New Zealand born artist Jackie Bristow has released a new single commemorating the ANZAC spirit as we approach the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC landing at Gallipoli. 'Fallen Youth' draws its lyrics from the poem of an unnamed ANZAC soldier in WW1, found in the public library of Jackie's hometown of Gore, NZ.
Currently based in Los Angeles, after an extensive stint in Australia, Jackie crafted the commemorative reinterpretation of the poem on top of the Hokonui Hills in New Zealand, and now performs the song as part of her live set.
"The poem speaks from the heart of an ANZAC soldier and that is the emotion I'm trying to get across. It feels good to sing 'Fallen Youth' and to tell a story for all of the world's soldiers," Jackie said.
Jackie's childhood friend, Kiwi soldier Aaron Horrell, found the poem and carried it with him for 20 years before asking Jackie to turn the poem into a song.
'The poem is very special to me," said Aaron 'The words have rung true many times when I've lost comrades and I'm sure the words will continue to ring true for years to come."
(Aaron served two tours in East Timor, two tours in Afghanistan and has worked as private security in the Kandahar and Helmand provinces.)
At once heartfelt and sophisticated, Jackie Bristow combines subtle and beautiful melodies with hooks that hypnotise her audiences the world over.
The talented singer/songwriter has opened for scores of international stars, including Bonnie Raitt, Tommy Emmanuel, Marc Cohn, John Oates, John Waite, Bettye Lavette, B.J. Thomas, Joe Ely, Marcia Ball, Charlie Robison, Rick Springfield, Bob Schneider, Jimmy Lafave, Euge Groove, Ruthie Foster, Art Garfunkel, Willy Porter, Herbert Gronemeyer, Madeline Peryoux, Phoebe Snow, Daniel Lanois, Jimmy Webb, Paul Williams and Howard Jones.
Her songs have also been featured in New Zealand and Australian film and television shows such as Go Girls, Nothing Trivial, The Secret Life Of Us, Blue Rose, Home And Away, Outrageous Fortune, Shortland Street, and Go Big. Her song, "This is Australia" won a Tourism Australia song competition and was featured in a worldwide promotional campaign.