Kate Jackson (singer)

Kate Jackson (Singer)

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Kate Jackson, (born 16 September 1979), is a British singer who was formerly the lead-singer with The Long Blondes. She now performs under the name Madame Ray.

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Jackson attended Culford School in Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk and took leading parts in the school's performing arts shows. In the late 1990s, she moved to Sheffield to study English and History. Soon after graduating, Jackson began writing and performing with fellow graduates of the city's universities forming The Long Blondes. Whilst the band were unsigned, she studied fine art and also worked at Freshman's Boutique, a vintage clothing shop in Sheffield. This interest in vintage clothing became a distinctive feature of the image of The Long Blondes. Jackson herself describes her style as "Bonnie Parker meets a Carry On girl".

In 2006, Jackson was ranked number seven in the NME 'Cool List'. Jackson responded to this accolade with: "They probably thought they didn't have enough girls. It was so overrun with boring boys, they needed someone to bring a touch of glamour." The NME described her as having the "arrogant strut of Chrissie Hynde and the acidic tongue of a Dickens heroine."

Jackson is a passionate spokeswoman for Sheffield. In an article in The Observer, she spoke about a project initiated by the magazine...
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