Niagara Gazette


June 9, 2013

JACKIE DAVIS: The uplifting joy of unexpected blessings


Niagara Gazette — I found out that our entire cast for the American Repretory Theater musical “First Lady Suite” (directed by Matt LaChiusa) was nominated for an Artie Award (Buffalo’s equivalent of a Tony Award for local theater). 

While I had been tremendously blessed to share the stage with these amazing singers and actresses, I was shocked to learn that I had also been nominated for an Artie for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical. I was thrilled to see that Renee Landrigan, a graduate from our own Lockport High School had also been nominated for her role in “Next to Normal.”

The awards show was held this past Monday night at the Town Ballroom and it was exhilarating, complete with fashion, music, comedy, and fun! All donations for attendance went to support a wonderful, compassionate organization called Benedict House that provides non-discriminatory support services for those living with AIDS.

While I still had the challenges of ordinary daily life, the unexpected blessing of a double Artie Award nomination brought me and my family a lot of joy. We had a wonderful time at the Artie Award show. I hope you will find a moment to enjoy the unexpected blessings that come your way.

Jackie Davis is an Inspirational vocalist, musician and speaker with more than 20 years of television broadcast experience. You can contact her at

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