"Country music couldn't come more naturally to Jade Jack. Her love for country fiddles and cryin' steel guitars began as soon as she was born. She had made her first appearances on stage even before she was born as her mom performed regularly right up until she delivered Jade. In fact, her mom made a last minute trip to Iowa just days before her due date and had to sit with her feet elevated while not on stage as to not induce contractions that had already begun. She rushed back to texas just in time to have Jade and was back performing 10 days later, where Jade was passed around and held by music lover friends from all over the country. This appearance would be at the International Steel Guitar Convention, a music convention that Jade's mom, Joni had performed at for several years. Jade's earliest photos include her with steel guitar greats such as "Papa Moon" (Ralph Mooney), Speedy West Jimmie Day, Jody Sanders, Buddy Emmons, and Junior Knight to name a few. After leaving the convention when Jade was 2, at a McDonald's somewhere south of St. Louis, Jade gave an early glimpse of what lay ahead of her when she used a spoon as a fiddle, and a straw for her bow to play along to the music being heard overhead. Papa Moon still has that straw on display in his music room! Jade's grandpa, Fred Jack, a longtime musician and singer, couldn't have been happier. He encouraged Jade's love for fiddles by always making sure there was plenty of Bob Wills, Spade Cooley, and other great country music around. Jade probably cut her first tooth chewing on her grandpa's steel guitar legs!
Jade began taking classical violin lessons at age 4, and credits her grandparents with giving her that opportunity. As her single mom worked to complete her college degree, private music lessons were a luxury that was not within their reach. But most every Saturday, she would settle into the backseat of her grandma's Suburban, tiny fiddle case in hand, and make the hour drive into Sugarland, where her lessons took place. Jade began her country lessons with longtime family friend, Dan Ratliff. Dan has an in-house studio complete with a tiny chair specially bought for Jade that will always have a place in the corner by the numerous microphones and other music gear. Other fiddle teachers to follow were Randy Powell, and Dale Morris Sr. Jade continued to hang out at band rehearsals where her mom had begun performing with Texas artist Joel Nava & The Border. Jade was surrounded by music at all times. Jade's stepfather, Aleph Yonker, also played fiddle and would get Jade to perform on stage at his shows as well. Crowds would expect a six year old to sing a childish song, but Jade would belt out "Let's chase each other round the room tonite". There were church appearances where she sang and also numerous community events.
When Jade's aunt Dottie Jack recorded a CD, Jade made a guest appearance playing alongside Texas Country Great, Bobby Flores. Bobby then became Jade's fiddle instructor. She then began making appearances at local Opry Shows with her Aunt Dottie. This led to a show at a breast cancer awareness event at Pearl's Dancehall at the Stockyard's at Ft Worth where Jade caught the attention of Country Music Legend, Ms. Leona Williams. The two instantly bonded and agreed to stay in touch. Jade began work on her first CD in August 2009 in Nashville, TN and had it finished just in time for a trip to Branson, MO. Jade was invited by Leona Williams to be a guest on a series of shows that were held in October 2009 in Branson, MO at Silver Dollar City. Imagine Jade's excitement when Leona called weeks before to ask her if she, instead of a guest appearance, would be Leona's fiddle player all week. Jade was ecstatic and unknown to Leona, already had most of her songs memorized. This would be Jade's first show to introduce her debut CD, properly entitled "Growin' Up Country". She has since done countless shows with Leona, including numerous festivals, three appearances on Ernest Tubb's Midnight Jamboree, "Midwest Country" on RFDTV, "TruCountry" on RFDTV, Johnny Bush's 75th Birthday Bash at Willie's Place, & Heart of Texas Records' Music Festival. Leona recently wrote a song for Jade, a tribute to Jade's relationship between her and her grandpa, and a moving memorial of the relationship Leona and her father shared, properly titled "Daddy You'd Be Proud of Me Tonight". It is truly an honor for Jade to get to spend so much time around this amazing lady of country music and she looks forward to future travels and the many gigs that are still to come with Leona.
Jade can be seen all over the country keeping traditional country music alive. When she's not fronting her own band at dancehalls all over the State, she can be found playing fiddle for Tony Booth in his band, as well as other Texas artists like Justin Trevino, Amber Digby, Kimberly Murray, Curtis Potter, & Johnny Bush to name just a few.
The future is bright for this blue-eyed country girl. While most teenagers are unsure what their future holds, Jade knows this for sure: No matter what the future may hold, she'll still be holdin' her fiddle. It's true what they say: "big things come in small packages". And that's true, my friends...this pint-size fiddler packs a big country sound!!"