Stacey Jackson has enjoyed a colourful and successful career in music. As a way of investing in the future of an industry that she loves and to which she owes a great deal herself, she has put her full support behind new charity MFY – Music for Youth.
Through MFY Stacey not only encourages children to participate in unique projects, but she also allows them the opportunity to be completely involved in the recording process, working insome of the finest studios in London with top producers, engineers and musicians.
Music for Youth is a national music charity with a worldwide reputation for its work in music education. It provides free access toperformance opportunities for all types of groups performing anymusical style through a nationwide series of festivals and concerts.
Founded in 1970, MFY celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. Since it began, over 2 million young people ranging in age from 4 to 21, have taken partin the MFY Season. Over the years, artists like Evelyn Glennie, Michael Collins, Jason Yarde and Nigel Kennedy have all taken part in MFY’s events. MFY's most impressive strand is the annual Regional Festival Series, which encompasses 70 Festivals held across the UK. These Festivals held each spring have the greatest reach, currently involving around 45,000 young musicians and singers are a great opportunity for groups to perform to new audiences, listen to other groups from their local area and get valuable feedback from the MFY Music Mentors.
To help raise funds for the MFY charity, Stacey has launched a new album – Upside Down - paying tribute to all her favourite Motown tracks. She has linked with the charity and invited some of the most talented musicians from across the country to perform as session musicians on the project.
Working along side these professionals has been a fantastic opportunity for the young musicians who performed on the album and a real once in a lifetime occasion for most of them.
Growing up in Montreal, Canada, Stacey was constantly surrounded by musical influences and from an early age, she showed signs ofbeing a natural organiser and entertainer on stage as well as off.
“I think I always knew what I wanted to do as a child and at the age of 15 I joined a hard rock band called Cold Front, which gave me the chance to play at several venues around the city including the renowned Montreal Spectrum. From here I started to co-write and produce dozens of original songs for the band.
“After winning a place at Concordia, one of Canada’s most distinguished universities for communications Stacey graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in communications withan honours in television and minor in Theatre and Music. Stacey then went on to enjoy an eleven year career in the television industry as well as continuing to build her reputation as a singer – performing in hip venues all over New York City with her band Fuzzy Dice.
Stacey relocated from New York City to Chelsea 10 years ago, where she now lives with her husband and 4 children and she has now returned to herearly career in performing as a means of helping to offer this opportunity to children.
“Aspiring young rock guitarists and bassists, an all-girl choir and a string orchestra all appear on the album, contributing their exceptional musical talents to the project and the kids got so much out of it. Music for Youth is a wonderful charity to be involved with and we’ve really reinvented some classic tracks. I've been very fortunate that I can live my dream and be able to share it with so many talented young musicians. Enabling them to have an experience that they may have never had or even possibly influencing their future in the music industry is just as fulfilling to me as creating the music itself".
All profits from Upside Down will be donated to Music for Youth, with Stacey Jackson as Executive Producer.