Jackie has been hard wired to sing and perform from a very young age. To support herself while studying at the Boston Conservatory, she began modeling for the Hart Agency in Boston. Jackie became the face of wedding dress designer, House of Bianchi. Mrs. Bianchi took a personal interest in Jackie – hiring her to model in a wedding gown runway show in NYC. The designer brought her to a Lincoln Center performance and encouraged the young singer to focus solely on her music career.
Fast forward 30 years in the entertainment business as a singer/songwriter, Jackie has appeared on stages throughout the United States and Canada. She has worked with some of the best musicians in the business. An early gig as lead singer with jazz great Sam Butera was especially memorable, along with opening performances for George Carlin, Paul Anka, BJ Thomas and Kenny Rogers to name just a few.
Jackie and jazz pianist Mike Jones opened the jazz room at the Paris Hotel for the Millenium celebration. She has collaborated on original songs with writer/producer Loris Holland who has penned several songs for Mariah Carey.
Jackie was mentored in her song writing career by famed producer (Mamma Mia!) and Playtone co-founder (with Tom Hanks), Gary Goetzman. Her original songs can be heard on the soundtrack of Modern Girls, starring Virginia Madsen, and on the soundtrack of And God created Woman, starring Rebecca de Mornay.
Jackie was a successful voiceover artist performing on national radio and television ads and narrating the Encyclopedia Britannica’s CD of Science and Technology.
Jackie’s lifelong love of animals, nature and children shines through in everything she does – from song writing to story-telling; to her passionate support for organizations working to improve the world for all of its inhabitants. These experiences have been the inspiration for Jackie’s latest project – The Origami Grasshopper, an educational series for children that reflects her experience and love for the natural world. This exciting project will include original music, narration for audio-books, and an educational computer game based on the series.
They say it takes a village to raise a child. This project has been my baby for 2 years now and Ojie is ready for the world to see thanks to a wonderfully talented group of people whom I am fortunate to work with and call my friends.
To John Kiehl, David Murray, Anita Sullinger, Nathan Morrissey, Scott Cannizzaro, Vinny Corda, and Jason Halcox.
Thank you so much for helping me to bring Ojie to life.
Anita Sullinger is a wonderfully gifted artist. Her illustrations have brought Ojie to life in the Origami Grasshopper Series. Originally from Missouri , Anita makes her home in beautiful Maui, Hawaii
Check out the Amazing Anita Gallery!
Songwriter/guitarist, and died in the wool Tigers fan, Dave Murray hails from Lansing Michigan. He recently built and opened Peninsula Studio, aptly named for his home in Harrison, Tennessee. After years of playing in Las Vegas and on the road with the touring band RAVEN, David went to school and earned his doctorate in Physical therapy. He and Jackie rekindled their working relationship as a songwriting team and have penned all the original music for this series
Nathan Morrissey, (beloved) art director for our series. He is the owner of Maui Custom Fabrication. A master craftsman in bronze and steel pieces you can see his beautiful work at mauicustomfabrication.com