her debut album were co-written with other songwriters such as local musicians, Dave Cyca and Denise Wall. From 2003 to 2005, Jacqueline studied song writing with Kim Fontaine at the University of Saskatchewan extension program as well as at Emma Lake with accomplished musicians and songwriters David J. Taylor and Jay Semko (The Northern Pikes). Producer, David J. Taylor mastered Jacqueline’s EP in his Vancouver studio and said, “Jacqueline's songs on this record really hit the mark. I find the production and overall sound of the album perfectly represents the emotional intent of each song. I believe she has a few radio singles on this EP and expect radio will spin her music quite frequently. It was an absolute pleasure mastering this album”.
In addition to working as a Marketing Coordinator at Living Sky Casino, Jacqueline also performs periodically with the SCMA tours, at benefit concerts and at special events at The Lyric Theatre. She was board member of Southwest Cultural Development Group from 2009-11, a committee member of the 2011 SCMA Awards and remains an active member as the President of the SCMA Southwest Chapter and a director on the SCMA Provincial Board.
An Evening with Jacqueline Hudec opens at the Lyric Theatre at 8 p.m. on Friday with the young and talented singer/songwriter Becky Neustaeter. The evening continues with Jacqueline’s set showcasing the songs from Prairie Girl. The set will feature The Hudec Brothers, along with some other special guests. EPs will be available at the show and can be purchased on itunes and her website www.jacquelinehudec.com in mid-August. Advance tickets are available at Pharmasave.