Jackie Tice Biography:
Jackie Tice is a mixed Chickamauga Cherokee and East European songwriter, artist, educator, international Peace advocate and mother of two teenagers. Tice fuses her diverse roots, exposing the delicate and essential relationship of nature and human nature. From being raised in a steel-mill town during Pennsylvania’s industrial boon to her subsequent travels exploring mountains and canyon lands across North America, Tice’s original award-winning songs and moving Native Flute compositions have been critically praised, honored, and featured in radio, film and performance venues from the Hawaiian Isands to the United Nations. Upcoming tours to Africa and the Middle East are being planned.
Winner of the 2006 Indian Summer Music Award for best Pop song (Second Skin) and the National Kerrville Award for Emerging Songwriters, among others, Tice is a unique voice among acoustic performing artists. Her 2005 CD, Second Skin, is produced by two-time Native American Grammy winner, Bill Miller, who writes, “Hers is a voice that needs to be heard – her songs are as poetic as they are powerful.” Tice’s recent release, MorningSky Drum Song, places her fully into Native American music genre and includes only sparse percussion to accompany her original Native Flute and guitar-based compositions. Greg Clayton of Spirit Horse Productions, Australia, in a recent review of this CD, claimed, “…[Tice is] one of the most open and expressive vocal artists in the USA today.”
Tice’s work is included, along with her collaborations with Peter Buffet (Dances With Wolves, 500 Nations), in the upcoming full length documentary, For The Next Seven Generations. Her song, Into the Fire, is included on the soundtrack CD of A Dance for Bethany, which won the 2007 Faith and Film Motion Picture Festival 'Best of Fest' award.
An active proponent for Peace, Tice performed by invitation at the 2006 United Nations International Day of Peace in New York City. Her song, Trail of Tears, was heard by thousands there, including celebrity Peace Ambassadors Michael Douglas, Jane Goodall, Yo Yo Ma and Sheika Heya Rashed Al Khalifa, President of the 61st General Assembly of the UN. In December, 2008, she was invited and welcomed by Republic of Korea Parliament member, Sunggon Kim, to open the high-level UN conference entitled, Cooperation between the UN and World’s Religions, at UNICEF’s Laboisse Hall. In 2009, Tice’s music opened and closed the Department of Public Information’s NGO Briefing on the UN General Assembly’s declaration of 2009 as the International Year of Reconciliation.
Tice is the Founder and Artistic Director of All Nations Peace, an International gathering of Indigenous musicians and performance artists from the Four Directions of the Earth, presenting concerts together as a World Tribal Peace Council in the spirit of Mitakuye Oyasin – the Indigenous Lakhota phrase that translates in English to "We Are All Related."
Jackie maintains a busy touring schedule and is also a certified teaching artist of the Art as a Way of Learning educational curriculum. As well, Tice is a rostered artist with the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts/Arts in Education program, presenting residencies in Songwriting, Art For the Sake of Peace and Medicine Wheel Teachings for Conflict Resolution.
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An Important Voice Among American Songwriters
Radio programmers from New York City and Boston to Chicago and San Francisco have heralded Jackie Tice with banners like, “Best new songwriter”, and “A stand-out!”
With the release of her most recent CD, Second Skin, Tice has made full use of her award-winning
performing and song writing skills. Produced by 2005 Native American Grammy Winner, Bill Miller, in a
week-long studio marathon in Bucks County, PA, Tice steps up and out with ten songs spanning pop-rock, jazz and
folk styles. Jamey Haddad, percussion, (Paul Simon, Lenny Kravitz, Dave Liebman) and Pete Cummings, electric
guitar, (Tanya Tucker, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley), are among the luminaries who helped create this sonic
landscape framing Tice’s lyrical story songs. "She writes songs with messages," says Miller. "Her music has elements of jazz and rock.
Hers is a voice that needs to be heard and her songs are as poetic as they are powerful."
"Lyrically brave" is how Acoustic Guitar magazine describes the music of Jackie Tice, adding, "Tice's songs
capture instances of universal recognition and appeal. Her ode to a Dublin pub, 'The Marijo Tonight,' is a guitar
player's 'Piano Man,' and as bittersweet as John Prine's 'Angel from Montgomery,'
A Kerrville New Folk Award-winner, the co-mingling of Tice's Native American and
Old European roots informs her musical and lyrical points of view, carefully combing through subjects from Shakespearian love to the call of coyotes.
She's been called "an eloquent storyteller whose songs elevate common experience with subtle layers of meaning,"
(Richard Fox, WCUW), and an artist with "a poet's touch," writing about "complex, believable characters who grow
more vivid with each listen," (R.A.B. Perch, Folk Acoustic Music Exchange.)
Raised in a Pennsylvania steel mill town with a family of twelve, Tice grew up fast and with enough songwriting fodder “to last a lifetime,” she says. Forays into social work and college music
theory eventually led her back to performance and songwriting and her strong Native spiritual roots. Today, she has four albums to her credit, artist endorsement
deals with John Pearse Strings and Audix Microphones, and a long list of kudos from major music media in the US,
Australia, Italy and Canada. "I love your songs," Lucinda Williams said to Jackie backstage at the Kerrville
Festival. Christine Lavin, folk diva of New York City, endorsed Jackie by declaring her
song, The Marijo Tonight, "a modern-day classic," and including it on the compilation CD, The Stealth Project:
Music Under The Radar.
In 2002, Tice produced a collection of songs inspired by her oil paintings entitled "In These Bones," which,
alongside the Doc Watson/David Holt collection, Legacy, was recently nominated as Best Traditional Folk Album by
the grassroots JPF Music Awards. In 2003, Tice composed the soundscape for an educational video documentary
produced by Rutgers University entitled, Riparian Buffers: Restoring and Managing New Jersey's Streamside Forests.
Tice's song, Domestic Delinquent, was included in the 2002 Random House publication, Life's A Stitch: The Best of
Contemporary Women's Humor. An anthology of humorous short stories, poetry, songs, and cartoons-all from the pens
of women, and all proceeds donated to benefit charities- it includes the writings of Kathy Najimy, Wendy
Wasserstein, Gloria Steinem, Erma Bombeck, Christine Lavin, Julie Gold and others.
Jackie Tice has appeared with many formidable artists. On-stage festival and listening club performances and
workshops with Bill Miller, John Gorka, Christine Lavin, Peter Yarrow, Noel Paul Stookey, Garnet Rogers, Susan
Werner, Frank Christian, Caroline Aiken, Dana Cooper, and others, from Club Passim (Boston) and the Tin Angel
(Philadelphia) to the Bluebird Café (Nashville) and Eddie’s Attic (Atlanta) have paved the way for her recognition
as an important voice among American songwriters.
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