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Singing the Blues to Overcome Them

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Posted on May 1st, 2008 at 3:55 pm

Jacqueline Jones was a beloved jazz singer, when suddenly everything fell apart. She suffered a brain aneurysm, had both knees replaced and her son and husband died. Life throws challenges at us all. She faced hers head-on.

See Jacqueline Jones perform at the Zora! Festival here!

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  • Posted 10:24pm October 2nd, 2009

    I first met Jacqueline Jones about 20 years ago.  The man I was dating at the time picked me up from work (I was a blackjack dealer then) and took me, in uniform (black miniskirt, fish net stockings and a tuxedo shirt!!)....and said I HAD to see this woman entertain.  After just a few songs I sat mezmerized and immediately became a fan.  She exuded talent, excitement, fun and personality galore. And she was doing exactly what I wanted to do!  Over the years I've heard about her personal trials and my heart went out to her.  But she's nothing if not a fighter, and the world should be glad for it.  I don't know if I could handle all she has and come out on top, but it's obvious that nothing keeps Jackie down.  She's one of the most amazing and beautiful women I've ever seen.  Her faith is what keeps her going and makes her who she is.  God bless you, Jackie.  You're the best!! 

    Your friend in music,


  • Posted 3:01pm May 2nd, 2008
     This wonderful lady is one of  my  first  friends when I moved to  Orlando 20 yrs, ago.  She was  performing  in a Jazz  club called
    Sparkles  and  I was  bartender at the time.  Being passionate  about music, Jacquie was a great first friend. Through the years
    she has performed  at  endless  events to  help  raise awareness on major issues from like Stroke, Hunger and HIV.   I was at her first concert when she came back from the aneurysm.  I've held her arm when her knees would not want to move, but when the music starts her million dollar smile turns on and it's all about pleasing the crowd, it's called ` Show Time'.  This lovely lady can give you a show!    Much Love, Meg

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    Bill Shafer
    GB Staff
    Posted 11:43am May 2nd, 2008
    You simply MUST see Jackie live on stage, and NOW is the perfect opportunity. She's performing the music of Billie Holiday in the one-woman show, "A Little Moonlight" at the Ice House Theatre in Mount Dora, FL. Shows are May 1, 3, 9, 11, 15, 17, 23, 25. For more info go to www.icehousetheatre.com

    Tell her Growing Bolder sent you!

  • Posted 6:00pm May 1st, 2008

    Marc & Team . . .

    Thank you so much for "spotlighting" the life of this precious jewel, Jacqueline Jones. The reality of her journey, even though filled with immeasurable pain, is one of great inspiration.  Her internal strength and personal courage are not only to be admired but they are to be emulated. 

    There are times in our lives when the olive has to be crushed.  For it's in the crushing that the pure oil comes forth in all its power and its glory.  Oh, none of us embraces, welcomes or desires the crushing, the darkness or the pain.  But when we come out of the other side of our crushing and are given the blessed opportunity to pour the rich, sweet oil into the lives of the broken, downtrodden, hopeless, rejected and dying, well, I say what some of the old saints said long ago,
    "I wouldn't take nothing for my journey!"

    Oh, how well I truly understand Jacqueline's journey.  And I recognize what a wealthy, wealthy woman you have spotlighted!  Her oil is a treasure that cannot be measured!

    Thank you Jacqueline for not giving up; for not being bitter but better.  Yes, I thank you, Phenomenal Woman, for realizing there is a reason you have survived.  I thank you for facing your challenges head-on and for allowing your pain to propel you into your purpose. 

    May the Lord my God grant you great songs of healing, hope and deliverance!

    Blessings and Much Love,
    Ora ~

    * * * * *
    Rev. Ora Stearns Smith
    Ora International


    Be Fluent in Love!


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