Through autobiographical songs about conflicts within her own family and in other relationships, we glean that the journey through life for Jackie Paladino so far has not been smooth and uneventful.
That journey, though, combined with her immense talent and passion for her craft, has been instrumental in causing her to become the engaging attention-grabbing performer she is today!
Born in New York and raised in central New Jersey, she was introduced to the piano at the age of six, and developed her understanding of storytelling and performance through off-Broadway theatre, dance competitions, and musical vocational school.
Always an avid reader of poetry, she also delved deeply into the works of Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan, entranced by the precision and mystery of their word choice, and is now completing her studies in the music theatre program at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
“When everyone else was memorizing lines to songs and stories, I was writing my own stories through song, belting out the tunes of Ella Fitzgerald, Duffy, and Alicia Keys along the way.” ~ Jackie Paladino
A glance at her Facebook page will, furthermore, reveal over 50 music influences, including Christina Aguilera, Corinne Bailey Rae, Billie Holiday, Adele and Lady Gaga, as depicted in the image below:
In two shows on Alive with Clive, Jackie performed eight songs, two on keyboard, and six accompanied by skillful and polished guitarist, Thayer Naples, as follows:
In the 1st Show:
- “You Should’ve Known” expresses what she wanted to receive in a relationship, but didn’t;
- “Family Portrait” is a call to heal a rift that developed within her own family;
- “Love Can’t Live in the Dark” — a song about love triangle complications — is about rising above the futility of being in a relationship with someone who is infatuated with someone else; and
- “End of the Bridge” is about staying steadfastly committed to the fulfillment of a dream in the face of seemingly-overwhelming obstacles.
“Feel like I’m losing my mind
In the 2nd Show:
- “We All Make Mistakes” is a request for understanding and forgiveness after expectations weren’t met;
- “Rescue Me” reflects the realization that the power to achieve the fulfillment we’re seeking isn’t provided by others but instead lies within;
- “Love in War” is about the paradox of being rough and tough in a tumultuous relationship so as to potentially enhance the likelihood of being loved, mixed with a healthy dose of vengeance; and
- “Top of the World” is an expression of triumph after overcoming the setbacks on the path to the achievement of a goal.
“To the sun I can climb
So don’t be surprised if you find yourself watching her shows several times and listening to her songs intently to enjoy them to the fullest extent possible.
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