CRYSTAL FALLS – The Crystal Theater welcomes Kelly Jackson on stage Saturday, October 8 at 7 p.m. Jackson is an internationally award-winning Native American singer, songwriter, philanthropist and tribal advocate.
A tribal member of the Lac du Flambeau Band, Jackson composes beats that complement his indigenous roots and lyrical messages that invoke empowerment and cultural reflection. Called Native Americana, the genre has roots in folk, jazz, blues, country, hip/hop and rock, all steeped in native influences. She’s shared a stage with some of the greats: Indigo Girls, Wade Fernandez and Bill Miller.
Jackson’s debut album, Spirit of a Woman, won a National Agri-Marketing Association award for Best American Album of the Year; Renditions of the Soul has also received international recognition. Her single “Wake Up” was nominated for the 2017 Native American Music Awards. Another single, “After All This Time”, won #1 on XM World and Indigenous Music Countdowns.
In addition to her work in music, Jackson is co-founder of Spirit of a Woman, a non-profit organization designed to provide personal and professional counseling to women and girls. Jackson and co-worker Danielle Yancey launched the Indigenous Girls Rock Camp, a seven-day music camp for girls ages 8-18 with unique programming that combines music education, performance and leadership development. Girls learn to play an instrument, form a band, write an original song, and perform a live concert.
Jackson’s edgy and moving pieces have been performed in the United States, Canada and Europe.
For the Crystal Theater concert, Jackson will be joined by other musicians on bass, drums, guitar, keyboards, flute and vocals.
Advance tickets can be purchased at Ben Franklin, The Twisted Twig and Crystal Theatre’s Stage Left in Crystal Falls, the Iron County Chamber Office in Iron River, The Music Tree in Iron Mountain, online at thecrystaltheatre.org or by calling 906-875-3208.