“Joy showcases both Venson’s spellbinding guitar skills and her unique ability to blend blues, rock, R&B and soul into a idiosyncratic sound that’s unmistakably hers” (Guitar Player Magazine)

“It’s exciting, it’s inspiring, and it sounds absolutely incredible.” (Substream Magazine)

“Jackie Venson is truly an Austin legend in the making. An accomplished guitarist and talented singer to boot, she collaborates with some of the best instrumentalists and artists in Austin, Texas on a regular basis and continually uses her platform to put people on.” (Forbes)

“With raging guitar work, a strong and eclectic bassline, and a breathy and edgy voice, “Witchcraft” is a song about female empowerment that really rocks, but not in the usual way we’ve been accustomed to as of late. The odd time-signature is surrounded by laser sharp guitar licks, random, but effective synth, and a call for woman to resist the status quo.” (Pancakes and Whiskey)

“[She] demonstrates how fierce of a performer she is, with a natural stage presence and the skills to back it up. ” (NPR)

“Jackie Venson continues to morph into a soul’d up St. Vincent and we couldn’t be more excited for it. Venson’s latest dynamite single is “A Million Moments,” a revved up blast of electro-soul …that pairs Venson’s thrilling guitar work and powerful vocals with booming synths and both electronic and live drums.” (OVRLD)

“With today’s modern rock overrun by formulaic pop-rock choruses, purposeless guitar solos, and desperate electronic bass integrations, Venson sets fire to the faux-rock sounds plaguing the airwaves. With veracity and candor, she has been winning fans over left and right through heartfelt lyrics, a powerful voice and unapologetic guitar work” (EARMILK)

 “NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE WITH THIS SELF-EMPOWERMENT ANTHEM BY SOUL SINGER JACKIE VENSON.” (Afropunk)

“The prolific guitarist/vocalist combines rhythmic groove, smooth vocals and a killer guitar solo, all of which speak to her raw and multifaceted talent.” (Culture Collide)

“The Austin native’s stage presence exudes joy and excitement for life as her blues-y, rock ‘n roll sound carries this tune about freedom and self-acceptance. Her delicate, yet mesmerizing voice and the ease with which her fingers find all the right notes along her guitar’s neck will have your head in the clouds.” (VIBE Magazine)

Jackie Venson is one of the most talented up and coming blues guitarists of her generation. With a gorgeous singing voice, a guitar style that is both dynamic and technically precise, and music that blends genres, she is one to watch out for.” (She Shreds)

“..A player who loves to explore multiple genres and mix them together into compelling musical hybrids.” (Guitar Player)

“…A deeply passionate singer and guitar player who truly feels every word she sings and every note she plays. Every once in a while, her progression will sound faint of stunning classics like Jeff Buckley.” (Baeble Music)

Check out Austin-born, idiosyncratic singer-songwriter Jackie Vensonand her new album, Joy, out April 5, 2019, which premiere on Guitar Player Magazine.  Forbes just named her one of   “15 Women-Fronted Musical Acts Getting Their Due At SXSW 2019” alongside Billie Eilish.  She has been named “Best Guitarist” in the Austin Music Awards. She is third woman in 37 years and first African American woman to do so. Show dates HERE.

LISTEN TO JOY

Female empowerment and finding joy in even the darkest times are pillar beliefs for Jackie Venson. Venson asserts herself as a guitar goddess unashamed of her talent or her plans for the future. Venson will be celebrating Joy’s release with a listening party at Native Hostels on April 4th. The event will have activation throughout the venue, Including vinyl listening stations and artist installations inspired by the album. The official  release show will take place at Paramount Theatre on April 12th.

The track and album follow up an exciting 2018, during which Venson released several singles to rave reviews from a number of well-regarded publications including AfroPunk, Grammy.com, EARMILK, NPR Music, She Shreds Magazine and Vintage Guitar Magazine.   Venson’s new releases combine a  staple blend of blues, rock, R&B and soul to create a combustible cocktail that, when mixed with her raw power and warmth, is unforgettable.

She has already supported the likes of Aloe Blacc, Curtis Harding, TV on the Radio, Gary Clark Jr and Earth Wind and Fire to name a few, as well as performing at a plethora of prestigious festivals including Austin City Limits, SXSW, John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival and Open Air Blues Festival. 2019 is sure to be one of Venson’s most exciting years yet, as she releases new music and expands her audience further and  internationally.

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