Any teenager who can get Mavis Staples and Wynton Marsalis excited must possess a special gift. When the two American legends heard the young Judi Jackson sing, Staples booked her as a supporting act, while Marsalis sent her a collection of Ella Fitzgerald jazz records. After that, Jackson’s future was all mapped out. Born in Roanoke, Virginia, in 1993, she has now been living in London for many years. And it was there that she won the Jazz FM Vocalist of the Year Award in 2020. Released in autumn 2021, her album Grace was a remarkable debut. Jackson is a master of casual retro soul, languorous trip-hop, magnificent string passages as well as gospel – she did sing in the church choir as a child after all. Her powerful voice is often reminiscent of the unforgettable Amy Winehouse, while some hear hints of Erykah Badu or Sade. One thing is certain: Judi Jackson is one of the greatest vocal talents of our time.