Jade MacRae

Jade MacRae

With a career spanning 25 years, and a rich musical history steeped in R&B and Jazz, multiple ARIA award nominee and APRA award winner Jade MacRae moves into 2022 with a string of tours across Australia, the US and Europe, following her acclaimed 2020 LP, “Handle Me With Care”.

Whilst ”Handle Me With Care” paid homage to the original rhythm and blues of the 50s and 60s, Jade is underway recording the next installment which will see the sound evolve into something tougher and more electric, pivoting to sounds reminiscent of STAX iconic records of the 70s, and reflecting the mood and challenges of the past two years. Creating this new record has, as always been a cathartic experience, and lyrically sees MacRae exploring themes of personal dislocation, identity, and social injustice. Tightly stacked horns, hypnotic drum grooves and an ever present wall of soulful background vocals form the sonic backbone of this new body of work.

With the first release coming soon, Jade also continues to tour as a vocalist in the band of blues guitar heavyweight Joe Bonamassa, and has become an increasingly popular feature of his live show, recently gracing the stages of Royal Albert Hall, Red Rocks and The Greek Theatre as live music makes it’s way back. Joe describes Jade as;

“One of the most naturally gifted musicians I have ever encountered. Jade is what you would call a singer’s singer and musician’s musician. It is rare to see the combination of soulfulness and technical dexterity meet in such a great way.”

Jade’s flair for live performance, and dynamic delivery have afforded her the opportunity to share the stage and studio with many iconic artists over the years such as George Benson, Dave Stewart (Eurhythmics), Sam Moore, Liam Gallagher, Jimmy Barnes, Cold Chisel, Renee Geyer and Neil Finn, as well as playing opening slots for legends James Brown and Ray Charles.