By Your Side - Album
Full Length Original Album
Tony Colter * On-Air Talent Sirius/XM Satellite Radio
“I have had the chance to hear and spin music from this very talented musician. I love her song-writing and I especially love her vocals. I'm talking about Kristine Jackson better known as KJ…. I love the reworked version of her original “By Your Side”. It has very strong vocals and amazing lead guitar work. In fact, this new project is full of all original work with strong vocals, a tight horn section, and great writing. I think you'll see and agree KJ is the Real Deal. Give this new CD a listen, I think there is something for everyone.”
- Opened For -
Nora Jean Bruso
John Hammond Jr
Robert Lockwood Jr.
Kenny Wayne Shepherd
International Blues Challenge
in Memphis, TN
2019 Semifinalist - Solo
2017 Contestant - Self Produced CD
2010 Finalist - Band
Featured in Big City Rhythm & Blues Oct/Nov's 2016 Issue
...... Kristine's vocals shift from gruff to soaring on this power ballad about the loss of a friend, “By Your Side” then moves to the solid R&B of “What Moves You” with punching horns, popping bass and a voice similar to Shaun Murphy or Janiva Magness. With a reggae beat “Change My World” is powered by Ms Jackson’s full throated roar then with a Rod Stewart like croon her vocals swoops high then dropping low as she dreams of “Another Day.” Accompanied by hand claps, whistling and steel drum she’s “Proud To Say” your mine. “Always There” is a rocking ride with a touch of Janis Joplin while “Mary Belle” echoes Grace Slick’s Airplane. With wailing harp along side Kristine’s husky shouts of “Rob You Blind,” the music shifts to a sweet swoon as Kristine shows “How The Angels Sing.” With an icy blast of horns her vocals shiver as she sings “Come In From The Cold” and “Smothered” is a spaghetti western soundtrack as Kristen narrates with horn like vocal lines over her metallic guitar imitating flamenco flourishes. A bombastic rocker, “Burning River Chant” the organ and horns blast power chords as Jackson’s guitar burns it up and her vocals match that force.
With a refreshing gypsy’s abandonment Kristine’s latest CD “By Your Side” takes you to new depths proving it ain’t just the same ol’ blues.