We had the good fortune of connecting with Jackie Narciso and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jackie, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
As a child I idolized incredible artists and performers like Mariah Carey, Beyonce, Britney Spears, and so many more. I was inspired by their talent, confidence and work ethics, so I practiced their songs over and over (and over) again in the hopes of learning how to emulate what they were doing.
As an adult, I’ve grown to realize that pursuing this creative and artistic path is the most important form of self-expression that I have. Music and art keep me going – whether it’s 10 people or 10 million people that I get to share my art with, I am going to keep sharing.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m a mostly self-taught R&B/Pop singer. I learned how to sing by practicing the records of my favorite artists, and learned to perform by watching their concerts and music videos. To learn more about the industry, I received a Bachelors in Music Business. Over the past 10 years I’ve slowly been honing in on my craft and learning what I want to say and how I want to say it. I’ve been independently releasing music, being involved in every step of the process – everything from setting up the microphone and editing my own vocals to setting up the camera and editing my album cover art. It hasn’t been easy to do everything on my own, but it has taught me so much about the process and about how there’s no job too small.
Being independent and DIY has been an isolating experience in many ways too. Sometimes I forget to ask for help and the importance of being collaborative – that I don’t have to do everything on my own. This is a lesson I’m working on these days, searching for my resources and colleagues whom I can work together with on future projects.
If there’s anything I want the world to know about me is that I’m trying – I’m trying every day to become stronger, more self-aware and healed, a better friend, neighbor, sister, and to be the best I can professionally, to be the artist and business I know I can be.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I just had the most amazing trip to Arizona! I started off in Sedona and would highly recommend hiking at Cathedral Rock, Bell Rock and Devil’s Bridge. There are sooo many hikes to choose from in Sedona, you really can’t go wrong with any of them, and you’ll likely meet some super friendly people along the way. I’d recommend having lunch at Pisa Lisa, they have incredible pizza.
My next stop was the Grand Canyon, which is a place which needs no introduction. It was surreal how expansive and beautiful it was – it’s the kind of place that gives you perspective on how small we really are compared to the grandness of space and time.
The last stop in AZ was to Antelope Canyon, which was the coolest view from inside the canyons. Amazing to see what years of water erosion created. The beautiful orange, striped caverns are a must-see!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There have been so many influences in my artistic career. My very first influence would be my mother who introduced me to R&B music as a child. We sang along to the records of Mariah, Whitey, Babyface, and so many others, and that’s where I found my love of the R&B genre.
Along the way I’ve had some great teachers and mentors who have taught me important skills like vocal health, performance techniques and understanding who I am as an artist. In college, my professor and gospel choir director, Mack, taught me so much about performance and harmonies. Before joining the choir I had no clue at all how to hear harmonies. Now I can’t write a song that doesn’t have at least one section with a three part harmony.
Being a lifelong learner is such an important concept to me. I look forward to the many influences and mentors I’ll have in the years to come. I’d also like to give credit to my friends, family, and fans – their support and feedback mean the world to me.