7.29.09 – I went to see Jackie Tohn perform at The Living Room in New York City. Most of you would know Jackie from her spot in the Top 36 of American Idol this past season. Jackie was the singer best known for her high energy performances and fun personality. But take away the judges (Happy, Annoying, Dopey, and Grumpy), the cameras and the competition, and Jackie is really an indie artist at heart. The guitar and her amazing voice filled the room like an entire band. I was completely entertained; if not by the music alone, Jackie’s personality shined through with her natural comedy in between songs. Her album was the first of the “idolers” to drop on iTunes and she joked that it had already went Aluminum.
Her songs ranged from uptempo Acoustic Rock to slow ballads where her strong character showed hints of insecurity. Her voice really stood out and was simply beautiful at times. I loved the song 25, which was perfect for last night’s intimate storytellers setting. My standout selection is most definitely Possible. The crowd reaction and participation was proof of the songs’ infectious behavior.