“Jackie is a star in the Madison music scene. She ranges from Soulful to angsty rock to tasteful synth pop with ease. She writes her own stuff and has several bands she performs with. Watch for her next performance and treat yourself! ♡”
Songs By Violet (Jackie Ernst) is a powerhouse vocalist, musician and songwriter based in Madison, Wisconsin. She is a passionate artist who loves performing...from rocking the stage to breaking it down acoustic. No matter the setting, Jackie is sure to draw you in with her dynamic, edgy presence.
***Best of Madison 2020 - Singer/Songwriter Nominee
***Best of Madison 2020 - Rock Band/Singer Nominee
Music and singing have been a part of life for Jackie since a young age when she started finding a real connection with music through figure skating and dance. As soon as she could drive, car singing became a huge part of her daily life! Jackie graduated from Madison Media Institute in 2011 and shortly after began studying and self-teaching vocal technique and writing poetry. But it wasn't until 2015 when her daughter began high school that she decided to pursue public performance, and fell in love with music all over again. Jackie has been wowing crowds all over Southeastern Wisconsin with her fiery stage presence and powerful vocals ever since!
Currently you can find Jackie performing solo acoustic in and around the Dane County area. You can also find her fronting the audacious Rock band Violet Riot (violetriotband.com), as well as singing and playing rhythm guitar for 80’s Synth-Pop band VideoStar Madison (videostarmadison.com). Former Lead Vocalist for SuperTuesday and Strange Deja Vu.
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Influences: Stevie Nicks, Pink, Melissa Etheridge, Bonnie Raitt, Paramore, Aretha Franklin, Susan Tedeschi, Tori Kelly, Heart, Elle King, Halsey, Beth Hart, Led Zepplin, Brandi Carlile, Aerosmith, Kelly Clarkson, Bishop Briggs, Janis Joplin, Sara Barielles, The Dixie Chicks, Joan Jett, The Black Crows, Chris Cornell, Grace Potter, Gretchen Wilson, Panic! At The Disco, The Offspring, Guns N’ Roses, Halestorm, Kacey Musgraves, Julia Michaels, Kesha, The Civil Wars, Dorothy, Hozier, Joss Stone, Alanis Morissette, Miranda Lambert, Foo Fighters, Fiona Apple and more!
There is always something in the works for Songs By Violet, from new original songs to various live collaborations in and around the Madison, WI area. Follow along on social media for the latest news!