About Jacquie Drew
Born in Saint John, NB, Jacquie Drew began her musical training at age 4, and was taught to play chords on piano by her singing and songwriting mother. The middle of three musical daughters, Jacquie and her family moved to Alberta during the oil boom years, settling in Calgary, where she took piano lessons and played in school bands.
Times were hard in Alberta, and Jacquie realized that a business degree would be her ticket to supporting herself. She soon started her own successful marketing consultancy, which gave her the flexibility to take on support roles in bands and learn several other instruments to stretch her creativity. In 2008, Jacquie’s performing skills and music repertoire had reached a level where she was confident that she could front her own act, and she put her marketing and business skills into action.
She released her debut CD, Rolling Wind, in June 2008. The album contained 10 tracks, including 8 written by Jacquie, and was produced with all-Canadian talent in Calgary. It was received with excellent media reviews, including a “Top 12 DIY” selection in Nashville’s Performing Songwriter Magazine. It also garnered radio airplay on CBC, CKUA and Golden West Radio, and launched Jacquie’s solo performing career.
Jacquie completed her second album, Red Hot Candy Heart, in late 2010 with a radio release in January 2011 . The CD featured 10 original tunes, solo-penned by Jacquie, musically crossing from country to swing. The album was produced by her then bass-player, Lawrence Ball. In February 2011, the album achieved a #4 national rank on the folk/root/blues charts.
Jacquie’s third album, “The Boss is a Woman” was released in January 2015, and received airplay on over 40 radio stations across Canada. The album featured 11 original tunes solo-penned by Jacquie Drew was recorded with talents of her band at the time – “the Crew.” Performances on this album reflected her leadership and growing confidence as an entrepreneurial musician – and allowed Jacquie to build her and her band’s stage performance quality through bringing in professional performance coaches out of Nashville and LA.
By late 2017, Jacquie decided it was time to stop worrying about keeping a band working, and focus on original music. She disbanded the Crew and got back to songwriting, facilitated by several trips to Nashville to find collaborators and take seminars. By late 2019, she was ready to record, and travelled back to Nashville in December. There she recorded a very unique solo album, “Lifelong Truth” – her fourth album of original songs.
2020 and 2021 has been very active for Jacquie! In 2020, she launched a new community-based entertainment non-profit organization called Community Isobreaker, staging over 60 events with outdoor entertainment using volunteer entertainers all over Calgary. She also began hosting weekly Nashville-style outdoor jams (where everyone joins in, and takes turns leading the songs) and touring these around Calgary and area to outdoor green spaces.
Jacquie released her latest album, Lifelong Truth in fall 2021, and it reached #6 on the national folk roots chart (#1 at CJSW in Calgary). Because of pandemic restrictions, she toured only around Southern Alberta, doing free pop-up shows in various green spaces.
Jacquie’s latest development is the addition of powerful live looping to her show – allowing her to really showcase her range of multi-instrumental and vocal harmonizing talents. Much the way Ed Sheeran does his shows, Jacquie lays down her own bass, percussion, rhythm and keyboards…and layers on vocal harmonies and lead guitars. Her next quest: learning the violin so she can loop it into a full string section! This woman is always a moving target. Click to check out her latest videos.