Jackie Highway is a multi-styled project created by Angie Shyr, born with a violin in one hand, a piano in the other and wondering what else she could get her hands on. Brought up by 2 itinerant biochemists, she bonded first with Mother Nature and her aural wilderness. Then came music through violin/piano lessons and listening to the world & galaxy emote – and blessed opportunities to travel. Both real and imaginary travel was consistent and provided by solo/orchestral/quartet performances.
She was 7 when invited to attend The Yehudi Menuhin School by Menuhin himself and taught by 2 Boston Symphony Orchestra teachers, Marylou Speaker-Churhill and Emmanuel Borok, studying nearly every violin concerto by the time she was 16. She also had a brief passionate affair with piano accompanying singers and violists. Her musical influences swing ocean deep and equatorially wide, reflecting her undying love of leaving no musical stone unturned.
She has enjoyed playing keys/bass for African and hiphop bands while violining with stalwarts – Led Zeppelin, The O’Jays, The Dramatics, The Temptations, Snow Patrol, Sarah McLachlan, B-52s, Guster and Gorillaz. These experiences slowly bonded into a musical topography that is Angie’s current love – composing and songwriting.
The JACKIE HIGHWAY project hangs up the traditional vanguard and spins it 361 degrees. The music is a pop blend of neo-grooves and indie that sways the hips and frees one’s natural funk. She loves sparkling people’s lives with new skyways and hopes others love it too.
“Music has many roles and infinite destinies. Its impact is immeasurable. As listeners, we disperse and pollinate music. We walk each song along emotional and experiential routes that eventually give it eternal life. Music is our constant companion – our collective soul’s keeper.”