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  • Writer's pictureMary Ann

Thirsty Thursday Featuring Jacquie Roar

Thank you for chatting with us! Who have been some of your biggest musical influences growing up and do the same artists currently continue to influence you now?    

Vocally, I’ve always loved Mariah Carey. I would sing her songs loud and proud but musically it’s always been rock for me. Anywhere from Journey, to Metallica to Bush to Lynyrd Skynyrd and even Queen. Throw in a sprinkle of 90’s country like Alan Jackson, Martina McBride, Reba, Garth… Still all my go-to’s for inspiration. I love mashing old and new when writing. 

You’ve played on a lot of stages with a lot of big artists. Is there anyone you been starstruck by?    

Reba has to have been my biggest accomplishment. Singing with her, harmonizing on national television for everyone to see?? Looking at her while I’m singing?! Yeah… You could say I was having an out-of-body experience!

You recently released your new single “Learn About Love." Tell us a little backstory about the song. 

This is my first release of a song I didn’t write or write on. To be honest, I was not sold on it when I first heard it. I was thinking it was too pretty. I’m definitely more of a ‘in your face, gritty, rocker’ type of gal and “Learn About Love” was pretty, sweet and definitely a pop-country song. I loved the lyrics though, so my producer, Jason Mater, said to me, “We’ll Jacquie-fy it and make it sound like a bit of gritty rock.” Now I’m obsessed with this song! It’s absolutely relatable. I’ve made some bad choices in my past relationships with people I was never meant to be with. Now I know better ‘cause I definitely learned about love the hard way. 

What is one thing you can tell us that most people don’t know about you and might surprise us?  

I hate sour cream and blue cheese. I also get really grossed out when someone eats those two things in front of me. 

Did you always want to be a musician or was there a specific moment that something happened that made you think "this is what I want to do with my life." If so, what was it?    

I wanted to be a chef. I struggled with self-esteem and had crippling stage fright, so singing was something I only did around people I loved. I took a culinary class in high school and fell in love with cooking, but I couldn’t afford to go to culinary school – so, I worked regular jobs l(ike retail or fast food or receptionist positions) until I was 21. Then, on my 21st birthday, I walked into a bar and told the owner to hire me because I would work hard, learn fast and make him good money since I have an out-going and funny personality. He hired me on the spot right there, so I started bartending. I got into running karaoke when I wasn’t bartending. Eventually I saved up enough money to buy DJing equipment and started a karaoke/wedding DJing business. I found my love for singing again and finally started to pursue music seriously after having my daughter. It’s what I was made to do. I just had to get over my stupid fear of singing in front of people. 

What is an example of a menu you would prepare if I came over?    

I am obsessed with seafood, so I would first serve oysters on the half shell with cocktail sauce with cilantro and lime,  a pomegranate mignonette and a cucumber, dill, jalapeño and lemon granita sauce. 

For the main course, it would be my beer, garlic and old bay butter sauce and I would create a delicious Bairdi Crab boil with Andouille sausage, corn, red potatoes, hard boiled eggs and mushrooms. 

Dessert would be an ice cream mud pie or a fresh strawberry cheesecake!

How do you drink your coffee?  

I don’t. I’m a tea drinker!

Favorite music to listen to while you cook?  

90’s rock or country.

If you could share a meal with any four individuals, living or dead, who would they be?    

I love to eat with my family, so it would be my two kiddos, my fiancé and maybe a magician so we can be entertained 😂 

If I had to choose celebrities, it would be Janis Joplin, Lainey Wilson, Ryan Reynolds and Lucille Ball. 

Finally, if you could be sponsored by one food/drink brand, who would it be and why? or any crab leg wholesalers and/or Smart Water because who doesn’t want to have unlimited crab and water? I know I’m weird…just go with it lol!

From performing at The Oregon Jamboree to sharing the stage with major headlining artists such as Reba McEntireAlan JacksonMartina McBrideKelsea BalleriniDan + Shay and more, Jacquie Roar has worked tirelessly on building up her name in the music industry. Finally catching fire, Jacquie got the call and joined Season 24 of America’s reality singing competition, “The Voice.”Debuting nationally, Jacquie sang “Here for the Party” by Gretchen Wilson and impressed the coaches, resulting in a coveted “Four Chair Turn.” She fought her way through the competition and placed 4th in the finale.  Jacquie is not only a powerhouse vocalist, she is also a brilliant songwriter. This firecracker will light that stage up with her high energy performances and she will chill your bones with her emotive ballads. She released her first post-“The Voice” single “Bad Habit” in February 2024, followed by “Learn About Love” on April 5, 2024.


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