QUESTION N ANSWER
Full Legal Name: Jaclyn Elizabeth (Shute) Lawson
Birthdate: January 10, 1982
Instruments You Can Play: Um... Tambourine... Cow Bell... very little Guitar... very little Mandolin... Kazoo?!...
First time you remember wanting to be a musician: I remember as a kid being fascinated with watching singers and awards shows and music videos on tv. I also remember when I was probably 9 or 10 my parents put a little school desk in my room, and I told them I was going to use it to write songs. I sang at church a little here and there but the real launch-pad for me was when I lived in Argentina. I was an exchange student when I was 17. I couldn't speak their Spanish very well at first (in spite of my two years of High School Spanish) but they asked me early on if I could sing. I sang a few notes of a song from "Grease" and they loved it! After that I had kids and adults asking me to sing everywhere I went for the rest of the year. Just goes to show that music transcends all languages.
Formal Training: Not really. I've had a few voice lessons here and there, but nothing extensive.
Past Bands: I was in a Christian Band called Naked David when I was 19. We were all amateurs though and it only lasted a few months. Then Black N Blue called me in 2005, and we created JLHR in 2006.
Music Mentors/Influences: I grew up listening to all kinds (Aerosmith, Tom Petty, Janet Jackson, Patty Loveless, Reba McEntire, Sarah McLaughlin, No Doubt, Dixie Chicks). I took a little from everyone.
Funniest Road Moment: Oh my gosh, I LOVE these guys, and we have SO much fun on the road! Once we were eating breakfast at a Cracker Barrel in Indy, and Tad stuffed a straw wrapper into Jon's orange juice straw when he wasn't looking. Jon sucked that orange juice up and got a mouthful of paper. He was so freaked out about what was in his mouth that instead of spitting it out, he just opened his mouth and let everything fall out -- down his chin, all over his arm, all over his plate, EVERYWHERE! The look on his face was priceless! And when he realized it was Tad's fault I thought he was going to jump across the table! I belly-laughed for hours!
Coolest Person You've Ever Met: Meeting Sugarland was fun, but we really didn't get to spend much time with them. I had a friend named Pachi in Argentina who was just an incredible person. Her mother died when she was about 14. She was the oldest of 3 kids so she spent the next several years being Big Sis AND Mom. She is so funny and energetic. She has the most up-beat attitude of anyone I've ever met when mopping and cleaning and ironing and all the other mundane things we all hate to do. I met her when she was about 22 and I was 16, and she had a tremendous impact on how I look at life.
Favorite CD: Ever? Probably Patty Loveless "Greatist Hits." Great songs, and lots of great harmonies from Vince Gill in there too! I'm listening to Sugarland's newest and Lady Antebellum right now, though.
Most Embarrassing CD in your Collection: [insert nervous laugh here] uh...Bette Midler (I still like it!)
Current Ringtone: Verizon standard
Favorite Quote: "A woman is like a tea bag, you never know how strong she is until you put her in hot water." -- Eleanor Roosevelt
Favorite TV Shows Growing Up: My Little Pony, Chip N Dale's Rescue Rangers, The Monkees, Fraggle Rock, Unsolved Mysteries (I know, wierd huh.)
Favorite Move: "The War" with Kevin Costner and Elijah Wood, "The Princess Bride," "The Three Amigos"
Your Biggest Flaw: Ouch. Well, I'm kind've a perfectionist. I get anal about stuff. If something's not going right, I can get bossy. I'm learning to loosen up though.
One-Word Description of your Bandmates:
Tad -- Magnetic
Mike -- Ham
Jon -- Silent-but-Deadly (is a hyphenate considered ONE word?)
Embarrassing Moment: I was walking out of Linens N Things and there was a man walking out behind me about 15 feet. I stopped to ask him for directions to another store, and just as the words came out of my mouth the perfect breeze came by and flipped my dress up to my waist. It just hovered for what seemed like eternity. I immediately pushed down the front but the back stayed up. So I grabbed at the back and the front flipped back up. No matter how I tried to push it back down it wouldn't work! I finally managed to grab it all and regain my composure to this perfect stranger. He was trying to look off across the parking lot like he didn't notice but I think he was almost as embarrassed as me!
Hardest Thing about Being on the Road: Getting sick. There's nothing worse than feeling puny and knowing you've got a show to put on. I've been more fortunate than the boys, though. They've gone onstage with kidney stones, bladder infections, blinding migranes, bad backs, food poisoning, the flu... my worst has just been head colds or headaches. Oh and I lost my voice once in Indianapolis. I cried. The boys did a happy dance.
"If I was to sum up my music, I’d say it’s one crazy blonde with a high-energy rock show dumped in a country bucket,” says Charleston, Illinois native Jackie Lawson. Jackie has an expressive voice, soulful and strong, gentle and innocent, kickin’ and down-home. It’s a unique voice that stirs the heart, leads the imagination, and brings the songs to life. On stage, she has a remarkable way of making her audiences feel at ease, yet entertained, with a fiery-sweet attitude and energetic presence that won’t quickly be forgotten.
A whole is the sum of its parts, and a life is a series of moments; Jackie’s is no exception.
At age 17, she flew to Argentina for a year as a Rotary Youth Exchange student and returned home fluent in Spanish and singing up a storm. It was during this time Jackie unknowingly began nurturing and creating her own individual style of singing.
In October of 2002 Jackie drove up to Detroit for her first audition ever, for the second season of American Idol. She passed two auditions before meeting Simon, Paula, and Randy in the third audition. Unanimously, they told her that she had a good voice, but wasn’t quite what they were looking for on the show at that time.
Jackie has since opened for Buddy Jewel (2004), Josh Gracin (2005), Sugarland (2006), and Craig Morgan (2006 in front of 8,000 screaming fans!), Sugarland again (2007), Restless Heart (2007), Shenandoah (2007), Danielle Peck (2008). She's a member of the Illinois Country Music Association (ICMA), Country Music Association (CMA), American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI), and a graduate from Eastern Illinois University with a bachelor’s in Business Accounting. She has competed in numerous Colgate Country Showdowns from Wisconsin, Indiana, Missouri, Kentucky, and Illinois, and she's competed at the State level for Illinois (2005) and Indiana (2006).
In August 2005, a locally successful dance rock and blues band “Black N Blues” asked Jackie to join up as lead vocalist. She accepted on the condition that they would back up her country shows when spring rolled around. It was a perfect match! Black N Blue dropped the “s” and focused on popular rock tunes of the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, & today. When the time came for country music, an alias band was created under the name “Hillbilly Rockstars.” Both bands (well, the same band under two names playing two different genres) skyrocketed in popularity and are constantly touring the Midwest.
In September 2005, Jackie released her debut CD single "A Little Hope" and "Waiting", both original works. "A Little Hope" was released independently and helped to raise over $300 for the American Cancer Society.
Currently, Jackie is promoting her first full album “Crazy Blonde” which she released in March 2007. The new album, produced my Mike Jones and Jackie, consists of 10 previously unreleased tracks. Four of these – "Don't Let Me Love You," "Stranger," "When You're Here," and "Give Me a Break (Busy, Busy, Busy)"– were written by Jackie. Click here to order your copy. Jackie continues to tour and delivers a dynamic country concert backed by her Hillbilly Rockstars. She also continues to write music everywhere she goes.
“I am so excited about the way things have been working out for me,” she says. “So much has happened for me these last five years, and I’m a huge believer that everything happens for a reason.” Jackie goes on to say that every positive break in the pursuit of her dream has been the result of some small minute occurrence that might normally have gone unnoticed. “I paid to sing in a contest in Paducah, KY in 2004 and met my producer there (Mike Jones). He's helped me immeasurably with my studio performance. I started singing in clubs with Black N Blue to help make ends meet. That experience has helped me tremendously to develop my voice and my live performance. And I can't begin to describe the things that have inspired and developed my songwriting," she says. “I can see looking back that God has a plan, and I think He’s been smiling on me.”