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Meet Kaitlyn

Originally from Central New York, I'm a small town girl with big aspirations and a whole lot of love: love for theatre and dance, love for music and songwriting, love for the pursuit of knowledge, love for God, and love for my family and friends.

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Theatre

While all this music business was happening, I was also a full time dancer and was diving into the world of theatre. I had grown up in musicals but really started to take it seriously in high school. I got to play Lola (Damn Yankees) and Mary Poppins (you guessed it), and I knew this was what I needed to be doing. However, having two parents as teachers made me quite the brainiac (I graduated Valedictorian of my high school) so I was stuck between pursuing my artistic passion or my "academic" passion (broadcast journalism/physics/all of it, I don't know). I soon realized that my "passion" for broadcast journalism was really just me wanting to be on TV so I decided to stop beating around the bush and go for those performing dreams! 

The Beginning

My mom always said I was a screamer as a baby so she knew I was going to be a singer (lungs of steel, baby). I started dancing at the age of 2 and was singing in talent shows by the time I was 5. My dad and I would sing at various events and fundraisers and we eventually became quite an established father-daughter act.

 

When I was 12, I went down to Nashville, TN to write and record my first album of pop/country original music. Years of falling further in love with music led me to my featured spot on Season 13 of American Idol when I was 15 years old (poor timing to experiment with bangs, yikes...), a second CD of original music, and a wide open door to a world of performance opportunities with my band,

Kaitlyn Jackson & Hometown. 

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The Latest

So, here we are! I graduated with my BFA in Acting from Ithaca College in 2020 (a tough time to kickstart a career in musical theatre... thanks COVID). But luckily for me, I had the opportunity to join the cast of the Broadway National Tour of Anastasia: The Musical as the pandemic was settling down! 10 months on the road taught me so much about myself as an artist and as a strong freaking woman, and I am so excited to put everything I've learned to use as I move on to more show biz adventures.

P.S. I am the biggest Harry Potter goon in the universe and I have a classic case of Hermione Granger Syndrome: I'm a Ravenclaw at heart but I'm masquerading as a Gryffindor. Not related in the slightest, but I thought you should know! (Watch the video below to see me quite literally living my dreams.)

Kaitlyn                Jackson

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