Jackie Johnson Takes The Memphis Sound(TM) On Tour With Huey Lewis

Top Quote Huey Lewis extends offer to Memphis Premiere Female Vocalist Award Winner Jackie Johnson for World Tour! Johnson has performed on Lewis' most recent album, SOULSVILLE, which is a tribute to the Memphis Soul Sound. End Quote
  • Memphis, TN-AR-MS (1888PressRelease) January 02, 2011 - Jackie Johnson, currently female lead vocalist for The Memphis Sound Band ™, is joining the Huey Lewis World Tour, effective January 2011. Johnson performed vocals on Lewis' most recent album which was recorded in Memphis, TN. The album, SOULSVILLE, is a tribute to the Memphis Soul Sound, which is exactly where she excels.

    Jackie grew up in Memphis, TN and began singing in church at the tender young age of 7. From there, she became a featured vocalist throughout the community and region in talent shows, festivals, and clubs, before traveling abroad to display her talents to critical acclaim at international events, including the Poretta (Italy) Soul Festival. She has also received Memphis' Premiere Female Vocalist Award from the National Association of Recording Arts & Sciences (the Grammy™ people).

    Settling down to have a family in Memphis, TN anchored her back in Memphis for a few short years, where - in addition to her responsibilities with The Memphis Sound Band™ - she has continued to perform as a featured vocalist for numerous church and charity events, while simultaneously lending her talents to movie sound tracks (The Great Debaters - Denzel Washington) and too many albums to list here.

    One call can be a game-changer...especially when that call is from none other that Huey Lewis. "The phone rang shortly after Thanksgiving" Jackie recalls "and nothing came up on the caller ID. The voice asked if this was Jackie and I told him it was. He said 'Jackie, this is Huey.' I thought it was Huey's (THE Memphis burger joint) calling me for a Sunday night show. It wasn't." That's an understatement. Now, her phone is constantly ringing and her Facebook page is full of well-wishers. This is a woman who is obviously loved in her hometown.

    While she's away The Memphis Sound™ band will continue to perform, but will primarily schedule around her tours. "We're so happy for this opportunity for Jackie that we don't have any room to miss her...yet" shared Woody Degan, the male lead vocalist for the band. "With Jackie, it was inevitable. That's why I recruited her for this band. She's the best. Some people are great singers; others have a gift from God. When I heard Jackie sing the very first time, I knew which category defined her. And then you get to know her. She's every bit as beautiful inside."

    Jackie has her plane ticket and her itinerary, with rehearsals beginning in January. Tour updates and her blog will be updated at http://www.MemphisSound.com

    For more information, please email service ( @ ) memphissound dot com

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