“It’s all about romance when Jackie sings,” says one of her fans. She weaves her original songs from her album Mama Loose through an astonishing playlist of close to one hundred and fifty covers including La Vie En Rose, Gracias A La Vida as well as touching renditions of Desperado and To Live Is To Fly. She even does her own unique adaptation of Fever that gives it a folksy, teasing quality that rescues it from the smoke and feathered boas of lost lounges.
Whether it’s the romance you have or the one you long for, she touches a deep chord when she performs in café’s, house concerts and clubs in New York and Hope, and Sandpoint Idaho.
She grew up in Greenwich Village around the cafes, during the 'beatnik' era of the '50s and '60s, the daughter of two artists who met at Cooper Union. She studied classical piano from 6 years old then picked up the guitar at 11 to sing in Washington Square Park. While at Music & Art High School, she was challenged by a producer to decide to pursue a music career or college. She chose college and a path rich with real-life song ideas.
After a long journey through a non-traditional manufacturing management career, Jackie turned to focus on song writing and performing. In 1998 she released her first self-published album of original songs. Then for several years she performed with an all-woman bluegrass band called Local Honey. Subsequently she performed every Sunday over the course of three years at the Hope Market Café in Northern Idaho. She worked with producer Wade Tonken at the Manhattan Producer’s Alliance in New York City for her album Mama Loose, released in 2008