Who is Jackie Gage?

Soothing, warm, sweet and forgiving - all ways that listeners describe vocalist Jackie Gage. She is a musical storyteller; her debut album Siren Songs found praise from the likes of AFROPUNK, All About Jazz, and Singersroom alike, celebrating her youthful nod to the future of jazz.

Originally from San Jose, California, Jackie has relocated to New York and has enjoyed performing her original music in addition to concerts with East Coast band leaders Marc Cary, Winard Harper and Antoinette Montague. She has opened for The Brand New Heavies, Darlene LoveEl Debarge, Eric Benét, and Tony Toni Toné, among others.

She has also been heard performing with LA's electronic disco producer Captain Supernova, rapper Lyrics Born, and rapper Dane Lawrence. She can be seen visiting California regularly, touring the state from Harlow's in Sacramento, down to The Mint and Blue Whale in Los Angeles. Additional past performances include BB King's in New York, Minton's in Harlem, DC's Howard Theatre, Philadelphia's South Kitchen, Catalina Jazz Club in Los Angeles, Fillmore Jazz Festival, and San Jose Jazz Summer Fest. Jackie was a 2014 Jazz Search West finalist. She is currently a resident artist at the cell in New York. 

Her music has been heard internationally, from KCSMKCRW and Hawaii's CUH, all the way to Jazz FM in England.

More than this, there's an intimate and hushed feeling present in her live concerts. It's as if she's reading your heart, sharing personal memories of love and loss--at times vulnerable, and equally sweet and sincere. It's an uplifting experience that's not to miss.

About Siren Songs

First Orbit Sounds proudly announces the March 15 release of Siren Songs, the debut album from vocalist and composer Jackie Gage. Channeling torch singers of decades past, the San Jose native marks her arrival with a refined blend of sultry originals alongside newly arranged classic torch songs that showcases her dynamic range with hints of R&B, soul and jazz.
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Based on the ancient concept of a siren; the womanly figure who lures desperate sailors into treacherous waters, Siren Songs takes listeners on an emotive journey of love and loss, and passion and intrigue over the course of nine songs that range from pining love stories to haunting ballads. In her native San Jose, Gage honed her voice as the sultry torch singer in town. “That identity fueled this debut,” Gage remarks.

Produced by Gage, Siren Songs features Bay Area mainstays including pianist Timothy Wat, marimbist Dillon Vado, bassist John Shifflett and drummer Jason Lewis. Also accompanying Gage on three tracks is a string section featuring violinists Ilana Thomas and Kristina Dutton, violist Su Buchignani and cellist Freya Seeburger.

The release of Siren Songs was celebrated at a sold out concert on Tuesday, March 15 at Yoshi’s Oakland in Oakland, California, joined by fellow songstress Lilan Kane.

"Those strings. That voice. These songs. On Jackie Gage's debut album Siren Songs, she establishes herself firmly as one of the most vital artists in the jazz world. It's soulful, inventive, playful, and powerful. It's a truly rare work of art."
by Nathan Leigh

"A miraculous vocalist, a woman-child born into Jazz in the way that her ‘elder sibling’ Cecile McLorin Salvant is... What is Jazz? Abbey Lincoln once asked in a song she sang on one of her last albums. Jazz is Jackie Gage. She is a singer who is far in advance of her years with a flawless voice, and even more flawless diction and sensuous without being self-conscious."
by Raul de Gama

"The album is pure ecstasy... a sleek, supple voice that seems to float out of nowhere, and yet feels as if it’s been singing inside the listener’s head during the lowest lows and the highest highs of an ongoing thrill romance."
by Carol Banks Weber

"Captivating... With phrasings sometimes like Erykah Badu, she still keeps a unique quality that sounds like no one I have ever heard before... Jackie Gage sounds like she has been doing this for 30 years and yet she has a fresh and sweet approach that sounds almost innocent. That might seem to be incongruous with music associated with torch songs but she goes far beyond that simple category. She is Soulful. She is Jazzy. She is Wonderful."
by Travis Rogers, Jr.

"'… a mixture of the new jazz singer, with old-school style and a sound building on Esperanza Spalding and Gretchen Parlato.'"
by Andrew Gilbert
San Jose Mercury News

"Being a California girl who sings jazz has been an asset as she certainly stood out from the other artists. Her rendition of "Comes Love," displays a maturity in her song selections as well as confidence in her ability to cover such a perennial classic with authority."
by James Nadal
All About Jazz

"A jazz vocalist who thinks outside the proverbial box stands apart from those who simply cover the standards..."
by Woodrow Wilkins
The Jazz Writer

"Definitely making waves in her craft… ahead of her stellar musical resume, what makes Jackie Gage stand out is her incredibly soulful voice.”
by Hailey Simpson
The Bay Bridged

"The jazzy and soulful Jackie Gage has been working hard, not only to develop her own talent and play gigs throughout the Bay Area, but she has also been a positive force in the South Bay music scene."
by Daniel Garcia


"For many twentysomethings electronic dance music is the latest and greatest form of musical expression. Producers like Kaskade, Skrillex and Avicii pack festivals full of college-aged men and women with their high energy, synth-based beats. But for San Jose denizen Jackie Gage, horns, upright bass and analog, brush-beaten drum kits are where it’s at..."
By Nik Veronin

“With her alluring mix of jazz and 1970’s soul, and slow-jam R&B, Gage is in the process of honing a sophisticated sound that belies her age.” 
“Jazz Singer Jackie Gage has big voice, bigger ideas”
By Andrew Gilbert
San Jose Mercury News
“Vivacious singer… Creatively ambitious, and charmingly charismatic, Gage has made an impression over the past two years…”
“Jazz nights at San Jose’s Blackbird Tavern”
By Andrew Gilbert
San Jose Mercury News
"Gage, a soulful jazz singer and another SCU Grad, has graced many South Bay stages…”
“Pizarro: Tribute to Leigh Weimers also honors emerging Silicon Valley artists”
By Sal Pizarro
San Jose Mercury News

“Musicians Jackie Gage and the JurassiC”
by Melissa McKenzie
Santa Clara Weekly

“A Star on the Rise”
by Allie Padilla
The Santa Clara
“Bay Area Music: Jackie Gage Covers Neon Trees During Recent Recording Party”
by Kirsten Coachman