Twenty-two-year-old Jackie Foster has been singing on stage for most of her life. “I have been singing around San Diego since the age of eight,” recalled Jackie. “Music is all I have ever known and all I have ever wanted to pursue.” Now, as a contestant on television’s hit show The Voice, Jackie is living out her dreams as she makes one of the biggest musical performances of her life.
When Jackie’s audition for The Voice aired on national television, her life changed dramatically. “Many people have been reaching out since my news about The Voice got out,” shared Jackie. “The San Diego press from print, TV, and radio media have contacted me to talk about my experiences so far. Many friends, teachers and community members have contacted me to congratulate me.” Jackie – who grew up in Poway – has been overwhelmed by the outpouring of love she has received from everyone back home. “I can’t thank everyone enough for being so thoughtful and showing their support!” she exclaimed.
Jackie is currently a senior at Berklee College of Music in Boston. “The thing I like most about Berklee is that it introduced me to my band, Self Portrait,” shared Jackie. “Berklee always promotes collaboration among fellow students, and I am fortunate to have connected with some of the most talented musicians from all over the world!”
Name: Jackie Foster (22)
School: Berklee College of Music & Poway High School (Class of 2014)
Parents: Michael and Carol Foster
Siblings: Nicole (24), Ashley (34), and Adam (36)
Favorite Place in 92064: Lake Poway
When Jackie is home during college breaks, she enjoys hiking with her mom around Lake Poway and Blue Sky Reserve. “I began this love of hiking in high school with a fellow Poway High School friend,” explained Jackie. “There is something extremely calming about being out in the open air and enjoying the scenic landscape of Poway and San Diego.”
Throughout Jackie’s journey on The Voice, she’s been challenged by trying to stay positive. “While it’s very easy to say ‘don’t compare yourself,’ there are times when you feel the enormity of the show,” she shared. “It can be a stressful process when you are around remarkable singers in a competition.”
Befriending her fellow Voice contestants has helped Jackie to cope with these challenges. “The contestants really want the best for one another,” said Jackie. “These have been some of the finest human beings I have ever met. They truly have the kindest hearts and it makes the whole process wonderful.”
It also doesn’t hurt to have the support of superstars. “From the moment Kelly Clarkson turned her chair for me during the blind audition, she fought fiercely for me against another amazing judge, Alicia Keys!” stated Jackie. She then found herself in the middle of another coaching battle, when her Battle Round resulted in a three-way fight between Alicia Keys, Blake Shelton, and Adam Levine – she chose Team Adam.
Even with the rush of fame that has so suddenly come her way, Jackie certainly doesn’t have any trouble keeping things in perspective. “I feel so grateful for this experience,” said Jackie. “I am going to soak up all of this and apply it towards every aspect of my life!”
For more on Jackie’s journey, visit her on social media: @itsjackiefoster.