The jacinta recipe...
"Blend a bit of Madonna with a smattering of Kylie (Minogue), throw in some Olivia (Newton-John) and a pinch of Sarah (McLachlan), simmer until hot!
The wonderful dish we call Jacinta :)"
Jacinta began her nomadic path toward stardom at an early age. Born to a Russian father who fled communism and who survived years in Indonesian POW camps, Jacinta’s parents eventually found solace in the U.S. They settled in Portland, Oregon just in time to welcome their talented new daughter but were soon off again to make Australia their new home. That is where Jacinta was raised and began her lifelong love of music.
Jacinta's Australian mother was described as “the girl with the smile in her voice,” and it certainly rubbed off. Jacinta had love affairs with everything music. Her classical piano roots and love of electronic music lead her to keyboards, sequencers and samplers. She started to write, took up coaching with Olivia Newton-John’s singing tutor Jack White, and added saxophone and guitar to her skills, performing in bands from Rock to R&B.
With the talents of her mom and the courage of her father, while completing her Science degree, Jacinta’s first band Maiden Voyage toured relentlessly for 3 years along the East Coast of Australia, from the Outback to the tropical north of Darwin and Cairns. Jacinta paid her dues, learning how to do sound, lighting, promoting and booking the five-woman band.
Building on her success, she put her own Band together to pursue her original music and one day woke up with her band mates in India!
Six of only eleven Australians in all of Hyderabad, they all soon experienced tough times. Extreme chaos permeated their way of life—it was devastating and joyful all at once. Indian music began to infuse Jacinta’s writing and influenced her EP “Sandalwood ~ Under the Influence,” which later went on to hit the Australian Independent chart and be licensed for TV and film. In the meantime, though, getting out of India became their top priority—one that proved to be very difficult.
Wanted ‘dead’ by their booking agent, it took months for Jacinta to smuggle four band members out of the country. She and her remaining mate eventually escaped back to Australia via Singapore. From this ordeal, Jacinta learned to appreciate the fragility of life. “I believe we all have a special God given purpose in life, and that is what we truly yearn to be and to live,” says Jacinta.
Upon her return to Australia, Jacinta also returned to her first musical love, the piano and her ‘dark hours’ acoustic style was conceived. She also began writing for the TV hit series “The Saddle Club” where her hit single “Wonderland” became a hit on both the Australian and Asian mainstream charts, and 13 of her songs can still be heard on “The Saddle Club” albums and DVD's.
Coming to Austin TX U.S. for the SXSW Music Conference, Jacinta began establishing herself in the American market. Thanks to her old mate and new-found business partner Colin Barnes (aka Barnsey), Jacinta’s revitalized label Chunky Music released her electronica epic “Smokescreen”.
Texas Shout Magazine claimed Jacinta " …could very well be Australia’s finest export to date...possessing a demanding stage presence and writing memorable songs."
Released in late 2005, Jacinta’s title single from her “Sunshine” Compilation became her first Top 20 hit on the Billboard Club Chart. “Destination” was released in August 2006 and became her second Billboard hit. Other dance hits followed with “Can’t Keep it a Secret” in 2007 (going Top10 across the US), and Electric Universe in 2008. Also in 2008, Jacinta was a nominee for Best Break-Through Artist at the International Dance Music Awards.
In support of these projects, Jacinta performs regularly across the U.S., having performed in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Seattle, Chicago, Houston, Phoenix, Las Vegas, New Orleans and New England.
2009 has been huge, with the release of multiple projects; co-productions with new duo “Wild Jaam” featuring Jacinta and Amber Dirks (of Sister Sledge fame), and a new Cybersutra track featuring Jacinta. Endorsed by Judge Jules of BBC Radio1, the Song I SEE FIRE debuted as the #1 Breakout Song on the Billboard Dance Chart in January 2009. Jacinta’s dream has also been realized this year, literally, with the full stage show “DREAM!” now a reality in partnership with long time friend, Producer/Director Don Fox. Amazing visuals, full orchestra, backing singers, dancers and a wonderful story line bring out all of Jacinta’s best attributes, highlighting her soaring vocals, dynamic stage presence and multi instrumental musical prowess.
In conjunction with DREAM!, the new album LUMINA will also be released later in the year.
2009 also marks her first European releases in Germany and the Benelux region thru Five Star Records, and her representatives in that area, International Artists.
Jacinta's solo career has given her the opportunity to work with internationally respected musicians including Tony Bennett, Cake, Leo Sayer, David Gates of Bread, Glenn Shorrock of Little River Band, Take That and Cirque Du Soleil.
Basing herself and her label Chunky Music in the U.S., Jacinta’s success continues with touring all over North America in support of her hit singles and critically acclaimed albums.
Keyboard Magazine declares “all dance diva’s are not created equal…”
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