New Zealand-born Bristow transplanted to the United States in 2005 after spending the previous 10 years songwriting and performing in Australia. Since coming to the US, she has been playing shows and writing continuously. She was the opening act for internationally-acclaimed guitar legend Tommy Emmanuel. in February 2011. Jackie and Tommy played to sold-out theaters across the country. Since that tour, Jackie has been the opening act for Marc Cohn, John Oates, John Waite, Bettye Lavette, B.J Thomas, Joe Ely, Marcia Ball, Charlie Robison, Rick Springfield, Bob Schneider, and Jimmy Lafave. She opens for Euge Groove, Ruthie Foster and Howard Jones in November 2012.
Jackie has proven to be an artist who shows no signs of stopping. Her live performances have captivated audiences throughout the States, Australia and New Zealand. One reviewer of her February tour with Tommy Emmanuel wrote: “The show opened with New Zealand-born singer and guitarist Jackie Bristow. Opening for a musical giant like Emmanuel would seem a daunting task, but Bristow was relaxed as her soulfully-seductive melodies reverberated within the auditorium. Her beautiful voice and earnest songs resonated with the audience, and they applauded her eagerly. Near the end of the show, Bristow joined Emmanuel on stage for an amazing duet that received a standing ovation.