stacy jagger

stacy jagger

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The voice of Stacy Jagger just completely takes one's breath away... Reminiscent of Emmylou Harris, Patti Griffin and Alison Krauss, she has a shimmering quality to her breathy, candy sweet voice and the earthy simplicity she exudes... Absolutely gorgeous.

Biography

Growing up in Nashville, Stacy Jagger saw many music-star hopefuls come to her hometown with big dreams – and leave with dashed ones. But Stacy Jagger had no intention of even remaining in Nashville, let alone of becoming a professional singer-songwriter. If you had told her at age 16 that she would one day make a record that included the likes of musicians Byron House (Johnny Cash, Nickel Creek), Eric Darken (Faith Hill, Amy Grant), and John Catchings (Bob Seger, Dixie Chicks), and her husband, sound engineer/producer, Ron Jagger (Michael W. Smith, Sonic Flood), she would have laughed out loud. Luckily for us, despite her youthful ambitions elsewhere, that is exactly what she has done.

Jagger’s debut album, “Faded Memories,” was quietly released in January 2006, but since then it has generated industry-wide buzz and created fans in countries everywhere from Japan to Belgium. CDBaby describes her record as a delicate and exquisite mix of country folk, bluegrass and Americana….Reminiscent of Emmylou Harris, Patti Griffin and Alison Krauss, she has a shimmering quality to her breathy, candy sweet voice….” Five songs from the album are featured in the award-winning film documentary, “A Journey Home,” and Jagger has begun to co-write with Grammy award-winning hit songwriters.

But the opportunity Jagger is most excited about at present is a recent collaboration with the Ad Deum and Revolve Dance Company in Houston, Texas. Both companies choreographed to Stacy’s music, alongside choreographic works by Hope Boykin of the Alvin Ailey Dance Company, and Steve Rooks of the Martha Graham Dance Company. “I cannot explain the feeling I got by singing my songs on stage with these incredibly gifted dancers interpreting my music. I absolutely love working with the dance community, and I am so honored to have the opportunity to collaborate with such excellent artists.” Jagger explains her enthusiasm, “I guess when I write I always see choreography in my head. I think, too, that the emotion in my singing has something to do with learning to use my whole body with emotion as a dancer, growing up.” In fact, much of Jagger’s love of music originated in the songs she heard first at the dance studio, which may also explain the range of musical styles on her album. “The dance studio was my safe haven from a crazy alcoholic home life,” she recalls, without a trace of bitterness in her voice. “I escaped into music and the arts, mostly dance at an early age, probably starting around age three – tapping to Duke Ellington, ballet classes with Mozart and Tchaikovsky, and jazz classes with Lionel Ritchie and Chaka Kahn. Then I went home and sang old hillbilly and western and trucker songs with my dad who loved The Sons of the Pioneers and Jim Reeves.”

After graduating with a degree in Music from Belmont University, Jagger began teaching dance and voice lessons, finding a deep love for mentoring young artists, with some of her students landing major record deals and performance opportunities. Ironically, during this same time, Stacy and her husband came to a point where they were seeking a simpler, downwardly-mobile life than the frenetic striving they saw all around them. Thus, they embarked on a year and a half of being “commuter pioneers” – working their regular jobs in town during the weekdays, but living a frontier home life in an 1860’s cabin out in the Tennessee countryside. “I wasn’t poor,” Jagger says, “I was just living in a non-electric cabin, taking showers in a converted milk trough, pumping well water for cooking, and stoking fires in the middle the night to keep warm.” She pauses before she adds with a laugh, “And leaving during the day to teach ballroom.” One of her favorite memories is of the night she attended a formal ball in Nashville, and then drove the long, winding way back to the cabin, arriving at the stroke of midnight, just in time to make it to her outhouse, Cinderella ball gown and all!

A down-home girl at heart, Jagger was excited to find, tucked away in her grandmother’s old trunk, a faded black and white photograph of her own family ancestors. It’s the photograph featured on the cover of “Faded Memories,” and it shows her great-grandfather holding a mandolin, her great-grandmother holding Jagger’s grandmother as an infant, and other family and friends gathered around. Captured in one long-ago moment, this is the legacy that this artist and new mother, Jagger, lives in and carries on. Music. Family. And oh yes… Memories.

Lyrics

Livin' Bread Woman

Written By: Stacy Jagger

Livin’ Bread Woman
Stacy Jagger
copyright 1998

Well I’m a livin’ bread woman, and livin’ bread is all I need
I’m a livin’ bread woman, and livin’ bread is all I need
I don’t need you no more baby
Cause honey I was blind but now I see

You see I went to my brother, and I said what’s on your mind
I went to my brother and I said what’s on your mind
He said you know what sister
I think you need a little livin’ bread and wine

And that’s why I’m a livin’ bread woman, livin’ bread’s all I need
I’m a livin’ bread woman, and livin’ bread is all I need
I don’t need you no more baby
Cause honey I was blind but now I see

Look at me now, all drunk in the Lord
Look at me now, all drunk in the Lord
I took one sip of that glory, who’da known he’d keep on
Givin’ me more, and more, and more and more

And now I’m a, I’m a livin’ bread woman, and livin’ bread is all I need
I’m a livin’ bread woman, and livin’ bread’s all I need
I don’t need you no more baby
Cause honey I was blind but now I see

Discography

Faded Memories (2006)

Set List

Select songs from Stacy's debut release, "Faded Memories", and a few choice unreleased songs from her upcoming project "Thoughts In Solitude".