Jackie began performing live at just 13 but her song writing skills really came in to play when she entered an Illawarra Songwriter’s Comp and was judged the overall winner by Colin Buchanan. The winning track ‘a few wrong turns’ became the first single from Jackie’s debut EP Tide released in 2010, produced by award winning Matt Fell of Love Hz Studios, Sydney.
ABC Music selected this track for inclusion on their ‘Country 4 Mum’ release (April 2010) and Jackie’s second single and title track ‘Tide’ debuted on the CMC top 50 singles charts later that year.
In 2011 Jackie was voted finalist – People’s Choice Award in the Australian Independent Artists Development Awards (formerly Golden Saddles). Jackie was invited to perform at the Capitol Theatre Showcase alongside other nominees Jetty Road, Pete Denahy, Rose Carleo, Tori Darke and Tamara Stewart among others.
Residing in the Northern Illawarra with her husband and two teenage children, Jackie finds great inspiration from the natural landscapes that surround her. “This is where the bush meets the sea, and therefore I call my particular style of writing ‘Coastal Country’ ... it’s the best of both worlds”. Jackie’s environment coupled with her work as a family and relationship counsellor creates a depth of story that is deeply engaging and translates beautifully through her song writing.
The ability to persist is one of this independent artist’s trademarks. Her 2nd self-funded studio album ‘Doors & Windows’ (Feb 2013) is once again produced by Matt and features instrumentation from Nashville and Sydney. This mature collection of all original tracks stands to place this emerging songwriter firmly in the hearts of the Australian music community and firmly on the Australian country music map.
Jackie was selected as a top 30 finalist (Country genre) in the 2013 APRA Professional Development Awards and was a finalist in the 2013 MusicOz Independent Artist Awards (Country Category). With three singles set for release from her 2nd studio album expect to discover a whole lot more about this Aussie Songstress. Jackie and her band are regulars at Tamworth CMF each year and were featured acts at the Canberra CMF 2013 and Central Coast CMF 2014.
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