Interview Christina Gomes
Photography Sarah Roberts
The halls of NYU’s Frederick Lowe Theatre hummed a sweet collection of passion and dedication. Although each musician was tucked away mastering his/her own art, there was a beautiful coherence in the medley of sounds up on the eighth floor. Jackie Paladino’s comfort in its piano room was obvious.
The 21-year old singer, songwriter, and pianist moved to New York City two years ago to pursue her artistic calling as an undergrad at NYU. Raised in New Jersey, Jackie delved into performing arts as an adolescent. During her time in musical theater, she was drawn to the sounds of jazz. Inspired by vocalists like Etta James and Ella Fitzgerald, Jackie embraced the soulful spirit of her very own voice.
Jackie’s true calling was peaking just around the corner. Writing songs became her platform to fully express herself. Every original piece recalls a moment, captures an emotion, and emulates an experience—a story in every song. Jackie notes that artists she found inspiring “were using music to express themselves and heal.” With most of her music being based off personal life experiences, she set out to do just that.
Singing original pieces has allowed Jackie to hone in on the “smart, soulful, and sassy” essence of her talent. Her work not only makes you tap your feet, but it makes you think and feel. From pulling at your heart strings to conversation about relevant social issues, Jackie’s lyrics are sure to be intellectually executed.
Currently, Jackie is working on an original piece titled “Never Let Us Go,” which will eventually be part of an EP featuring more of her soulful side. She is also conversing with a prospective producer from Warner Music. Along with establishing her musical career, another of Jackie’s long-term hopes is to one day run her own record label.
Jackie encourages any aspiring musicians to “study your craft, and find your voice” in whatever aspect of music draws you in. “Don’t just emulate someone famous, be unique.” In an industry inundated with competition, Jackie has found that it is of utmost importance to be yourself. It is your distinct sound, presence, and story that “will bring people to you.”