Jami Jackson is the epitome of a Renaissance woman. The native of Durham, North Carolina, is both an R&B/Pop Singer/Songwriter and a PhD student in Statistics at NC State University. She sings and writes songs at night and solves difficult mathematical problems during the day. Jackson graduated from Columbia University and lived in the Big Apple with a mission, plan, and a mantra, to “live for today, hope for tomorrow, and never look back on the past”. Ever since dabbling with the piano at the tender age of 5, Jackson became classically trained and is a student of Jazz and Gospel music. Her family knew she had a gift and encouraged her to express herself by writing and taking lessons. At first she penned poems, which became lyrics and then added music with her love of instruments. “I like to describe my music as a soulful blend of rock, R&B, and pop that delivers a live and engaging message, “ says the singer/songwriter, who counts among her musical favorites a diverse range of artists – from Alicia Keys and Coldplay to Etta James and U2.
Jackson performed all around the Big Apple at such notable venues as The Apollo Theatre, the Nuyorican Poet’s Café, Ashford and Simpson’s Sugar Bar, The Bitter End, and Don’t Tell Mama. She was one of the few selected to participate in the city’s legendary “Music Under New York,” concert series in which entertainers perform at the various subway stops. Jackson wowed commuters with her performance and selling many CDs along the way. “I am so blessed to be in-demand for live gigs given the economy says Jackson, and that’s why I always want to give my all.” Jackson’s talent is undeniable and her powerful declaration of love and motivational songs continue to serve as a source of inspiration to others.
Already a media darling – Jackson has been featured and profiled in such prestigious national media outlets as: MTV, BET, New York Times, Seventeen, NY Daily News, numerous regional print outlets, and, major radio stations in top markets such as: Detroit, North Carolina and Baltimore. Jackson also became a reality documentary star, with the airing of Are You Positive?, which was seen by 5.1 million people on World AIDS Day, on the popular Black Entertainment Television (BET), sponsored by the Kaiser Foundation. "Jami had just what we were looking for, someone down-to-earth yet extraordinary. Here was a young sister, from the South, working hard on a 9-to-5 in New York City yet still finding time to offer her amazing talent to the fight against HIV/AIDS. That's inspiring,” says Grant Clark, producer/director of BET Networks.
Having released a new ‘peppered’ sound and direction, Jackson is ecstatic with her latest song, “Let Love Live.” Jackson flexed her muscle as co-writer/producer, with songwriters, Sandra Jackson and Johnny Kira, and producer, Tommy Faragher, the celebrated Grammy nominated producer who worked with such artists as Al Green, The O’Jays, and Taylor Dayne. Jackson says, “this song is about not letting life get in the way of love.” She previously released her song, “Keep Walkin’ On” that was used to inspire and educate many about HIV/AIDS awareness and was the theme song for the United States Tennis Association Eastern’s first ever Charity Tennis 5K Walk, as part of their Father’s Day Family Grassroots Challenge in June 2009.
In 2007, Jackson released her immensely popular debut CD, Call My Name, available at www.jamijackson.net, on the independent label, Blacque Records. The album faired very well on the Internet, coupled with her breakout singles, “I’ll Let You Go,”and “Sista Girl,” which became popular performance videos on YouTube. The album featured a collection of 10 original songs exploring a range of emotions, from lost love to spiritual inspiration. Contributing her talent to a compilation CD for LifeBeat, with an original song called “Love At First Sight,” as a way to uplift the residents at LIFEbeat was her way of giving back to an amazing organization. “I believe it’s important to stand for a cause. HIV/AIDS is impacting my generation at an alarming rate and I simply want to do my part,” says Jackson. Erika Banks of LIFEbeat says, “Jami is a phenomenal young performer. She is not only a powerhouse on the stage, but she is a pleasure to work with. I know I can always count on her to show up on time and ready to rock the room! She is a stellar member of the LIFEbeat family.”
From the Internet to the television airwaves, and live performances in New York City and in North Carolina, Jami Jackson is strategically carving out a musical path of passion and relevance. “Nothing can compare to singing, performing, and writing songs. I love using my voice to connect with people, “ says Jackson.