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girl named jake to raise funds for the Empress

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girl named jake, a Fort Macleod-raised musician, is hosting a fundraising concert at the Empress Theatre on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 7 p.m. Proceeds will be donated to the Empress.


Jake, also known as Jacqueline Pratt, performs an eclectic mix of musical genres, covers and originals. Her rich vocals, storytelling, passion and personal journey have captivated and inspired audiences worldwide. 
Pratt initially set out to earn a biochemistry degree after receiving a scholarship for medical school. During her Master’s degree, she took a brief sabbatical to perform in a professional theater production and realized musical performance was her true passion.
She switched gears and began writing music, getting by with random jobs and singing in rock bands.
A bout with severe depression in 2001 eventually left her homeless, and after seeking mental health treatment, Pratt landed at Hope Mission, a women’s shelter in Edmonton. 
“On the old piano there I rediscovered my music and learned it moved both myself and many of the other shattered women living with me,” she says.
“My new purpose was born in the moment: What if I had the ability to inspire and help lost souls, including my own, on a much deeper and more profound level than medicine ever could have offered, simply by being myself and using my natural gifts?”
Thus began a new chapter for her, one that took her around the world performing a variety of jobs until she was involved in a severe ATV accident in 2009.
During her recovery, she determined she would pursue her path as a professional entertainer. She spent the next few years performing in musical theatre, playing duelling pianos and showcasing original material on cruise ships and other venues. She released her debut album, Ignition, in 2016.  
Pratt is now settled again in southern Alberta and is focused on creating a charity called Single Causes to develop a scholarship for her high school, FP Walshe, and to support mental health awareness and Canadian Aboriginal communities.
Tickets for girl named jake are $15 each and available at MacleodEmpress.com, by calling 403-553-4404 (toll-free at 1-800-540-9229), or at the Box Office on Main Street. 
For more information, contact the Empress Theatre at 403-553-4404 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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