British singer/songwriter Lynne Jackaman is now part of a musical legacy that includes some of the greatest musicians of our times.
Following a successful run with her rock and soul outfit Saint Jude, Lynne Jackaman decided it was time to flex her creative muscles with a new challenge and so her latest solo project was born.
It’s fair to say that Jackaman’s debut solo album has been somewhat of a labour of love for the South London originating artist. But like all good things, they come to those who wait, and this has definitely been the approach with this record. Lynne resisted the pressures of the music industry in order to wait until everything was in its right place before unleashing her magnum opus.
And whilst Lynne Jackaman’s debut solo album One Shot, is now getting closer to its full release, in the meantime, the versatile vocalist unveils a brand new four-track EP that will inevitably whet her fans appetite for more of what is to come in the not too distant future.
Having been influenced and inspired by iconic vocalists such as Aretha Franklin, Etta James and Candi Staton, Jackaman dreamed of recording at the legendary FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Of course, when you work hard enough, dreams can come true.
Accompanied by a world-class studio band that features the likes of Spooner Oldham, Clayton Ivey, Bob Wray and Will McFarlane and The MuscleShoals Horns – Jackaman’s dream was realised Stateside and her debut album was born. But for now, Lynne’s fans will have to contend with her latest four-track EP where they will get a taste of the kind of mojo they got working in Alabama.
Firstly, the title track itself “Supernasty” is a track that typifies that distinctive Muscle Shoals sound that we’ve come to know and love. With its funky retro groove and dynamic big band sound, the song sets the tone for the rest of the EP. Lynne’s vocals are a joy to behold. Likewise, the MuscleShoals horns add texture to this astounding opening number. There are so many layers to “Supernasty”, and as the song progresses each is peeled away before the listener.
It’s no surprise that “Supernasty” is currently ‘Single Of The Week’ on BBC Leeds where it’s being played every daily on The Stephanie Hirst Show. The track has also been championed by Craig Charles on his BBC Radio 6 and Radio 2 Shows.
On the other hand, “Copycat” is a more mid-tempo, emotive number with a soulful melody. Again the horns feature prominently, to great effect. The song has a real infectious quality that keeps on drawing you back in. This track in particular showcases just how much of vocal powerhouse Jackaman really is. With each verse, Lynne keeps pushing herself further, whilst simultaneously sinking heart and soul into the number. Without a doubt, there is raw emotion behind each track on the release.
The beauty of this EP is that each song showcases a slightly different musical style that takes the release in a marginally different direction. It goes without saying that Lynne does them all well. And this is particularly the case with the third track “On Your Own”. This being one of the most stripped back songs on the EP featuring only guitar and vocals. The song is a gentle, heartfelt ballad with some intricate guitar work from Jamie Evans. The latter of which also produced the EP, whilst Wayne Proctor worked his magic once again with the mixing and mastering.
The final track on the release is one of the stand out songs on the EP – “Nothing Breaks Like A Heart”. There is a real timeless quality to this track for certain. Lynne’s spellbinding voice coupled with the song’s laid back soulful vibe, poignant and thought-provoking lyrics, and harmonious gospel-tinged backing vocals put this track in a league of its own. Jackaman’s emotive delivery makes you feel every word that she is singing.
With the Supernasty EP, Jackaman has fired not just one but four shots, and they all most certainly hit the target.
The Supernasty EP by Lynne Jackaman will be released on Friday 14th June across most digital platforms. For anyone wishing to ‘support the artist’ and pay for a download then it will be available on Lynne’s bandcamp page. For further details please visit Lynne’s social links below.