A 14-year-old country singer is thrilled to be playing in front of a hometown crowd coming up in Dresden.
Jacklyn Wills told the Sydenham Current she’ll be performing some new tunes at Harvest Moon on Nov. 7.
“It’s going to be a dinner and a show,” Wills said. “I am really excited for it because we have some new material to do and I have four original songs that I will be playing out for everybody for the first time.”
Wills added: “These four songs are songs that I have written myself. There is ‘Waiting In Heaven’, ‘Turn It Up’, ‘Nothing But Nothing’ and ‘Scootch A Little Closer’. Some of them I wrote a while ago and just never really showed anybody and some of them are newer songs that I have written more recently. One of my songs my Dad always says it’s a Deric Ruttan-type song and there is another one I like to call my Taylor Swift song because it’s really sassy.”
Wills said this show will be her first time having a lead guitar player playing with her.
“Don Cook on lead guitar, Rick Clarke, my grandpa, is going to be playing bass, I will be playing acoustic guitar and then we usually have Rod Reynolds play percussion,” she said.
Wills she was kept very busy throughout this past summer.
“We participated in a Canada Day Boot Hill Spotlight Contest at the Bothwell Canada Day Festival, which we placed first place in,” she said. “So we got to play at the Boot Hill Country Jamboree before Corb Lund and lots of other amazing artists. It was lots of fun. There was lots of people there. I got to meet a lot people after the show. They were very supportive and I loved meeting everybody. It’s probably the biggest stage that I have ever sang on, so that was pretty exciting.”
The Lambton-Kent Composite School student is also participating in the Respect Revolution on their Fall Anti-Bullying Tour.
“We started in September doing shows,” she said. “We are going to different public schools, elementary and high schools. We are sharing our message about anti-bullying through song and dance. We are incorporating my guitar into it now, which is really exciting.”
Wills said they usually have one or two shows a week.
“We do a lot of shows in Sarnia and Chatham,” she said. “We are going to Tilbury, Corunna and that area. It has been a lot of fun. There is a lot of amazing talent and everybody is just so supportive.”
Wills said at the end of summer she went to Jack London Studios in Woodstock and recorded four original songs and one cover.
“We are hoping to get that back for our show in November… so that it could kind of be our CD release party,” she said.
Some tickets are still available for her Nov. 7 concert. Cost is $25 and they are available at McKellar’s Flowers and at Harvest Moon.