Although Jacqui Dee Davis, who goes by Jacqui Blue, has been playing music in Louisville only three years, she’s performed all over town on various stages — from Headliners to Actors Theatre.
Her sound is a smooth mix of old-school R&B, jazz and pop, with a dash of musical theater added in for good measure, and her performances are infectious.
Blue is a triplet who grew up in Michigan, often performing with her sisters. She recalls singing in churches, nursing homes — anywhere her grandmother would take the girls. And although the three now live in different cities — one in Ann Arbor and one in New York City — they still perform together occasionally as The Triplets.
Blue, a single mother of twins, relocated to Louisville six years ago to obtain a degree in music therapy from UofL. In between juggling her studies and being a mother, she’s managed to create a name for herself — both as a musician and a music therapist.
On Friday, June 22, Blue will perform and release a new single at The Planet in the Highlands. And after that, you can catch her at the annual Poorcastle Festival, on Saturday, July 7, at Apocalypse Brew Works.
Blue tells Insider she’s currently working on a handful of singles — and music videos to go along with them. She also has a few projects on the back burner, including an opera album and a fusion of classical songs with EDM production.
She considers her music a mix of all styles, which she was exposed to early on.
“I grew up listening to everything from Motown to The Turtles to Lauryn Hill to George Gershwin, and I also sing opera and musicals, so I feel it all influences with my musical style and definitely the delivery,” she says.
Blue says what surprised her the most about the Louisville music scene is how male-dominated it is.
“And that’s everywhere in this country, I suppose,” she explains. “But I can’t think of five young female artists who have achieved a tangible measure of success locally. Especially black females. It’s hard out here!”
Check out Blue’s talent at The Planet on Friday starting at 9 p.m.
Before she steps into the spotlight, however, we asked Blue some very important questions …
What’s the most surprising thing on your Bucket List?
To win an Academy Award one day. Hey, shoot for the stars right?! No, but seriously. I’ve always wanted the EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony), and I still haven’t given up on it. But I want the Oscar the most, like Bette Davis (whose “Dark Victory” scene I sample in one of my favorite upcoming singles).
What poster was on your wall in junior high?
I remember three: The Spice Girls, Tyson Beckford and Leonardo DiCaprio. But they never lasted long honestly. I always preferred pretty Monet prints.
If you were mayor, to whom would you give the key to the city?
Probably one of my friends making a difference in the city with music and the arts — Cheyenne Mize or Jecorey “1200” Arthur.
What are your preferred pizza toppings?
Ham, mushroom, pepperoni. And I love, love, LOVE Butchertown Pizza Hall. It’s the best in town. For regular pizza places like Domino’s, those three toppings with black olives, sausage and green pepper. So … supreme sans onions. I’m a pizza connoisseur.
If you could be any age for a week, what would it be?
85 — then when I get back to reality, I’d appreciate my youth even more.
What famous person do people say you resemble the most?
Gabrielle Union. I think it’s the smile.
Who would you most like to be stuck with in an elevator?
Warren Buffet. I really love senior citizens, and he seems like an agreeable old gent. So I’d sing him a few songs, charm his socks off, and convince him to invest in my next project!