I first heard of Jackie Francois on the SpiritandSong Commons compilation CD singing "My Soul Rejoices," a lovely song based on the Magnificat from the Gospel of Luke. The refrain was unusual and memorable and her voice was very pleasing. I found myself wanting to hear more.
I was very glad to receive a copy of Jackie’s debut CD, Your Kingdom is Glorious, and I was not disappointed.
Let me first say that I am a big fan of Jackie Francois’ voice. It is clear yet full, strong and expressive – a voice, frankly, I wish I had. But Francois is not just a singer – she is a very capable songwriter as well.
The aforementioned "My Soul Rejoices" is a fine example of her songwriting and appears on Your Kingdom is Glorious. Francois has written a fine variety of songs ranging from upbeat pop songs such as "Holy Are You, Lord" and "Joy" to the softer sounds of "God My Father" and "Be Forgiven."
Her treatment of chastity in "For So Long" was very noteworthy, avoiding the usual clichés for lyrics based solidly on scripture.
Your Kingdom is Glorious is an album I will listen to again and again. You can purchase your copy through the SpiritandSong website at www.spiritandsong.com/artists/jackiefrancois/discography.
About the Author
Susan Bailey is the author of River of Grace: Creative Passages Through Difficult Times (Ave Maria Press), and Louisa May Alcott: Illuminated by The Message (ACTA Publications), part of their Literary Portals to Prayer series. Along with her blogs Be as One and Louisa May Alcott is My Passion, Susan writes for the Diocese of Worcester newspaper, The Catholic Free Press.