Kaitlyn Jackson
AMERICAN IDOL, SEASON 13 CONTESTANT, Kaitlyn Jackson is proving she can carry her own, even at the young age of 16! Vivacious personality, powerful voice, and great stage presence makes Kaitlyn a natural on and off stage. She's an actress, singer, dancer, songwriter, and motivational speaker. Her trips to Nashville to co-write and record have helped Kaitlyn grow as a talented songwriter and vocalist over the past couple years.

In addition to appearing on Season 13 of American Idol, Kaitlyn won Disney World’s American Idol Experience at Hollywood Studios when she was 14. That experience gave her a “Fast Pass” to the front of the line at her actual audition for American Idol in Boston, MA. Kaitlyn was also recognized (at the age of 13) by the NEW YORK STATE COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME, as a promising new and emerging artist by honoring her with their HORIZON AWARD. In May 2011 she was named the Central NY Radio Group-Junior Idol Winner, and in January of 2013 she was named 98.1 WHWK's Hitmaker Challenge Winner.

Over the years Kaitlyn has opened for major country artists including Joe Nichols, Jamie O’Neal, Josh Gracin, Bryan White, Andy Griggs, Mark Wills, Jeff Bates, Trent Willmon, and Emerson Drive. Kaitlyn has also opened for Pop artists Melinda Doolittle and The Veronicas to name a few. In addition, Kaitlyn was privileged to sing with Kenny Rogers and Linda Davis during one of Kenny's Christmas shows.

Jackson has performed at the Binghamton Spiedie Fest & Balloon Rally, a three day major music event with national recording artists and a crowd of approximately 3000-4000. Other venues where Kaitlyn was the featured performer include the New York State Fair, Chenango County Fair, Lumberjack Festival, Afton Fair, Otsego County Fair, Blueberry Festival, and the New Berlin Youth Days. Kaitlyn also headlined a performance to benefit the Greater Maywood Rural Community Center.

Additional events Kaitlyn performed at include Chobani's Champions Field Dedication Ceremonies, the Endicott Performing Arts Center, Oneonta Balloon Festival, Norwich Pumpkin Festival, Norwich Parade of Lights (Christmas show), Mad Moose Restaurant, and Made in Chenango (where Kaitlyn's CDs are sold). Jackson has also shared her talents to benefit Habitat for Humanity, Relay For Life, several nursing homes, and numerous benefits.

In addition to singing, Kaitlyn has had leading roles in plays and musicals. Some of the productions she has acted in include: Damn Yankees, Tom Sawyer, 101 Dalmatians, High School Musical, The Sound of Music, Miracle on 34th Street, Annie, Dear Edwina, Oliver, Alice in Wonderland, Godspell, and Oklahoma.

Some of Kaitlyn's training has been with Amber Perkins School of Arts-dance, Orpheus Theatre-acting, and Buzzy Orange-vocal coaching. In addition to acting and singing, Kaitlyn has been dancing since she was two. During the summer of 2011 she joined the professional dance company, Phoenix Project Dance. As an apprentice with this company, she performed on Broadway during the summer of 2011 and has had several shows throughout NY. In addition, Kaitlyn was a Regional Winner for her lyrical solo and modern duo at the American Dance Awards and was also a member of several award-winning groups at the national level. At the age of 16, Kaitlyn was also named “Young Choreographer of the Year” at the Regional American Dance Awards for her Hip Hop class that she instructed (ages 10-12).

When Kaitlyn was 12, she made two trips to Nashville to co-write with hit songwriters Sarah Majors (Trisha Yearwood), and Marty Brown (George Strait) as well as other accomplished songwriters including CJ Watson, David Harper, Brandon Maddox, Max Abrams, and Dave Tough. She completed recording a CD of several original songs produced by Grammy Nominee Kent Wells, at the famous Sound Kitchen Studios in Franklin, TN, and a few more of her original songs were produced by Dave Tough at Ocean Way Studios on Music Row. This July Kaitlyn is planning another trip to Nashville to work with Kent Wells again, where she will record 8 new original songs for her next CD.

Kaitlyn’s appearance on Season 13 of American Idol has opened a lot of doors. In addition to numerous radio, TV, internet, & newspaper interviews/articles, Kaitlyn was featured as the April/May cover girl for Women of Upstate NY magazine, has performed at many new events, & has visited many schools around upstate NY sharing her experience at American Idol and encouraging students to “Dream Big”.

We are sure this is just the beginning of a long and successful career for KAITLYN JACKSON! If you would like to book Kaitlyn to perform at your event, contact her via email at KaitlynJacksonMusic@gmail.com.