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THE BIOGRAPHY – OCTOBER 2007
It’s a long way from Gore to sharing a stage with the likes of Art Garfunkel and Renee Geyer, let alone looking up during a concert to see Jackson Browne standing there. It all sounds pretty exciting and exotic in former Gore musician Jackie Bristow’s world.
“I’m living the dream, but it’s not easy. It’s not an easy dream.” She says. “I went to a party recently and Jackson Browne was there and I had to sing in front of him. He was standing there right in front of me. He came up to me afterwards and said ‘well done’. That was so amazing. But there’s been years of hard work involved, too.”
Bristow discovered singing in the St Mary’s School choir when she was 8. She hasn’t stopped since. After a decade spent touring the United States, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, this singer-songwriter has earned her spurs. Her sweet melodies and hypnotic tones have US critics heralding her as one of New Zealand’s most talented musical exports.
“I’ve done a lot of traveling over the last six or seven years. I love it. I don’t think I’ll ever stop, really, “ she says. The New Zealand born singer-songwriter has been receiving critical acclaim for her forthcoming album, Crazy Love, following Jackie’s successful recent tour of Nashville, Austin, Seattle and San Francisco.
Jackie moved to Los Angeles in 2005 to record Crazy Love. She immediately surrounded herself with the cream of producers and musicians in the country. Produced by LA-based Helik Hadar (mixer/engineer for Madeleine Peyroux, Joni Mitchell, Rufus Wainwright), and Mark Howard (Tom Waits, Lucinda Williams, Marianne Faithfull, Sheryl Crow), Crazy Love, which includes Bristow’s latest single The World Is Turning, is a hauntingly beautiful collection of new material showcasing Jackie’s alluring vocal ability and song-writing smarts.
Crazy Love includes Australia's finest guitarist Mark Punch (Renee Geyer) along with international luminaries Larry Klein (bass - Joni Mitchell, Peter Gabriel), Tim Pierce (guitar - Tom Petty, Tracy Chapman, Rod Stewart), Brian MacLeod (drums ˆ Sheryl Crow), Zak Rae (keys - Alanis Morissette, Macy Gray), Jay Bellarose (drummer - Melissa Etheridge, Madeleine Peyroux), Daryl Johnson (bass - Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Emmy Lou Harris), Michael Chaves (guitar - John Mayer, Sarah McLachlan), Larry Goldings (keyboard ˆ James Taylor), Don Heffington (drums - Bob Dylan, Lucinda Williams).
Jackie’s regular Los Angeles band includes Jeff Young, member of Steely Dan’s and Jackson’s Browne’s band, and her drummer Mauricio Lewak also plays with Jackson Browne and Melissa Etheridge. She rubs shoulders with the likes of Alannis Morrisette and Ron Sexsmith as a matter of course. That’s life as a respected musician in Hollywood.
Having first moved to Australia in the mid-nineties, Jackie relocated to LA in 2005 to record Crazy Love, the follow up to her 2002 debut Thirsty (Mushroom / Liberation). Since that time, Bristow has built up an enviable live reputation. She recently performed at the Canadian Music Festival in Toronto, a sell-out Australian tour with Daniel Lanois, and has also performed with Art Garfunkel, Madeleine Peyroux, Renee Geyer, Bic Runga, Mark Seymour, The Whitlams, The Badloves, and British band Capercaille.
2007 has seen Jackie secure exposure for her music in store across 7,000 Starbucks locations in the USA, she can be seen on the brand new instore screens through New York and Seattle and through the highlighted show Contemporary Grind.
Bristow’s songs have featured on hit Australian television shows The Secret Life Of Us and Home And Away, and in 2004 her song Carry Me Away featured in the Australian movie Go Big.
In 2005, Jackie won the Tourism Australia Song For Australia Competition for their international campaign to promote Australia to the world. Her winning track, This is Australia, was used in consumer and trade promotions worldwide. Back in New Zealand, two tracks from Crazy Love have been play-listed on Air New Zealand flights, and two have featured on the hit New Zealand television show Outrageous Fortune.
NASHVILLE SKYLINE - August 9th, 2007
A column by CMT.com , Editorial Director Chet Flippo
Crazy Love is a hypnotizing collection of her original songs that conjure up a seductive world of, well, crazy love and other ethereal things. Bristow is a true original and well worth your attention. Think Joni Mitchell crossed with Dusty Springfield… Not many writers in any musical genres give the attention and depth to lyrics that Bristow obviously does.
JOHN SHELTON IVANY TOP 21 - August 15th
This singer-songwriter got an early start in her home country of New Zealand's South Island as a choir singer with her sister at age eight. By age fourteen the Bristow Sisters were seasoned professionals. In 1995 she moved to Australia. As of recently, still located in Australia, she recorded "Crazy Love" all songs with the exception of two were written on her own. With lyrics like "I don't feel afraid of loving you this way/cause your swimming in my head, in my heart, my soul..." you can really relate to what she was going through while writing these songs. This woman makes you feel as if she's talking to you the whole way throughout the album; storming heaven's gates taking no prisoners as she goes. There are love songs throughout which will leave you breathless.
NASHVILLE SCENE - May 10th, 2007
Bristow is a singer-songwriter with a penchant for sweet melodies and hypnotic tones. She counts Patty Griffin and Crowded House as favourites, and her style incorporates a bit of both, blending Neil Finn’s airy pop smarts with Griffin’s emotional directness and vibrancy. Bristow’s low soprano is seductive and soulful; she never presses or wails, but instead lets her voice deliver her probing, slice-of-life songs in laced silk. – MICHAEL McCALL
AUSTIN 360 - May 19th, 2007
… a cross between Shawn Colvin and Patty Griffin, her voice angelic yet strong and full of soul. Her latest album, "Crazy Love," was released on Australian independent label Craving Records and features 12 songs of her own (and two co-written with Mark Punch) that glisten with heartfelt emotion. — LAUREN CLONTIS
AUSTIN DAZE - May 10th, 2007
Some singers have voices that just hit you right away with the first note. Ms. Bristow, with her soft sensuality, is one such artist. She instantly blankets you with her vibe and gracefully leads you through her thoughtful songs. Well-textured and intimate, this CD had an emotional effect from the first listen… This is the kind of female singer/songwriter that can win you over quickly, so fans of adult contemporary beware. Ms. Bristow is one talent that could really be headed upward fast.
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Jackie Bristow brings 'Crazy love' 24 October 2007