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Judge for Jackie Tohn

Los Angeles , CA
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Portrait of Jackie Tohn
Jackie Tohn was most recently seen in the Top 24 of American Idol Season 8.

"Miss Personality", as Ryan Seacrest dubbed her, was highly featured during the New York audition episode when the walls came crashing down - literally!  Best Week Ever said, "Some Idol Contestants are Super-Heroes. This one sang the walls off!" Her vocals, eclectic outfits and fanny-packs left a memorable impression on America as well as the judges.

She was given the honor of opening the entire season. The judges all agreed that Jackie's energy, stage presence and strong vocals were a great way to start Season 8. 

The native New Yorker and Los Angeles transplant has been professionally acting since she was 12. Her credits include: episodes of “The Closer”, “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”, “The Sopranos”, “Veronica Mars”, “The Nanny” to name a few.

B.I. (or Before Idol), the guitar-toting-singer-songwriter, recorded a full-length album called "Beguiling" which has received much critical acclaim and is available on iTunes. 

- Music Connection Magazine listed Jackie in their Top 100 unsigned artists.
- Music Choice Television features her songs in heavy rotation.
- Jackie has licensed songs on primetime network television through her PublishingCompany - Powerfox Publishing / BMI. 
- Official Music Video for the title track ‘BEGUILING’ on Youtube
- Her single, “The Falling” comes pre-installed on the New Google Phone (Nexus One)
- New Album “Jackie Tohn 2.YO” set to be released June 2010.

 ['Music Connection Magazine' Excerpt]:
 If you combine the songwriting skills of Laura Nyro, the gutsy earthiness of Janis Joplin, and the cool, bohemian style of Rickie Lee Jones, you'll have some idea of Jackie Tohn. And, though some may think those references are dated, you have to go back that far to find artistry this good. Smart, insightful, and in your face, her acoustic rock material is utterly compelling. Tohn's command of her guitar is striking, and is as expressive as her voice. From low, guttural murmurings to sweet purrs, Tohn's vocals are some of the mostenchanting you're likely to hear. She totally captivated the crowd. 
Summary: This young artist is a star in the making. Jackie Tohn has a special gift and there are not many like her.

['Improper Magazine' Excerpt]: 
“On Stage, Jackie Tohn Goes, and Goes...If Jackie lived on a park bench, she would put on shows for the pigeons. She can’t help it. Some people believe there is no such thing as a natural, but Tohn is wired to entertain. On stage, she’s a cross between Bette Midler (only better looking) and Lauryn Hill."