Who is Jackie Gage?

Sweet, calming, warm and soothing – all ways that listeners describe vocalist Jackie Gage.

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.

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 Darlene LoveEl Debarge, Eric Benét, The Brand New Heavies, Digable Planets, and Tony Toni Toné, among others. Her music has also been heard internationally, from KCSMKCRW and Hawaii's CUH, all the way to Jazz FM in England.

Recent opportunities led by Music Director Marc Cary have also immersed her in the music of Abbey Lincoln and Betty Carter, playing with the likes of Terri Lyne CarringtonMarion Cowings, Reggie Workman, John WebberCurtis Lundy, Kenyatta Beasley, JD Allen, and Clarence Penn, among others.

She is no stranger to collaboration, and has also been heard performing with LA's electronic disco producer Captain Supernova, Bay Area rapper Lyrics Born, Vermont pianist Joshua David Washington, and NY 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, Harlem Stage, the Pittsburg Cultural Trust, Fillmore Jazz Festival, and San Jose Jazz Summer Fest

Jackie was a 2014 Jazz Search West finalist, and one of the recipients of the inaugural Leigh Weimers Emerging Artists Award. She is currently a resident artist at the cell in New York. 

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.


Betty Carter Tribute, directed by MD Marc Cary

Abbey Lincoln Tribute, directed by MD Marc Cary

"It's soulful, inventive, playful, and powerful. It's a truly rare work of art."

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

San Jose Mercury News
“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 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."

All About Jazz
"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."

"The album is pure ecstasy... a sleek, supple voice that seems to float out of nowhere..."

"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."
by Travis Rogers, Jr.

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

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

"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."


San Jose Mercury News
"Gage, a soulful jazz singer and another SCU Grad, has graced many South Bay stages…”