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Venessa De-Chantal Jackson (born November 22, 1982) is a South African vocalist and
songwriter. Her stage name is ‘Venessa Jackson’.
Venessa was born in Durban, but grew up in Newlands East. She lived in Newlands East
well into her adult years, but in 2010 she relocated to Pietermaritzburg. In 2015 she
relocated again, to Pretoria to fully pursue her music career.
Growing up Venessa had a very supportive mother who would always enter her into
various singing competitions, so much so that at the age of only six (6) years old she won
her first competition at a venue called Lipstik in Umngeni Road in Durban. The whole
experience of winning is one that has always engulfed her, “that experience lived in me; I
have been addicted ever since”.
Venessa was part of her church choir, touché, and would travel with her choir mates to
various church gathers. She loved listening to music growing up and had various musical
influences ranging from Whitney Houston, Dolly Parton, Sade, Bob Marley, Stevie Wonder,
Toni Braxton, just mention a few. Her influences resonate in her own music, as it is very
“I grew up in a Coloured community, which used to host variety shows on weekends in an
attempt to keep the youth out of trouble. I always ensured I was on stage, at school I was
known for carrying a “song book” full of the trending music with accurate lyrics- the
verses, choruses and hooks, all in order. I used to rent out my song book during free periods
at school, and use the money to buy TDK cassettes to record music from the radio. I was my
own walking band. I remember collecting tin clips and poking holes in them and threading
rubber bands to wrap around my feet and hands. I made myself a home guitar from 5l oil
tin- cut out one and poked holes in the edges to thread fish gut. That’s the type of kid I was,
music was in my blood.”
Venessa’s first break through came in 2008, where she did songs with Dj Twitty (Up &
Down; Starlight), which was part of an album that was released under EMI. When she got
to Pretoria, she formed a band with Dr Moruti and Koj called ‘Venessa Jackson and Nu
Wave’. “The band only lasted two years as we all decided to pursue solo careers. Those two
years molded me and taught me important things about production, marketing and the
music business in general.”
“My dream with music is that it may give me influence, so that I can use it to make positive
changes to the world. Use music to spread messages and stories of hope.” Some of the people
Venessa has worked with include Dr Moruti, Infinite Boys, Dj Twitty, Muvo De Icon just to
list a few. Having done a remix of Angelique Kidjo’s “Badonga” has been a massive
accomplishment, considering that the song was eventually cleared with Warner Music. The
remix was titled “Heh Haa”
Social Media handles:
Facebook: Venessa Jackson –Fan Club
Twitter: @VenessaJackson7
IG: venessa_d_jackson

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