Keisha Jackson a veteran vocalist that is not new to the industry. She is the daughter of iconic music legend Millie Jackson and she has made quite a name for herself. She has done background vocals for many acts such as OutKast, Angie Stone, Erykah Badu and Toni Braxton.
Ash Brown gets an exclusive with Keisha to discuss growing up in the industry, cultivating her voice and what she's up to today. This is by far one of the most entertaining interviews YET!
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Born in Brooklyn NY, Keisha is the daughter of legendary soul singer, Millie Jackson. At age 17, while pursuing a career in Entertainment Law, she began singing background for her mother. It was during this time Keisha decided to change her career path. After relocating to Atlanta, GA she was signed to Sony Music, where she recorded 2 self-titled albums. Keisha dabbled in Musical Theater for 4 years, but realized that she preferred the “musical” to the theatrical side of entertainment and chose to focus on studio performance. She soon became one of the most sought-after session vocalists in Atlanta and worked with La Reid and Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds (LaFace Records) singing background on recordings with the likes of Toni Braxton, Whitney Houston, Bobby Brown, Aretha Franklin and later, Joss Stone’s Introducing Joss Stone album. She is featured on Sleepy Brown’s (Dungeon Family) underground masterpiece, “The Vinyl Room”, Da Brat’s “Get Somebody”, Raphael Saadiq’s “Live at the House Of Blues”, Funk Diva, Joi’s “Co-Stars” and a sultry soulful duet with Anthony David, entitled “Lady”.
As a live background performer, Keisha has toured with R&B Divas’ Faith Evans, Angie Stone, Raphael Saadiq, George Clinton, Outkast and also performed at the Super Bowl with pop group No Doubt. Currently she is a background vocalist with Erykah Badu (11yrs) and Rap legend Big Boi (12+yrs) toured as a support vocalist on the Outkast 20th Anniversary Tour in 2014 and has recently added Johnny Gill's current Game Changer Tour to the list. Keisha has appeared on countless TV shows, including The Grammys, American Music Awards, Saturday Night Live, Chappelle’s Show, MTV, Jimmy Kimmel Show, Late Night with Jay Leno, The Late Show with David Letterman and has also been seen on Dave Chappelle’s Block Party, BET’s Lyric Café and backing a variety of artists on many episodes of the Mo’Nique Show. Led by Mr. Ray Chew, Keisha was hired as vocal section leader of BET’s Sunday Best season 2, which gave her the credibility and know-how to lead the vocal section for 3 consecutive years on BET/Centric’s 2009-2011 Soul Train Awards (led by Musical Director, “Wizard” Jones).
Ever-consistent yet ever-changing, Keisha has recently become co-host of Dash Radio's Soul Sisters alongside the daughters of James Brown and Issac Hayes. They can be heard every Thursday on Pure Soul station 5-7p EST. The legacy continues!
Keisha is currently recording her third record, a Soul/Blues inspired effort for which she has released her first single Give You My All (available now). Keisha began her own vocal coaching agency, One Voice Entertainment, in 2000 and works to assist aspiring vocalists in the U.S. southern region and around the world. She also conducts voice workshops semi-annually to prepare vocalists for prospective tours and future performance opportunities.