Who is Jackie Gage?

On March 20, 2019, New York singer Jackie Gage prepares to release her new single "A Secret Place." 

This warm and angelic song celebrates the beauty of Jackie's hometown, San Jose, California

Bay Area native Jackie Gage has spent the last three years performing in New York City, on stages including BB King'sThe Bitter End, and Minton's Playhouse. She's traveled to prominent clubs like South Kitchen in Philadelphia, Blue Whale in Los Angeles, Black Cat in San Francisco, and Yoshi's in Oakland. She's even recently returned from an international tour of Ukraine.

But despite her many journeys, one longstanding love she's felt throughout this time is her longing for home. 

Jackie said in a recent interview with Metro, interviewed by Gary Singh, "So much is different than being at home," she said of New York, "the people, the food, the sights, familiar faces, things like that. I find a lot of solace in writing music..."

"I was reflecting on how the sky looks when I'm home, or looking at flowers that are planted nearby, and the smell of certain redwood trees. That nostalgia was what guided me in making this song possible."

"A Secret Place" was produced by Richie Goods (Chris Botti, The Baylor Project, Mulgrew Miller) and DJ Gomi (Whitney Houston, Celine Dion) in Brooklyn, NY. 

This single release follows a successful Indiegogo campaign, funded by supporters of Jackie's music nation-wide. 

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So how does one develop such a refined sound? As an emerging vocalist on the New York City jazz scene, one must look back to Jackie’s childhood to understand her roots... 

Jackie is native of San Jose, California, where she grew up surrounded by a diverse music community–from cooing songwriters in beach-side cafes, to soul-stirring gospel music in Baptist churches. Dionne Warwick’s Greatest Hits album played in the family car on repeat, and Jackie and her brother would choreograph dance moves to various Ella Fitzgerald & Louie Armstrong duets in their free time. 

A piano was always waiting at the family home, and as Jackie’s love for music grew, so did her interest in writing music and trying her hand at the instrument. She would begin to write songs about her friends, about relationships, about her family… And as sad circumstances began to develop in the family home around the health of her mother, the piano became an instrument of solace and peace. She didn’t know at the time, but the more she gravitated towards creating music, the more comfort she gave to the Bay Area audiences she shared the music with. 

As a 2014 Jazz Search West finalist, she was awarded performances at Yoshi’s and The Sound Room, all venues which have invited her to return multiple times to share her music. Festivals like San Jose Jazz Summer Fest, Fillmore Jazz Festival, and Berkeley Juneteenth also welcomed Jackie’s music into their programming year after year.   

And now, Jackie is presently making a splash across the East Coast with her music. She works with legacy artists like Marc Cary, Antoinette Montague, and Winard Harper, with additional past performances at BB King’s in New York, Minton’s in Harlem, DC’s Howard Theatre, Philadelphia’s South Kitchen, Harlem Stage, The Mint and Blue Whale in Los Angeles, and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

There’s an intimate and hushed feeling present in her live concerts. Sweet, warm, charming, and soothing are all words that come to mind. It’s as if she’s reading your heart, while sharing personal memories of love and loss: at times vulnerable, and equally sweet and sincere. It’s an uplifting musical experience that’s not to be missed.

PRESS

METRO
"That night at Stritch, Jackie Gage performed a much better tune about San Jose, a gem she wrote all by herself. The sold-out show was possibly her best ever in this city. Many were stuck outside because the place was filled to capacity, which means she just might require a bigger venue next time."
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SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS
"The highlight for those who got in was hearing San Jose native Jackie Gage debut 'A Secret Place,' a heartfelt ballad about her hometown, at a jam-packed Cafe Stritch concert on Saturday Night."
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NEW YORK JAZZ RECORD
Betty Carter Tribute, directed by MD Marc Cary
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NEW YORK JAZZ RECORD
Abbey Lincoln Tribute, directed by MD Marc Cary
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AFROPUNK
"It's soulful, inventive, playful, and powerful. It's a truly rare work of art."
afropunk.com/profiles/blogs/afropunk-premiere-stream-jazz-soul-singer-jackie-gage-s


THE BAY BRIDGED
"Definitely making waves in her craft… ahead of her stellar musical resume, what makes Jackie Gage stand out is her incredibly soulful voice.”
thebaybridged.com/2015/12/01


SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS
“With her alluring mix of jazz and 1970’s soul, and slow-jam R&B, Gage is in the process of honing a sophisticated sound that belies her age.” 
mercurynews.com/entertainment/ci_25319308/jazz-singer-jackie-gage-has-big-voice-bigger
 


JAZZDEGAMA
"Jazz is Jackie Gage. She is a singer who is far in advance of her years with a flawless voice, and even more flawless diction and sensuous without being self-conscious."
jazzdagama.com/cds/jackie-gage-siren-songs


ALL ABOUT JAZZ
"Her rendition of "Comes Love," displays a maturity in her song selections as well as confidence in her ability to cover such a perennial classic with authority."
allaboutjazz.com/siren-songs-jackie-gage-first-orbit-sounds-review-by-james-nada


AXS
"The album is pure ecstasy... a sleek, supple voice that seems to float out of nowhere..."
axs.com/jackie-gage-torches-jazz-in-debut-siren-songs-75961


"Jackie Gage sounds like she has been doing this for 30 years and yet she has a fresh and sweet approach that sounds almost innocent."
by Travis Rogers, Jr.
travisrogersjr.com/music-reviews/jackie-gage-sings-her-siren-songs


SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS
"'… a mixture of the new jazz singer, with old-school style and a sound building on Esperanza Spalding and Gretchen Parlato.'"
mercurynews.com/music/ci_29184004/jackie-gage-gives-area-fans-preview-2017-album


THE JAZZ WRITER
"A jazz vocalist who thinks outside the proverbial box stands apart from those who simply cover the standards..."
smooth-jazz.de/Woodrow/Gage/SirenSongs


CONTENT MAGAZINE
"The jazzy and soulful Jackie Gage has been working hard, not only to develop her own talent and play gigs throughout the Bay Area, but she has also been a positive force in the South Bay music scene."
content-magazine.com/home/jackie-gage


METRO
activate.metroactive.com/2014/12/jackie-gage-brings-jazzy-soul-to-city-lights-stage


SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS
"Gage, a soulful jazz singer and another SCU Grad, has graced many South Bay stages…”
mercurynews.com/sal-pizarro/ci_23652044/pizarro-tribute-leigh-weimers-also-honors-emerging-silicon