Jackie Richardson

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Jackie Richardson
Born 1947
Donora, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Genres Vocal jazz
Occupation(s) Singer, actress
Years active 1963–present
Associated acts The Tiaras

Jackie Richardson (born 1947 in Donora, Pennsylvania) is a Canadian singer and actress.[1][2]

Richardson is known for her screen roles in The Gospel According to the Blues, The Doodlebops, and Sins of the Father.[3] She is also known for her appearance on the YTV show Catwalk where she played the grandmother to Atlas (Christopher Lee Clements).

Music career[edit]

In 1954, Richardson moved with her family to Toronto.[4]

Richardson was a member of 1960s Toronto-based girl group The Tiaras along with Brenda Russell. She is of African-American descent, and was born near Pittsburgh.[5]

Richardson is a three-time nominee for the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television Gemini Award, and won the Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series for The Gospel According to the Blues.[6][7] In 2003 she was nominated for the NAACP Image Award for Best Actress in a Television Movie for Sins of the Father. Richardson is also a noted stage performer, winning a Dora Award in 2004 for the musical Cookin' at the Cookery.[8] Other high-profile projects include Milk and Honey, More Tales of the City, Further Tales of the City, and 3 Men and a Baby.[9]

The musical Big Mama! The Willie Mae Thornton Story was conceived of and written by Audrei-Kairen Kotaska for Richardson, who starred in the production first in 1999 and then again in 2012.

Her daughter Kim Richardson is also a singer.[10]


  1. ^ Stanley, Laura. "Jackie Richardson". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2017-03-11. 
  2. ^ Patti (2010-05-05). "Jackie Richardson". TD Toronto Jazz Festival. Retrieved 2017-03-11. 
  3. ^ Stanley, Laura. "Jackie Ricardson". Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved 1 March 2016. 
  4. ^ Stanley, Laura. "Jackie Richardson". Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2016-07-25. 
  5. ^ "Jackie Richardson". Canadian Jazz Archive. Retrieved 1 March 2016. 
  6. ^ Stanley, Laura. "Jackie Richardson". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2017-03-11. 
  7. ^ "Gemini Awards Official Site". Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television. Retrieved 9 November 2011. 
  8. ^ Veteran performer Jackie Richardson awestruck with 'Saint Carmen of The Main'
  9. ^ Lucas, Ralph (2017-02-02). "Jackie Richardson - Biography - Northernstars.ca". Northernstars.ca. Retrieved 2017-03-11. 
  10. ^ "My Montreal: Soul Singer Kim Richardson". Montreal Gazette, February 26, 2014.

External Links[edit]

  1. http://montrealgazette.com/entertainment/arts/gala-marks-double-celebration-for-black-theatre-workshop
  2. http://montrealgazette.com/travel/food-wine-and-all-that-jazz
  3. http://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/ask-her-talks-giving-african-women-a-voice
  4. http://afrotoronto.com/content/articles/41-arts/225-reflections-an-interview-with-jackie-richardson-canadas-first-lady-of-gospel-blues-and-jazz