|Origin||Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada|
Semple grew up on a farm north of Regina, Saskatchewan. He started his musical career playing with various Regina-based bands, and later relocated to Toronto in the late 1980s to become the lead guitarist of The Lincolns, a popular funk and rhythm and blues band. He left the band after approximately two years and returned to Regina to pursue a solo career and to spend more time with his family. After his move back to Regina, Semple contributed to television and music scores and appeared in the title role of Guitarman, a 1994 television movie. Semple also commenced a solo recording career that has resulted in the release of eight albums. In 1992, Semple came to national prominence through winning the MuchMusic "Guitar Wars" contest.
Semple has been twice nominated, in 1999 and 2000, for a Gemini Award for his soundtrack work on the television series Incredible Story Studio. Semple continues to perform as a solo artist and with The Jack Semple Band, primarily in western Canada.
Solo/Jack Semple Band
- 1991 Live from Formerly's
- 1994 Sneakin' Suspicion
- 1995 Grey and Yellow
- 1997 Saskadelphia
- 2001 Live at Kaos
- 2004 Qu'appelle
- 2006 Cool Yule
- 2006 Tribute to Lightfoot
- Winner, Outstanding Instrumental Recording, Western Canadian Music Awards, 2005. See List of Artistic Awards, Western Canadian Music Awards, 2005; www.westerncanadianmusicawards.ca.
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