Jackie Mendez is a vocalist and musician based in Los Angeles, California. Born and raised in South El Monte, a city just outside of Los Angeles, Jackie's interest in music came at an early age. She fondly remembers singing and dancing using the family karaoke machine while no one was around. With the encouragement of her father, Jackie initially took up playing the clarinet in grade school, later moving on to learning the guitar and bass. Through her high school years, Jackie began composing her own songs strongly influenced by the music she was passionate about at the time. She grew up listening to a wide range of music, but it wasn't until her introduction to Ska and Punk, mainly the British 2Tone ska revival music of the late 1970's where Jackie took the next step and started playing in bands. Initially, playing keys and singing backing vocals in her groups, Jackie soon took center stage as the front person. Her desire to learn and grow musically led her to developing a deep passion for 1960s's era Jamaican Ska and Reggae music. Singers like Alton Ellis and Ken Boothe, were now laying the foundation for her future as a singer.
With some experience under her belt, Jackie is ready to utilize her talents and put them to into action making the move to pursue a career as a solo artist. Jackie is now accompanied by an all-star band featuring a line-up of some of California's finest musicians specializing in 1960's era Jamaican music. Her high energy, vocal ability and unique style, sets the stage for Jackie to introduce herself as a solo artist to music lovers worldwide. Angel City Records is proud to present their new solo artist Jackie Mendez. Watch for her upcoming releases and shows in the coming months!