The department of music at Hope College will feature folk artist Jackie Tice in performance on Friday, March 6, at 7:30 p.m. in Wichers Auditorium of Nykerk Hall of Music.

The public is invited. Admission is free.

A Kerrville New Folk Award-winner, Tice co-mingles her Native American and old European roots to create her own lyrical and musical style, with subjects as diverse as the live of Magdalene women, Shakespearian love and the call of coyotes.

Radio programmers from New York City and Boston to Chicago and San Francisco have heralded Tice with banners like, "Best new songwriter," and "A stand-out!"   With the release of her most recent CD, "Second Skin," Tice has made full use of her award-winning performing and song writing skills.  Produced by 2005 Native American Grammy winner Bill Miller in a week-long studio marathon in Bucks County, Pa., the CD features Tice stepping up and out with 10 songs spanning pop-rock, jazz and folk styles.  "She writes songs with messages," says Miller.

Raised in a Pennsylvania steel mill town with a family of 12, Tice grew up fast and with enough songwriting fodder "to last a lifetime," she says.  Forays into social work and college music theory eventually led her back to performance and songwriting and her strong Native spiritual roots.  Today, she has four albums to her credit, artist endorsement deals with John Pearse Strings and Audix Microphones, and a long list of awards from major music media in the US, Australia, Italy and Canada.

Nykerk Hall of Music is located in the central Hope campus at the former 127 E. 12th St. between College and Columbia avenues.