BIOGRAPHY
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      South     of     Glasgow,     Jacqui’s     music career   began   as   a   teenager   on   the   city’s   folk scene.      Despite   re-locating   to   Donegal   where she   pursued   a   career   in   law,   music   has   always been her passion. Away   from   the   courtroom,   Jacqui   held   centre stage    fronting    local    rock    and    pop    band    The Jury’s   Out    both   as   lead   singer   and   keyboard   player.      Over   the   years,   Jacqui   took   to   the stage   regularly   as   a   singer   and   as   a   musical   theatre   star   in   productions   such   as   Florence in Chess, Satine in Carry On Moulin Rouge and Nancy in Oliver. In   2011   Jacqui   took   the   leap   and   recorded   her   debut   studio   album   A   New   Dawn.      In   the year   following,   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.      On   this   visit   to   the   the   venue,   Jacqui   headlined her own sold-out celebration show of the life and music of Anne Murray. It’s   those   deep,   rich   tones   in   Jacqui’s   voice   that   makes   her   a   versatile   artist   straddling   the genres   of   Folk,   Americana,   Pop   and   Jazz.      As   a   result   of   her   ability   to   cross-over,   Jacqui has   been   invited   to   perform   and   jam   with,   as   well   as   support,   some   of   the   biggest   names in   Irish   music   including   Maire   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. As   her   popularity   on   the   Irish   and   Northern   Irish music   scene   grew,   Jacqui   quickly   followed   up   her debut   album   A   New   Dawn    with   Love   And   Other Things     in    2014.        Love    And    Other    Things     was produced    by    well-known    musician    Manus    Lunny who   also   features   on   the   tracks   alongside   some   of the country’s best known musicians. At   the   end   of   2015,   Jacqui   released   Shine    which   included   Take   Me   To   Paris ,   her   hugely popular collaboration with local Donegal singer/songwriter Shunie Crampsey. Having   just   completed   recording   the   first   single   off   her   forthcoming   album,   Jacqui   is staying   true   to   her   unique   and   distinctive   sound   whilst   giving   fans   the   opportunity   to   hear her own interpretation of a well known hit. Under   the   guidance   of   music   manager   and   promoter   John   Rogers -   best   known   as   the   former   long-term   manager   of   Van   Morrison   - Jacqui’s   latest   release   is   a   contemporary   version   of   Mike   Scott’s Whole   Of   The   Moon ,   made   famous   in   1985   by   Scottish   folk   rock band   The   Waterboys.      Jacqui’s   version   of   The   Whole   Of   The Moon    was   produced   in   Donegal   by   Goats   Don’t   Shave   frontman Pat    Gallagher    who    also    plays    on    the    track    alongside    Jacqui, bassist     James     Blennerhasset,     drummer     and     percussionist Brendan Carthy, and Nashville based guitarist, Tim Galloway.
© Jacqui Sharkey 2017
Jacqui Sharkey
Jacqui Sharkey
© Jacqui Sharkey 2017
BIOGRAPHY
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    South   of   Glasgow,   Jacqui’s music   career   began   as   a   teenager on   the   city’s   folk   scene.      Despite re-locating   to   Donegal   where   she pursued   a   career   in   law,   music   has always been her passion. Away   from   the   courtroom,   Jacqui held    centre    stage    fronting    local rock   and   pop   band   The   Jury’s   Out   both   as   lead   singer   and   keyboard player.        Over    the    years,    Jacqui took    to    the    stage    regularly    as    a singer    and    as    a    musical    theatre star      in      productions      such      as Florence   in   Chess,   Satine   in   Carry On    Moulin    Rouge    and    Nancy    in Oliver. In   2011   Jacqui   took   the   leap   and recorded   her   debut   studio   album   A New   Dawn.      In   the   year   following, 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.      On   this   visit to   the   the   venue,   Jacqui   headlined her   own   sold-out   celebration   show of    the    life    and    music    of    Anne Murray. It’s     those     deep,     rich     tones     in Jacqui’s    voice    that    makes    her    a versatile      artist      straddling      the genres    of    Folk,    Americana,    Pop and   Jazz.     As   a   result   of   her   ability to    cross-over,    Jacqui    has    been invited   to   perform   and   jam   with,   as well     as     support,     some     of     the biggest     names     in     Irish     music including     Maire     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. As   her   popularity   on   the   Irish   and Northern   Irish   music   scene   grew, Jacqui     quickly     followed     up     her debut    album    A    New    Dawn     with Love   And    Other    Things     in    2014.      Love     And     Other     Things      was produced   by   well-known   musician Manus   Lunny   who   also   features   on the   tracks   alongside   some   of   the country’s best known musicians. At     the     end     of     2015,     Jacqui released     Shine      which     included Take    Me    To    Paris ,    her    hugely popular     collaboration     with     local Donegal   singer/songwriter   Shunie Crampsey. Having    just    completed    recording the   first   single   off   her   forthcoming album,   Jacqui   is   staying   true   to   her unique   and   distinctive   sound   whilst giving   fans   the   opportunity   to   hear her    own    interpretation    of    a    well known hit. Under     the     guidance     of     music manager      and      promoter      John Rogers   -   best   known   as   the   former long-term       manager       of       Van Morrison   -   Jacqui’s   latest   release is   a   contemporary   version   of   Mike Scott’s   Whole   Of   The   Moon ,   made famous    in    1985    by    Scottish    folk rock       band       The       Waterboys.       Jacqui’s   version   of   The   Whole   Of The      Moon       was      produced      in Donegal    by    Goats    Don’t    Shave frontman   Pat   Gallagher   who   also plays     on     the     track     alongside Jacqui,             bassist             James Blennerhasset,       drummer       and percussionist   Brendan   Carthy,   and Nashville      based      guitarist,     Tim Galloway.
© Jacqui Sharkey 2017
Jacqui Sharkey
Jacqui Sharkey