The experiences we face throughout our lives, in many cases, can determine who we become. They not only shape our character, they guide us to our destiny. This is the case for singer-songwriter Corbette Jackson. His life journey consists of a series of events that collided to form the reason he creates fearlessly and the way he embraces and performs music. Corbette Jackson grew up in Newnan, GA with the same interests as any typical small town American kid. However, he was exposed to indigence and an environment rocked by domestic violence at a young age, putting both him and his mother’s safety in jeopardy. In efforts to escape an abusive household, Corbette’s mother took him and his brother and moved to Puerto Rico to temporarily live with Corbette’s grandparents. Despite all of the chaos around him, Corbette found solace by putting on his headphones, walking around the countryside outside of San Juan embracing the music. In those moments, he became aware of his desire to create music that could help others hold on to a sense hope and his vocation to offer a live experience for everyone to be outside of themselves for a while.
Fast forward to Corbette Jackson’s teenage years where he put his destiny in motion by moving to Nashville after graduating from high school. His first musical endeavor was a fund-raising song for a hometown friend who was battling Stage 4 cancer. The release, “Heart of A Champion,” quickly became one of the most requested songs in the Atlanta area and demonstrated to the young singer how his music could connect to affect meaningful action. He went on the road to support the single and his high-octane shows became widely renowned throughout the live music circuit in the southeast. But the relentless touring took its toll.
After the Heart of a Champion Tour, Corbette felt compelled to take time to pursue other interests. He took classes while working in the emergency department of a trauma center at a Tennessee hospital. During his experience there he came face to face with the stark realities of life, which led to his ultimate decision to return to music. “Introspectively, it was a tumultuous time.” says Jackson. “I was trying to decide if music was the path that I wanted to take and what it was that I wanted out of life. Suddenly, I was working in a trauma center where people were fighting to survive under daily basis, where every moment was critical. It had a transformative effect on me, and it t was one of the vital parts of my life that provided me some of the impetus and accountability to live the life that I want and to get out there and do what I believe my creator ultimately put me here to do.”
After finishing school and wrapping up his time at the hospital, Corbette decided to return to his true passion, creating and performing music. He wrote. He recorded. He started playing live shows again. He found his sound. Now that sound is starting to be heard all over America. Powered by a production team on opposite sides of the globe, in Nashville and in Tokyo, the Georgia native is redefining musical lines and genre boundaries.