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The Voice InstaBlind Competition Winner Jackie Paladino Shares Journey and Plans for 2021

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With her uniquely soulful voice and bold lyricism, Jackie Paladino quickly rises as a crucial contributor to the modern music scene. While she is best known for winning The Voice’s InstaBlind Competition, the singer-songwriter makes it clear that she is merely at the dawn of her career. In 2021, Jackie aims to pave an even bigger wave, aspiring to serve as a voice for the voiceless; bringing their stories of insurmountable pain, prejudice, and heart-wrenching experiences to light. 

Dividing her time between New York City and Los Angeles, the New York City native marks her territory in the music industry while working with some of today’s biggest stars. She has collaborated with Grammy award-winning producers who are behind the music of artists such as Kehlani, H.E.R., Sia, Christina Aguilera, Jessie J, and more. Furthermore, Jackie has toured the country, performing as support for renowned talent like Mandy Harvey of America’s Got Talent.

Her notable performances have built a buzz, landing her features in various platforms—Buzzfeed, Paste, Impose, NYU Q Magazine, Ethnocloud, Broadway World, and Theater Mania, among others. A snippet from Buzzfeed’s feature reads, “The songstress skillfully crafts each piece with an intricate storyline, dives deep, and shares her personal experiences with the world, to let people know they are not alone.” A long-time hip-hop fan, Ms. Paladino was also the featured singer on GFTD’s Soothe the Soul via Tommy Boy Records. But Jackie’s influence is not limited within the United States alone. Her song, “Can You Tell Me What Love Is?” received radio airplay all the way in South Africa.

Jackie Paladino began her creative journey as a child, starting with classical piano at the age of five and expanding to include theatrical acting, singing, and dance in her early teens. Her passion and raw talent led to her admittance at a performing arts high school for music and theatre where she began honing her craft. Her first heartbreak inspired a musical composition shortly after, introducing her to the art of songwriting.

After high school, Jackie Paladino landed a spot at NYU Tisch’s School of the Arts with substantial scholarships. At first glance, it may appear as though the artist’s journey has been without pain and disappointments. But during her first year in university, she became a victim of sexual assault. Rendered powerless by the experience, she developed an eating disorder in an effort to reclaim her sense of control over her own body.

Through all her struggles, music became a permanent refuge, an avenue for expression and liberation while uplifting others. Jackie Paladino possesses wisdom way beyond her years, and she acknowledges that her mature perspective and sense of worldliness is a product of her painful past. Still, the artist managed to make something so beautiful from the darkness she’s been through, turning looming graves into blooming gardens.

Despite her young age, Jackie Paladino never hesitates to tackle vulnerable or controversial topics through her music. She fiercely opens conversations about causes she cares about, such as fighting women’s oppression, the unfair treatment toward minorities, and pertinent issues within the LGBTQ+ community. She shares her powerful story portraying resilience and resolve in the hopes of serving as a source of hope and inspiration for others to do the same. 

It’s about time that a fresh voice takes the reins in the music industry, one that aims to challenge norms and rewrite narratives. With her fusion of sultry R&B vocals and soulful modern soundscapes, Jackie Paladino is indeed one to watch. Stay tuned on future releases and performances via Facebook and Instagram.

CEO of Penske Media Group. Experienced Content Editor with a demonstrated history of working in the newspaper industry. Spoken on stages around the globe - NYU, US Embassy, P&G Toronto, and much more.

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