Canadian singer-songwriter Delta Jackson (formerly Jaclyn Guillou) marked her alternative country debut in April 2018 with a performance in New York that launched her self titled EP, recorded at Real World Studios in England with special guests Ethan Johns (Laura Marling, Ryan Adams, Ray LaMontagne), Jeremy Stacey (Sheryl Crow, The Waterboys) and Mikael Jorgensen (Wilco).
Jackson, already having been previously nominated for a 2016 Juno Award for jazz vocalist of the year, 2016 Western Canadian Music Award nomination for jazz artist of the year, multiple recipient of Factor, Canada Council and BC Arts Council grants along with other Canadian musical achievements had been slowly departing from jazz composition/improvisation and focusing on songwriting, going back to her early country roots.
Inspired by her older cousin, singer Lisa Brokop, Jackson began singing lessons after watching Lisa perform at the Cloverdale Rodeo. As a young girl growing up in the 90s female singer songwriter movement she was being introduced to country music and the great classic singer-songwriters of the 60s and 70s: Emmylou Harris, Gram Parsons, Townes Van Zandt, Linda Ronstadt, Phoebe Snow, Loretta Lynn, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne, John Prine, Bonnie Raitt, Johnny Cash, Bruce Springsteen and Elvis Costello.
Being told over and over again by her music and dance teachers that her innate musicality must be nurtured and not ignored, she later on pursued a career in musical theatre as a way to never have to choose between art forms. Her sister, a former ballerina and her parents, a housing contractor and seamstress, also encouraged such creative activities. Jackson holds a 20 year history as a professional in the Toronto and Vancouver industries as not only a singer, but also a dancer and actor. Canadian, US and European tours built her touring foundation until she found herself wanting to "come home."
As not only a classically trained singer, Jackson has developed into a multi instrumentalist, finding comfort in the keys of a piano, acoustic guitars, electric guitars, percussion and most recently the drum kit.
Her "home coming" has been her debut EP and an album that is currently in progress. Delta Jackson admittedly chalks up her new sound to nothing more than the exposure of a closeted musical artist who has been honing the craft for years and finally found a way to channel her multi instrumentalist nature, finding a full sense of freedom and self expression.