Jackie took piano lessons for seven years beginning at the age of eight. In high school she played percussion with the concert band and keyboards at church. A picture she drew on the schools computer would later be used as the art work for Soundsmyths debut CD. After graduating in 2008 she attended the Herron School of Art and Design in Indianapolis. Even though she stayed only one year, her work is displayed in the schools museum. In 2009 she contributed musically and artistically to the "Witch's Ball" and a year later provided the artwork for "Allegory and Allusion". Early in 2011 Jackie was asked to contribute keyboards for a new song titled "The Wings of Love". After rehearsing a few times with the band it became apparent there was mutual interest in her filling the open keyboard position. Her first "official" practice session as a band member took place on 9/12/2011.