At once heartfelt and sophisticated, Jackie Bristow combines subtle but beautiful melodies and hooks that hypnotise the listener, demand complete surrender and then stick around with the backbone of a real friend. Born in New Zealand but then transplanted to Australia and now the United States with a guitar, suitcase and songs, Jackie travels light but packs a heavy punch.
Jackie has had the honor to be the opening act for many of her musical hero’s. Opening for Bonnie Raitt in New Zealand on her 2013 “Slipstream” tour was a dream-come-true. Jackie was invited back 2017 to join Bonnie Raitt on her “Dig in Deep” tour. Jackie opened for Foreigner 2017 the Steve Miller Band in the US 2016. Jackie also did a lengthy tour opening for internationally-acclaimed guitar legend Tommy Emmanuel in 2011. Jackie and Tommy played to sold-out theaters across the US. Jackie then rejoined Tommy on his nationwide tours in 2015 and 2016.
She has been the opening act for many other well-known names over the years: Marc Cohn, John Oates, John Waite, Bettye Lavette, B.J. Thomas, Joe Ely, Marcia Ball, Charlie Robison, Rick Springfield, Bob Schneider, Jimmy Lafave, Euge Groove, Ruthie Foster, Howard Jones, Herbert Gronemeyer, Phoebe Snow, Art Garfunkel, Daniel Lanois, Madeline Peryoux, Jimmy Webb, Paul Williams, and Shawn Mullins, among others.
Here live performances captivate audiences. One reviewer of her show on the Tommy Emmanuel tour wrote: “Opening for a musical giant like Emmanuel would seem a daunting task, but Bristow was relaxed as her soulfully-seductive melodies reverberated within the auditorium. Her beautiful voice and earnest songs resonated with the audience, and they applauded her eagerly. Near the end of the show, Bristow joined Emmanuel on stage for an amazing duet that received a standing ovation.”
Jackie’s songs have been used repeatedly in Australian and New Zealand film and television hit shows such as “Go Girls,” “The Secret Life of Us,” “Home and Away,” “Outrageous Fortune,” “Shortland Street,” and “Go Big.” Her original song “This is Australia” won Tourism Australia’s nationwide competition and was featured in its worldwide promotional campaigns for three years. Songs from the “Crazy Love” and “Freedom” albums were programmed into rotation at 7,000 Starbucks locations nationwide in the US.
In 2014, Jackie was awarded New Zealand Southland Music Ambassador of the Year.
Jackie has proven to be an artist who shows no signs of stopping. 2017 Jackie relocated to the music mecca, Nashville, Tennessee.
Jackie released her fourth studio album “Shot of Gold” 2016. It charted her home country New Zealand and received critical acclaim.
2017 – Opening for
* Bonnie Raitt
2016 – Opening for
* Tommy Emmanuel
* The Steve Miller Band
In previous years opening for
Art Garfunkel, Phoebe Snow, Bonnie Raitt, Tommy Emmanuel, Marc Cohn, John Oates, John Waite, Bettye Lavette, B.J. Thomas, Joe Ely, Marcia Ball, Charlie Robison, Rick Springfield, Bob Schneider, Jimmy Lafave, Euge Groove, Ruthie Foster, Howard Jones, Herbert Gronemeyer, Phoebe Snow, Art Garfunkel, Daniel Lanois, Madeline Peryoux, Jimmy Webb, Paul Williams, and Shawn Mullins, among others.
New Zealand Herald **** Graham Reid
“And in the moving ‘Fallen Youth’ she gives Emmylou Harris a real run for her money.”
Dominion Post **** (NZ) Colin Morris
“Chances are that should you play this to somebody that listens to the crop of new/new-ish female country stars and they would scratch their heads and say in turn, ‘Gillian Welch…err no, Lucinda Williams…err no, Alison Krauss…o.k. I give up.’ Are they in for a pleasant surprise.”
VENTS Magazine (US) Patrick O’Heffernan,
“This album gets into your head, your heart and your muscles…. SHOT OF GOLD is simply stunning”
Southland Times ***** (NZ) Chris Chilton
“This is the Jackie Bristow that Jackie Bristow was always destined to be. She lets the river flow through her veins and allows herself to be carried along in its gentle but powerful current. There is respect for its awesome force, but no fear.”
NZMusic.net (NZ) Ria Loveder
“This album is full of emotion and demands that you listen to it in all its rawness and vulnerability. Bristow has created a collection of songs that are a tribute to the human feelings, be it about struggle, healing, love, loss, or joy.”