It would have been enough - more than enough - for anyone with a great voice and a dream. Win the Golden Music Awards "Female Vocalist of the Year"...earn the prestigious Levi Strauss award...garner a bunch of other industry awards...release some fantastic CDs ≠ as Jaci has ≠ and the average person could have died then with a great, big smile on their face.
Jaci Rae is not your average person.
Far from it, in fact. She is that rare woman in command of a range of creative skills, thoroughly able to impact the world with each one.
A Singer...Like a River
When Jaci started out in the music business, she was the greenest of greenies. An outsider's outsider. Faced with those kinds of impossible odds, the hopes of hundreds of thousands of other would-be singing stars have withered on the vine and died.
It only made Jaci all the more determined.
She had little idea how to launch her own singing career. There were, after all, no manuals on the subject. So she learned. Several years of trial and error later - of learning what made music execs and their unusual industry tick - yielded success. Great success in fact. To date, Jaci has achieved four number one singles on various stations across the country such as KOFI, KATX, KFTX and B105 to name a few, in her brand of heartfelt country...plus a top 15 spot on the ECMA charts in Europe.
Her latest CD, Can't Push a River, is a critical and commercial success. Said DJ, Chris Allen, from Big Kat 98.9 in Minnesota: "There is so much heart and soul in Jaci's music! Incredible CD!" More praise followed. "This is a great CD. The first 2 songs are especially Terrific. All in all it's a great CD and should do well for her," said Grand Ole Opry Star, Ernie Ashworth.
And from across the pond, Raymond Phillips from Country Harvest Radio in Australia said, "Can't Push a River is truly a first class product, something Jaci can really be proud of from the first to the last track!" And the list goes on!
Accomplish this much and people will call you a leader. But Jaci was just getting started.
Cutting a Path to Music Success
... Then Mapping the Way
Not everyone can write. Fortunately, Jaci Rae can.
With that talent, she has given others the roadmap to music success she never had.
It's called The Indie Guide to Music, Marketing and Money. To many budding singing stars, it is the single missing piece in their music career puzzle.
"If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it, did it make a sound? If you make music and nobody hears it, did it make a difference? So you love to make music. If that music is made out of inspiration, then it's going to move others. But to get your music to others you need a plan. I've been successful in the music business for 40 years, and I can tell you that Jaci's book The Indie Guide to Music, Marketing and Money gives you that plan. You won't need to figure it out by trial and error. Now it's up to you to follow that plan and successfully spread your music." Dennis Marcellino Former member of Sly & The Family Stone, The Elvin Bishop Group, and The Tokens. Now a very successful indie artists www.DennisMarcellino.com
"WOW! Jaci Rae's book, The Indie Guide to Music, Marketing and Money, is what I have been looking for all along!" said singer, Justin Timestin. He's not alone. With the Guide's help, Reginald Owens and his partner, "not only got college bookings, radio, and Internet airplay, but also the number nine spot in the CMJ (College Music Journal)."
"I just read the The Indie Guide to Music, Marketing and Money and I might have to eat my words about no one coming along with a magic wand...Jaci Rae come awfully close!! I wish I had half the information in this book several years ago! What a gift Jaci Rae is giving so many up-and-coming musicians. Thank you again for such a goldmine of information!" Elisabeth Carlisle - Former A&M artist. Successful touring Indie Musician and One of the Top High School Music Teacher in the U.S. www.glacierrecords.com
The thing is, testimonials like these are typical of the feedback Jaci's book generates. The Indie Guide to Music, Marketing and Money has changed (and will change) the destinies of struggling singers and musicians throughout the world.
But here's what's so remarkable: Not everyone returns after they've achieved success to help others succeed, too.
Jaci is that rare person.
Writing Relationship Wrongs
Helping relationships succeed is another of Jaci's crusades.
The fact that so many marriages crash and burn is an issue with her. To Jaci, it's just common sense that good relationships boil down to good communication. That was an important lesson Jaci learned early on as a counselor for troubled youth.
With all their science, psychologists and psychiatrists still don't have the answer to the divorce epidemic (collectively, the group has an outrageous divorce rate of 90 percent). Jaci knew that and struggled to come up with her own model for teaching, her own style for instructing principles of communication in relationships.
She found it in football, of all places.
Winning Points with the Woman in Your Life is an original work, a refreshing, slightly tongue-in-cheek comparison of football and relationships that gives men a memorable way of visualizing male/female action and reaction.
"The award-winning singer's 10th book tackles the subject of improving romantic relationships. Cleverly using football plays, scrimmage strategies, and tactical maneuvers as analogies, she shows the male reader how to score big points with their woman," wrote Richard Leiby of The Washington Post.
"Winning Points with the Woman in Your Life One Touchdown at a Time" by Jaci Rae is the best and only book I have ever seen that embraces men and does it with their interests in mind. I read this book cover to cover two times and found the information extremely useful and pertinent. It's fascinating and compelling, but most of all informative." - Dr. Dale A. Helman, Neurologist - Salinas, CA
Couples have already written to thank her for the huge help this book has been. But this is just one more impact from a very impactful woman.
With her tenth self-help book completed, with her music career firmly on course, with all of these accomplishments coming at a very early age, Jaci remains grateful for her blessings and excited about the future.
Her future will undoubtedly include many new achievements.
A "Renaissance Woman" is someone accomplished in a number of fields, including the arts and sciences.
What a perfect way to describe Jaci Rae.
For more information on Jaci as well as radio and television appearances, please go to: Jaci Rae
"Jaci Rae has lived the dream but it did not happen overnight. Her book, The Indie Guide to Music, Marketing and Money tells you how she did it, one step at a time."
Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck Top Music Reviewer www.muzikreviews.com