Meet Jackie Bates
From the first few notes you hear, you instantly know, "That is Jackie Bates." Her incomparable and unmistakably distinctive voice undeniable faith in her Lord Jesus Christ perfectly interwoven with her love for the people -- captivates your listening heart and ushers you into God's presence.
Jackie has ministered for more than two decades, occupying a place among Christian genres musical artists. God's path for Jackies life has involved her in street ministry, prison ministries, as a keynote speaker for womans conferences and for fun - events that allows her to impersonate her favorite country singer, Patsy Cline.
As an admired Christian artist and minister, Jackie has received multiple accolades for her recent album, Love Is Above It All. In 2007, nominated for Country Artist of the Year and Southern Gospel Artist of the Year by the Christian Independent Artists (CIA Summit) Momentum Awards.
Known for her gentle humility, authentic warmth and engaging graciousness, Jackie's love for the people has uniquely endeared her to the countless devoted fans that enthusiastically follow her career. Yet it is her unwavering faith that has been the greatest source of inspiration to all who have been blessed by her journey throughout the years.
Diagnosed with cancer in 2003, Jackie experienced the healing power of Jesus Christ. Over the course of the years, she has shared her miracle with multitudes testifying of an even more profound dimension of God's grace and strength. As Jackie describes her walk with Christ, I do not second guess Him. I have discovered that the years of walking with Christ have given me a faith of steel - unmovable, unshakable. His mercy, grace and benefits are unfathomable and indescribable.
Of her own life, Jackie says, "I conclude simply that, for me, there is no other way but to follow Christ... to seek Him... to run to Him. He has a place in my heart that longs for Him." Jackies compelling desire in the days ahead is radiate the love of Jesus, uplift the downtrodden and point all toward a more vigorous pursuit of Christ.
Review of new album CD, "Love Is Above It All"
This album is a wonderful gift to the world of music, and certainly will be a continual testament to glorify and honor our Holy Father above. The chosen songs are very inspiring, and touching. The message is clear and concise in each and every selection. Jackie sings each and every song from the heart, and you can feel and hear the loving touch of The Holy Spirit laced throughout this entire album, lending approval and a divine flavor.
Jackie has a totally unique sense of what she thinks is worthy of communicating in a song. Her lyrics are chosen carefully, and the pattern of chords and melody are also from a universe far, far, away. She is a hybrid blend of many wonderful influences, and musical heroes. It would be very difficult to categorize this artist, because she is simply unique. She is one of God's splendid ambassadors of music.
This music is hard to be viewed as just another album. It is easy to see, that this artist is well read, and well traveled. You just dont arrive at this point of creativity, without having a prior track record in life. She is quite entertaining, to say the least, and easy to feel at ease around her. Her diction and lyrics are clear and precise, and the musical delivery is no less focused on her vision.
You cannot listen to an artist of this league, and compare her to several others. You must allow yourself to open up, free up some boundaries or barriers that we have become accustomed to. She is very confident, and is fired-up for the Lord's ministry and message. But, her inner beauty shines through in these songs loud and clear. Her intonation is dead-on , and she has no shortage of power for the crystal clear high range of notes, that she flawlessly executes time after time.
In the midst of so much cannon fodder, musically, that is forced upon us by mainstream radio, I find an artist of this caliber very refreshing.
Jackie has her own voice. She simply does not sound like anyone else. Personally, I find great value in that alone. Her voice has a tremendous projection, and could be compared to Connie Smith, or Linda Rhonstadt in the amount of thrust her voice exudes.
The album, Love Is Above It All, shows wonderful colors of this artist's palette.
Folks, if you are tired of the same old vanilla,..rest assured, there are definitely a
number of new flavors in this album, that youre sure to like. No matter what type of music appeals to you, this is an extremely attractive work of music that is sure to draw many people to the riches and blessings that we are offered and allowed by Our Creator And Master, The Lord Our God.
Enjoy Love Is Above It All, by one of Americas future musical legends,.Jackie Bates.
I will accept invitations to sing or speak just about anywhere. Getting near the people is what makes me hummm. There is no better feeling than to make someone smile and forget about the valleys in their life and take them to the mountains where God dwells.
2 cups Patsy Cline, 1 Cup Connie Smith, 1 Heaping Tablespoon of Wynonna, with a dash of Barbra Streisand, a pinch of Dolly smoothly blended with my own natural flavoring!
PA equipment and my trusty soundman, my hubby, Lloyd.
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