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“Florida is home to many superstars, but one that shines the brightest is Orlando native (and Florida Atlantic University student) Carly Jo Jackson. Jackson’s passion for music and enthusiasm for life really shows through as she creates musical brilliancy with her acoustic guitar — which will win your heart in a second.” Scott Bryant, WordPress in “8 Women Musicians You’ve Never Heard Of…But Should!”
This 20 year old Florida singer/songwriter has a style that has been described by a fan as “if Jack Johnson and Colbie Caillat had a baby, she would sound like Carly Jo Jackson”. The soft yet infectious rasp in her voice gives her acoustic pop a soulful appeal and unique Florida sound.
Within a month of receiving a guitar on her 16th birthday, Carly Jo wrote her first song and was performing live in local Orlando area coffee shops several times a week. Her motto has been to never turn down a performance opportunity, no matter how small or seemingly inconsequential, because you never know who is listening. This motto has been fortuitous. After performing at a family friend’s birthday party she was overheard by the founders of a startup indie music label, Arch Productions, who were looking for a young artist to mentor and record. She signed a one-year contract and produced her first CD, World at my Feet, in 2011. In 2012, while singing outside a yogurt shop in her then new south Florida home of Boca Raton, her captivating voice caught the attention of Chris Carrabba of Dashboard Confessional. In return for providing vocals on a song Chris was pitching to a female recording artist, he recorded her single Wildflower in his studio. Wildflower is a coming of age song that was featured in the award-winning independent short film “On the Edge” in late 2012. In 2013 she released her official music video for the song and since, Wildflower has been recognized as a winner of the Pop Genre in the 2013 Show Me the Music songwriting competition and received a recognition award in the 2013 Guitar Center Singer Songwriter contest.
Carly Jo is attending Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, where she now lives, but has taken the last year off to focus on advancing her music. She performs three to four times a week at festivals, clubs and restaurants from South Beach in Miami to her hometown in Orlando and is quickly growing a fan base that, thanks to a large internet presence, spreads across the globe, well beyond her Florida home.