I love to see Jackie Bristow perform live. She is always so happy and so energetic and so good. Her song "Freedom" brings down the house and everything in her catalogue - 3 albums - is superb. For those who don't know her, she can be heartfelt and sophisticated at the same time. She combines subtle but beautiful melodies and hooks that stick around with the backbone of a real friend.
I have seen her live a number of times and each time she has gotten people on their feet, powered the room, and delivered a performance that can’t be topped. That is why, two years ago Jackie was personally chosen by Bonnie Raitt to tour her home country New Zealand as Bonnie Raitt's opening act on the 2013 Slipstream tour. Also while touring down in New Zealand Jackie and her band performed at the CMC Rocks the Hunter 2013, which is the biggest country and roots festival down under.
New Zealand’s loss is our gain. Bristow transplanted to the United States in 2005 after spending the past 4 years living in Austin Texas, Jackie is now based Los Angeles, California where she has built a great following. Jackie’s songs have been used repeatedly in Australian and New Zealand film and television hit shows such as "Go Girls," "The Secret Life of Us," "Home and Away, ""Outrageous Fortune," "Shortland Street," and "Go Big." Her original song "This is Australia" won Tourism Australia’s nationwide competition in 2004 (see televised interviews after her win). The recording, accompanied by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and video subsequently were featured in Tourism Australia's worldwide promotional campaigns for three years. In 2007, Air New Zealand played "Across the World" (from the "Crazy Love"album) for boarding passengers on its international flights. Music from her third album, "Freedom," was programmed into rotation at 7,000 Starbucks locations nationwide in the US.
Jackie has proven to be an artist who shows no signs of stopping. Jackie is working on her 4th album for release very soon and I hope we may get a sneak peek at some of the songs.