April 2001

Just before her sophomore year of high school, while bummed and grounded for “borrowing”/crashing her dad’s car, Jacky picked up guitar and almost immediately started writing songs. Only a year later, she recorded her first acoustic record with The Hounds’ singer John Hunter. Hunter headlined Jacky’s first show at Hard Rock Café in Chicago, where they sold all 72 of the CDs they burned at home. Read more

July 2001

Jacky formed a band full of high school classmates, and performed some sweet first gigs around town, such as the Taste of Chicago. Read more

August 2004

After three years of showcasing her song writing at coffee shops such as Vail St. Café (Arlington Heights) and Uncommon Ground (Chicago), she left the University of Iowa to sign with Copia Records in Evanston, IL. The talented Morris “Butch” Stewart produced her first pop record entitled “Yellowdramatic” in 2004. Read more

December 2006

With Copia Records’ focus turning more to commercial and jingle work, Jacky joined a folk-rock band called The August, while still singing some “I’m Lovin’ It,” on the side. The August dropped their first indie release December 10, 2006 called “Thistle Sparrow, and the Tall, Tall Grass.” Read more

August 2007

Wojtek, Petey, Tim and her toured all across the US (from SXSW in Texas to The World Café in Philly), and built up a great fan base over a four-year time span. They even won studio time through a contest the Cubby Bear put on, which led to their next recording, “The Uptown Sessions.” Read more

September 2007

She has since sung at the Friendly Confines a dozen times, including her most favorite experience this fall for the World Series Champs to be! Read more

February 2009

One of Jacky’s favorite accomplishments with The August was when they won Sixthman’s songwriting contest, earning them tickets and performance slots on the Americana cruise “The Cayamo.” After attending shows of Lyle Lovett and Buddy Miller by day, they got to jam out in the penthouse suite with Brandi Carlile, Shawn Mullins, and Marc Broussard by night. Read more

March 16 2009

With encouragement from both their then manager Brenden Mulligan and producer Garth Fundis, three of the four band members moved from Chicago’s north side to Music City to hone in on their songwriting skills. Read more

March 2011

While it was easy to fall for the southern comfort foods Nashville does best, Jacky never strayed from her first love: Lou Malnati’s pizza. In 2011, she entered a video contest where her original song/video “Lou’s Girl” took first place. One of her favorite moments to date was when she received $1,000 worth of Lou’s Gift Cards in the mail (which she “ate up” by 2013). Read more

May 2011

The August got to writing and recording shortly after their Nashville move, and came out with a well-received EP called “Dear Chicago, Love Nashville” in 2011. Read more

November 2011

Jacky’s most favorite online contest was the Avon Voices Global Competition in 2011, which took her from Hollywood to NYC. Chosen from thousands of entrants around the world, “Jaclyn” was a top ten finalist in the vocal category, as well as a top 6 in their songwriting completion (for “Just Like The Sun.”.) Judges included Diane Warren, Fergie, and Sheila E, all whom called her a “badass,” making her YEAR. Read more

April 2012

Keeping the ball rolling on the music contest scene, The August entered Greenbrier’s “Got Country Class” competition in Georgia in April of 2012. The band was thrilled to finish first in the contest, winning them $5,000 and an opening slot for Toby Keith and Lionel Richie that summer. Read more

June 2013

The following summer, The August was handed over another $5,000 check thanks to an unforgettable contest called “Land the Big Gig.” They came in 2nd place for a battle of the bands that just happened to take place at Milwaukee’s Summer fest, one of the biggest music fests in the country. Read more

July 2014

In 2014, Jacky made it on the “big screen” at Nashville’s Belcourt theatre, thanks to a documentary she was featured in about songwriters. Director Esteban Pedreza and Move Time Picture Company featured Jacky and her friend Hannah Ellis in episode 4 of “the songwriter {nashville}.” The series takes an inside look at the every day life of Nashville songwriters as they create music. Read more

August 2015

Possibly even cooler than seeing her face on a movie screen was that time in 2015 when she (and many others) saw her name on the credits of the Hollywood film “Learning to Drive.” A song called “Outside” that Jacky co-wrote with Wojtek Krupka and performed with The August went through John Lennon’s son to make the movie’s soundtrack. Read more

October 2016

With the august disbanding late in 2014, Jacky used most of 2015 to write and gather songs together for her first solo project in a decade. A Jacky joined forces with Pledge Music to release an album that she’s recording now, thanks to her many pledgers. Album due to come out Winter of 2016! Read more