Welcome to Behind the Song, where we embark on a captivating journey into the world of music and the artists who bring it to life. In this exclusive interview, we have the pleasure of delving into the musical universe of Jackie Gibson, a Los Angeles-based singer renowned for her passionate and soothing voice. Join us as we explore Jackie's favorite aspects of being an artist, the magic of the recording studio, her charitable endeavors, and the stories behind her songs. With influences from musical legends like Judy Collins, Joni Mitchell, and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Jackie brings a unique blend of storytelling and harmonies to the forefront of her artistry. Get ready to be enchanted by the melodies and experiences that have shaped Jackie Gibson's musical path. For fans who have never heard your music, can you pick three words to describe it?! If three words just aren't enough, then tell us more.
Melodious, soothing, smooth like butterscotch.
What is your favorite part about being an artist? Is it songwriting, performing, recording, something else? Tell us why.
My favorite part is being able to reach my audience through the stories I sing about. Taking them away from whatever troubles are on their mind, being able to give them hope and inspiration and bring a smile to their faces because I made them think of a happy memory in their lives and made them smile.
Can you tell us what being in the recording studio is like for you?
Being in a recording studio amazes me for the incredible technology we have at our fingertips to create music, making it so accessible to have a large choir or a single violinist in your music.
Okay, this is a fun question. When you are not doing music, what else do you enjoy doing?
I write children's stories with watercolors and original songs, with a dear friend Wayne Moore. I also just finished writing my mother's life story and the challenges she went through to come to the United States and become an amazing doctor in East Los Angeles. I also do a lot of charity work singing for different non-profit organizations.
Who do you admire most in the music scene today and why?
Judy Collins, Joni Mitchell, Kate Bush, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. I love the stories and melodies of Judy and Joni and the harmonies of CSNY.
Can you tell us what song you've written that is the most emotional and describe the meaning behind it?
I had collaborated with a fellow named Jonathan Bernstein on a song I wrote called "Windows In Heaven." I was driving home from Northern California and saw in the sky that all of the clouds were shaped like windowpanes. I felt that our loved ones in Heaven were looking down upon us, checking upon us.
Are you working on any new material right now or what's in the works for the upcoming year?
Presently, I am collaborating with a great pianist by the name of Rocky Davis. He is in a big band ensemble group called the Outrageous 8, and I sometimes perform with them.
Tell us where fans can access your music..
About Jackie Gibson “Whatever the mood calls for, she’s there, smooth and velvety, hard and angry, sexy and inviting. So great to hear a singer who knows what she’s singing about and is capable of making you feel it 100%,” so says celebrated vocal coach Terri Baker Weiss of Los Angeles-based singer JACKIE GIBSON.
Scott Yanow, Jazz Reviewer says, “Jackie Gibson is a veteran Los Angeles-based singer who has a voice that is both passionate and soothing, full of honest emotions and attractive to hear.”
Jackie has performed locally throughout LA and Palm Springs, including E Spot Lounge, Feinsteins, The M Bar, the Gardenia Supper Club, Catalina’s, Myrtle Tree Café, aka The Pour House, The Write Off Room, Campus Jax, La Puglia. And most recently at the Agua Caliente Casino in Palm Springs, in the beautiful Cascade Room.
Jackie is probably best known for her often performed “Songs at the Brill Building” cabaret show that celebrates the best-loved classics of the late '50s/early '60s.