Getting To Know...

[nggallery id=10 images=1]One of these days, an American Idol producer is going to get fired because of Jordyn Jackson. The “jazz-pop” singer-songwriter auditioned for the show eight years ago in Atlanta and was sent home golden ticketless. But since then, Jackson, 26, has released six CDs and performed everywhere from the Jacksonville Jazz Festival to the Italian Riviera. In 2010, she signed with a London-based record company and is now preparing for her first European tour later this year. And if she ever does make it to the American Idol stage, it will be as a mentor, not a contestant.Here are some other personal details you won’t read in any liner notes:

• Jackson describes her style as “a female Michael Bublé” but says her voice is most often compared to that of Amy Lee of Evanescence.
• Speaking of Evanescence, Ed Roland, lead singer of Collective Soul, had this to say after hearing Jackson’s new single, “Time Alone”: "If Evanescence wrote songs like this, they'd still be selling 12 million copies."
• Jackson comes from a family of “crazy foodies,” whose favorite sightseeing is done inside restaurants. She has personally eaten her way through New York City, Paris and Amsterdam. Locally, her favorite restaurant is Ocean 60 in Atlantic Beach.
• If she weren’t in the music business, she says she’d be a chef or interior designer.
• In eighth grade, she was “discovered” by a classmate’s father who overheard her singing on the playground. He was so impressed with her voice that he paid for the studio time for her to record her first demo.
• She refuses to allow her voice to be Auto-Tuned and describes the audio processing software as her nemesis.
• The first time she ever performed solo in front of an audience was in a talent show on a cruise ship when she was 13. She sang “Part of Your World” from The Little Mermaid.• Though she would love to sell millions of albums, win a Grammy and perform at Wembley Stadium, she will be perfectly happy if she doesn’t. “My goal list looks ridiculous,” she says. “But all I really want is to be able to write and record music and support myself.”