by MICHELLE TREMBLAY | photo by Tyler Golden/NBC

Center Stage

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Twenty-two-year-old Jackie Foster has been singing on stage for most of her life. “I have been singing around San Diego since the age of eight,” recalled Jackie. “Music is all I have ever known and all I have ever wanted to pursue.” Now, as a contestant on television’s hit show The Voice, Jackie is living out her dreams as she makes one of the biggest musical performances of her life.

When Jackie’s audition for The Voice aired on national television, her life changed dramatically. “Many people have been reaching out since my news about The Voice got out,” shared Jackie. “Friends, teachers, and community members have contacted me to congratulate me.” Jackie – who grew up in Poway – has been overwhelmed by the outpouring of love she has received from everyone back home. “I can’t thank everyone enough for being so thoughtful and showing their support!”

Jackie is currently a senior at Berklee College of Music in Boston. When she’s home during college breaks, she enjoys hiking with her mom around Lake Poway and Blue Sky Reserve.
Throughout Jackie’s journey on The Voice, she’s been challenged by trying to stay positive. “While it’s very easy to say ‘don’t compare yourself,’ there are times when you feel the enormity of the show,” she shared. “It can be a stressful process when you are around remarkable singers in a competition.”

Befriending her fellow Voice contestants has helped Jackie cope with these challenges. “The contestants really want the best for one another,” she said. It also doesn’t hurt to have the support of the superstar coaches – Kelly Clarkson, Alicia Keys, Adam Levine, and Blake Shelton.

Even with the rush of fame that has so suddenly come her way, Jackie certainly doesn’t have any trouble keeping things in perspective. “I feel so grateful for this experience,” said Jackie. “I am going to soak up all of this and apply it towards every aspect of my life!”

For more on Jackie’s journey, visit her on social media: @itsjackiefoster.

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