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Jill Jack celebrating 50th birthday on stage

For Journal Register Newspapers

Posted: Friday, January 11, 2013

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Jill Jack has had a "really emotional" time preparing for her annual birthday concert at the Ark in Ann Arbor.

The Ferndale-based singer-songwriter, whose actual birthday 50th birthday was Jan. 8, decided to base this year's show on fan requests, putting out the call vi a social media. "They came through with flying colors," Jack reports, which was both overwhelming and...well, overwhelming.

"I had to do my homework to remember how they all went," she notes. "The only bandmate that played on 50 percent of the request was (drummer) Ron Pangborn; it was literally new material for the rest of the band. Some of it (is) 20 years old. As I was relearning the material it brought back so many memories of where and why I wrote it. It was a really emotional experience."

The downside, Jack notes, is that "we can't play all the requests as time won't allow it."

Beyond the birthday show, Jack plans to remain busy this year continuing to promote her latest, self-produced album "Sunflower Girl," as well as readying the live holiday album she recently recorded for release. She'll also be planning her next "course of action," specifically in terms of continuing to spread her music beyond her proven markets in Michigan and the Midwest.

"It's between a couple of areas, so we'll see which bites first," Jack notes.

The Jill Jack Birthday Bash takes place at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Ark, 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. Tickets are $20. Call 734-761-1451 or visit www.theark.org.

Web Site: www.theark.org

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