Darlene Jackson aka DJ Lady D (she/her) (Release) is hailed as “Chicago’s House Music Queen” by Chicago Magazine, has toured North America, Europe, Asia and Russia as an international DJ, producer, remixer, and in 2004 became a music publisher when she launched her independent record label and marketing brand, D’lectable. Well known for her charismatic sets of house, techno and disco, her appearances at SXSW, Lollapalooza, Burning Man, Chosen Few and for fan-filled, influencer, charity and celebrity events such as for Dave Chapelle, Queen Latifah and more, have solidified her trailblazing career. A member of the Screen Actors Guild, and a voting member of NARAS (The Grammy’s). Jackson first acted professionally in “The Marva Collins Story” (with Cicely Tyson and Morgan Freeman) and as a renowned DJ has been a featured subject in numerous print, television and film media including the music documentaries Girl, The Godfather of Disco, and Slipcue. Her story also is captured in the books, Do You Remember House by Micah Salkind, How To DJ Right by Frank Broughton, and Disco Demolition: The Night Disco Died by Dave Hoekstra. As a host, producer, writer, and researcher, Jackson has worked with various media outlets including the Chicago Tribune, URB, Discoid, Chicago Public Media, Vocalo.org, NPR WBEZ, and BBC radio. You can currently hear Jackson on the radio the fourth Friday of every month on Vocalo.org 91.1 FM-Chicago. Jackson holds a Master’s Degree from Northwestern University and as a Creative Industry Liaison currently advises students and designs and curates diversity and career/industry programs for The Career Center at Columbia College Chicago.
Bio as of 2023