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2015 Blues Hall of Fame Inductee
"Lady J Griot & Her Root Doctors"
A motivational speaker for conferences and seminars, as an inspirational leader for church gatherings(ordained by the Universal Life Church),
a historian for schools and a performer for festivals and community events.
On October 11, 2015, Jacquie "Lady J" Maddix was inducted into the Minnesota Blues Hall of Fame in the Blues Art, Culture & Media category. The Minnesota Blues Society has recognized Ms. Maddix for her 27 year contribution to the Minnesota Blues community, and for her unique presentation of the blues. Using live music and blues history, Lady J takes the audience deeper into the roots of the blues to reveal the spiritual essence of the music.
As an inspirational speaker, focusing on the religious and spiritual roots of the music, Jacquie Maddix has appeared around the state with her blues band "Lady J Griot & Her Root Doctors" to deliver a magical connection that pulls fans into the creative world of the root worker and tribal shaman. Lady J Griot and her band have appeared at venues as diverse as the Minnesota African American Museum in Mpls, Mn; Lake Harriet Spiritual Community in Mpls, Mn; the Art at Rice Creek Art Fair in Fridley, Mn; The College of St. Catherine's in St. Paul, Mn; The College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Mn; the Selby Avenue Jazz Festival in St. Paul, Mn, the School of the Wise II in Mpls, Mn and as an opening act for national touring act Chicago blues man Biscuit Miller. Lady J Griot & Her Root Doctors have also performed at numerous club venues around the Twin Cities.
Lady J Griot, a vocalist and percussionist, believes the blues, and all root music, has the ability to transform the SOUL, especially if you use the magic that is inherent in the blues. Ms. Maddix has written a book that will inspire others to "Draw Down The Blessings" that exist in the world around us. She says that all we need is a belief in Spirit, and a belief in the Sacredness of the world and in each other.
Jacquie "Lady J Griot" Maddix believes in what she calls SOUL CONSCIOUSNESS, which is the ability to draw down the abundance in the world by tapping into the magic part of yourself that connects with everyone and everything.
Lady J Griot also believes that life is a mirror and will reflect back whatever you see in it. She says: You are what you vibrate to, so, vibrate to Life, Love, and the BLUES!
Lady J Griot & Her Root Doctors
Blues, History & Spirituality