Jackie’s versatility as a musician and vocalist may come as a surprise. The Maryville, TN native was a celebrated high school athlete who played baseball, basketball and helped the Alcoa High School football team win two state championship rings. In fact the rising star, whose first love was the drums before taking up guitar and piano, turned down the chance to spend two more years playing center to future Green Bay Packer Randall Cobb to pursue his dreams of a musical career.
Jackie’s music is as accessible as the artist himself, a man with an easy laugh, an engaging manner and an optimistic outlook on life. “I never knew my papaw,” he says, “but my dad talks about him all the time. He used to say, ‘It doesn’t cost a bit more to dream big than to dream little. People on my team tell me, ‘You need to get your expectations right,’ but I say, ‘I’ll let you guys do that.’ I’m going to reach for the stars.”