Jakki Ford in Reno
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Jakki Ford is an accomplished and versatile performing artist. She enjoys a growing reputation, nationally and internationally, as an outstanding vocalist with a 4-octave vocal range. As a professional actress and talented dancer, she is widely recognized for her artistic sensitivity, gracefulness and extraordinary magnetism on stage, television and film.
Jakki holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, majoring in Speech and Theater, and has completed many post-graduate courses in Vocal, Music and Drama at the University of Nevada, Reno, learning from acclaimed Master Artists. She has sung with the University Choral and Symphonic Choirs, toured the United States singing back-up for a major recording artist and joined the Nevada Opera Company as First Soprano in Verdi's Italian opera, Macbeth. Jakki will perform in the season's upcoming French production, Samson and Delilah.
Jakki commands a dynamic versatility of vocal styles that inspire, dazzle and delight audiences. She offers an exciting freshness to her interpretations of the many musical styles she presents, including popular music, Bosa Nova, Jazz, Motown, Gospel, Rock & Roll and Broadway, among others. Audiences become entranced with her exquisitely unique and totally delightful renditions of these often sung lyrics, which she seems to weave into her own personal tapestry of sound that reaches into the soul of each listener. And then, when the audience catches its breath, the applause begins and the encores are given. Then as she leaves, she turns and smiles her lovely smile, and the audience roars again.
Her favorites - the audiences, too - include compositions by Cole Porter, Gershwin, Loesser and Mercer, which she sings in coffee shops and cabarets. She has been the back-up singer for Rosemary Clooney at Carnegie Hall in New York, and has been featured in multi-million dollar spectaculars at the MGM GRAND in Las Vegas, in addition to singing Rock & Roll with Chubby Checker at the Nugget.
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