I can remember one particular moment when photographing Carly Jo Jackson in Miami, I can't remember where exactly, when someone asked her about her musical style and she simply said, "it's a mix between Colbie Caillat and the Red Hot Chili Peppers." Believe me, that's quite a spicy mix (haha, knee slap) but she's so much more than that. Jackson is an exceptional talent, her original songs are personal and heartfelt but overall she's one of the sweetest persons I or anyone could ever meet. Jackson's world and music is on the rise, her brand new CD premieres this coming week called "Color Show" and now she is this week's Artist Of The Week.
Interesting note to pass along, both Jackson and Anna Palmerola are my two most photographed musical artists since I've been here in Miami. I've photographed Jackson 11 times and Palmerola 10 times respectively. I first photographed Jackson in June 2015 when she opened for Brendan O'Hara at Bodega Taqueria y Tequila in Miami Beach. I immediately was attracted by the tone of her voice, her compositions and stage presence. The funny thing about my first exposure (pun intended) to Jackson was the moment when she broke a guitar string one or two songs into her set. The timing couldn't have been worse but I understand how frustrating it can be when it does happen. Luckily, O'Hara came in for the save when he offered his acoustic guitar to Jackson so she could finish the rest of her set.
It's tough not to start dancing to Jackson's music but it's more than just her songs that audiences gravitates towards, she has top notch band supporting her. A typical Carly Jo Jackson show consists of Chris Rod on drums and Damian on bass. Depending on the venue where she's performing, the trio grows to a quintet with the addition of Kevin Maddox on keyboards and Chase Maddox on lead guitar. Regardless of how many number of musicians backing up Jackson, they produce a wall of sound that lays down a serious groove, which is incredibly infectious to the crowd.
Another typical occurrence during a Carly Jo Jackson show, other than people complimenting her about her music, are the females that compliment her about her wardrobe. She is very fashionable from head to toe and you can definitely see that in the images I've taken of her throughout the year (Jackson gallery page). In fact, I overheard her drummer Chris say that Jackson would simply look at dress on a clothes rack, buy it and wear it perfectly. By and large, the camera loves her and she has incredibly fresh look to her.
She's already had national TV exposure when she competed in America's Got Talent in 2014. She participated in the 2016 Coconut Grove Music and Arts Festival and prior to the festival, she appeared on a show called "In The Mix" for NBC 6 in South Florida. Little by little the world is taking notice of Jackson and I know there's more to come. I'm grateful for having a fantastic working relationship with Jackson, her band and her "Momager" (Jo Ann, her mother, manages her affairs). I'm looking forward to strengthening that relationship more in the years to come.
Shameless Plug: Performance dates are already scheduled for the coming week to begin promoting her new CD "Color Show". She'll be playing at Full Sail in Orlando on July 19 and once again at Bodega on July 20.