For one thing, she has grown up without the Internet or TV (someone else updates her websites). And because she writes a song a day, there’s little time for socializing.
Yet, her musical endeavors have paid off. After opening recently for Merle Haggard and Charlie Daniels, the folksy singer/songwriter will perform two shows at the upcoming Live Oak Music Festival and is lining up a slate of other gigs.
A senior at San Luis Obispo High School, Jackson sings in a mature voice accented by falsettos (think Jewel, with a touch of Sarah McLachlan.) While she looks older than her 18 years, songs like “Listen to Your Mother” — a first-person tune about a teen girl who pairs up with an overly hormonal boy — give away her youth.
We recently caught up to the Santa Margarita resident in between classes, gigs and her job at her parents’ restaurant, The Range.
In elementary school, my best subject was always poetry. And I always loved music. So I found I could do both.