For this year’s Folk Alliance International and SXSW conferences, BGS collaborated with Yamaha Guitars to film performances from some of the artists we are most excited about in 2021. Over the next few weeks, we will be publicly releasing these exclusive videos.
California singer-songwriter Jade Jackson turned heads with her debut album, Gilded, in 2017, and we’ve been longing to hear more of her warm and raspy vocals since her 2019 release of Wilderness. At the end of March, Jackson made our wishes come true. Her new single, “6FT Changes,” is a wistful love letter to pre-pandemic times, and to musicians and music lovers everywhere anxiously awaiting the return of live shows. The song was inspired by a dream Jackson had in 2020 of performing to a crowded audience. She opens, “Last night I saw it/ The crowd and the sweat/ The lights in my eyes/ And the warmth in my chest,” over tender fingerpicking on guitar.
In the chorus, Jackson perfectly captures the feeling of nostalgia we are all experiencing these days as she sings, “Six feet changes the way that it was/ Handshakes and hugs in a crowded space/ Dancing with strangers and holding up beers/ Tapping on shoulders and whispering in ears/ Was taken for granted for all these years.” For now, we are thankful to be able to listen to Jackson from home, and when concerts return, we will be first in line to see her take the stage.
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