Singer-Songwriter Night feat. Jackson Gillies, Victoria Vox, Tom Cole, Marcella Quirin, & The Jason Frost Trio

Jackson Gillies

Jackson Gillies is a 19-year-old student at Santa Barbara City College whose life took a major turn when he won Santa Barbara’s Teen Star in 2016. Since then he has performed at the Concert to End Gun Violence Across America with Kenny Loggins, opened for Jim Messina at the William Sansum Diabetes Center fundraiser at The Lobero Theatre, and played J. Pierrepont Finch in How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying with the Santa Barbara Youth Ensemble Theatre, directed by Janet Adderly. Most recently he played with Kenny Loggins, Ruby Stewart and The Sisterhood, and sang with Janet Adderly students with David Foster at the One805 #KickAshBash for first responders

After the Thomas Fire and Montecito Mudslide in 2018, Jackson performed and was musical director and co-producer of Teens Sing for Santa Barbara, which raised over $65,000 for Unity Shoppe’s Montecito and Santa Barbara Disaster Survivors’ Fund. Kenny Loggins and his band, along with Bill Champlain and a group of talented teens, including mudslide survivor Lauren Cantin, performed. A Teens Sing for SB Unity Shoppe Telethon featuring the Teens Sing Concert and some new musical numbers with Kenny Loggins will be aired on KEYT TV on Dec. 8, 2018.

Jackson has been a spokesperson for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, for whom he made national TV public service ads with Mary Tyler Moore and a DVD titled “Almost Bionic” about the Artificial Pancreas Project. A Type 1 diabetic since age 3, he came full circle last year, becoming one of 250 Type 1s taking part in the international Closed Loop Artificial Pancreas Trial at William Sansum Diabetes Research Center in Santa Barbara.

Four years ago Jackson developed the first sign of another disease. After more than a few misdiagnoses, his condition was finally pegged as Hidradenitis Suppurativa, believed to be an auto inflammatory disease that causes painful skin abscesses. HS afflicts as many as four percent of the population (potentially 230 million people), yet is rarely discussed or studied. HS is an orphan disease meaning little research or funding is available. The painful abscesses can take months or years to heal. Jackson has found some relief through diet.

Despite the challenges he faces, and after five surgeries, Jackson conceived, produced, and starred in the “Something That Matters Concert” to raise awareness about Hidradenitis Suppurativa. Kenny Loggins, Tariqh Akoni, Fausto Cuevas, Lanesha Latimer, Randy Tico, Tom Lackner and George Friedenthal joined in to help He was the first performer to step into the light about the disease. Jackson recently presented a TEDx talk entitled “Bringing HS Out of the Darknness” which has been viewed 60,000 times to date. Jackson is constantly fielding questions and connecting with HS sufferers who hid for years and, for some, decades.

Most recently Jackson was invited to be featured in a book titled The Santa Barbara Project by Nathaniel Gray. He is extremely grateful to his mentors in SB and for those honors like Teen Sing, The Profant Foundation Award, and The Santa Barbara Project. Check out his website at

On March 3rd you can watch his audition for season 2 of American Idol!! Tune in to see if he gets the Golden Ticket to Hollywood!

Victoria Vox

Victoria Vox (Victoria Maher, née Davitt) is an award-winning songwriter and performer. Originally from Green Bay, WI, Vox has lived in France, England, Nashville, Baltimore, and now resides in Costa Mesa, CA. Vox is an 'ukulele-toting award-winning songwriter and performer. With a passion for songwriting since she was 10, (first on keyboard, then on guitar), she studied at the Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA) and in 2003, she took up the ukulele as her main accompaniment. Since the release of her first ukulele album in 2006 (... and her Jumping Flea), Vox has been one of the leading songwriters on the ukulele scene (Ukulele Magazine, front cover + feature article). However, she straddles into the folk scene as well, where she has opened for Jackson Browne, Tom Chapin, Leo Kottke, and Cheryl Wheeler. She performs mostly as a one-woman-band, incorporating a loop pedal and bass effect on her ukulele, while taking her own solos (on mouth-trumpet), and cutting through it all with her genuine lyrics and pure voice. A stage name can be a becoming thing. "Vox" (in latin) means voice, and along with her care for the environment (1% for the Planet Member), she has written and donated songs to the American Aspergers Association and the Duchenne Foundation. On a lighter note, she also has perfected the Mouth-Trumpet which, to some, is considered a form of "beat-boxing". Vox takes improvisational solos echoing the tones of trumpet genius, Chet Baker, solely with her voice. This odd and quirky talent, nonetheless, landed her on the Jay Leno Show (2009) and on the front page of the Wall Street Journal (2015). 2018 welcomes the release of her new album, "Colorful Heart". It's whimsical and eclectic and full of heart.

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