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Jackson will be guest sololist at Oh Joy! Fratelli’s Holiday Concert. Join in the fun and get tickets today!!
Jackson has been invited to perform at a private event.
Bringing HS (Hidradenitis Suppurativa) Out of the Dark
Jackson Gillies is an 18-year-old student at Santa Barbara City College whose life took a major turn when he won Santa Barbara’s Teen Star USA crown in 2016. Since then he has performed at the Concert to End Gun Violence Across America with Kenny Loggins and opened for Jim Messina at the William Sansum Diabetes Center fundraiser, among many other noteworthy appearances.
Jackson is a spokesperson for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation for whom he has made national TV public service ads with Mary Tyler Moore and a DVD titled “Almost Bionic” about the Artificial Pancreas Project. Jackson, a Type 1 diabetic since age 3, has come full circle, this year becoming one of 250 Type 1 diabetics who took part in the international Closed Loop Artificial Pancreas Trial.
Four years ago Jackson developed the first sign of another disease. After more than a few misdiagnoses, his condition was finally pegged as Hidradenitis Suppurativa, an autoinflammatory disease that causes painful skin abscesses. HS afflicts as many as four percent of the population (potentially 230 million people), yet is rarely discussed or studied. HS can be physically, psychologically, and socially debilitating, the lesions affecting the most sensitive parts of the body, places where there is skin to skin contact. The painful abscesses can take months or years to heal.
Despite all this, and after five surgeries, Jackson conceived, produced, and starred in the “Something That Matters Concert” to raise awareness about Hidradenitis Suppurativa. He was the first performer to step into the light about the disease. His TEDx talk, “Bringing HS Out of the Dark” will continue this quest, to spread the word about HS, to help other sufferers understand their disease, and hopefully to encourage researchers to work on a cure.
Jackson will be singing ten songs from The Great American Songbook! Rod Lathim is preparing another wonderful afternoon of music featuring Jackson on vocals with Randy Tico on bass, Tom Lackner on drums, Chris Judge on guitar, Tom Buckner on horns, George Friedenthal and Gil Rosas on piano. The concert takes place at the Marjorie Luke Theater which boasts some of the best acoustics in Santa Barbara.
Jackson will be playing with the One Night Only Band led by Tariqh Akoni! They will be doing a Stevie Wonder Tribute!
This is a gourmet dinner/hot air balloon basket ride/dance party benefiting one of the most important causes in Santa Barbara. A bucket list event!!
Join us in commemorating the 16th anniversary of this historic date and focus on bringing all communities together, reaffirming our hope for world peace and celebrating life and universal humanity.
Musical Performances by:
Edelweiss Choir of Santa Barbara
Jackson Gillies, Winner of Teen Star 2016
Z Wilde’s Fratelli – a men’s choir
Jackson will be singing at this fabulous William Sansum Diabetes Research Center event at QAD in Summerland, California. This event features a spectacular view, great music, dancing and live and silent auctions. Attendees will enjoy gourmet food, fine wines and hand-crafted beer from the Central Coast’s best purveyors. Come on out and support this super worthwhile event and one that is near and dear to Jackson.
Jackson was a recipient of the Profant Foundation Scholarship and will be greeting guests at the FIESTA FINALE along with the other 2017 Profant recipients.
This FIESTA FINALE includes:
5:30 Cocktails & Hors d’Oeuvres
6:30 Plated Dinner & Wine
7:30 Professional Performance by International Opera Sensation Milena Kitic
Fiesta Costume or Cocktail Attire General Seating $225 Limited Seating Available
Call 805 662 8184 for tickets
The Profant Foundation is preserving Santa Barbara’s cultural heritage and assisting artists of all ages through scholarships, exhibits & performances. The Profant Foundation is a nonprofit 501c3 organization.
Jackson Gillies has been invited by Randy Tico to perform once again with the bright and shiny lights of Santa Barbara’s music scene!
Come on down to Alameda Park and soak in the tunes on the eve of the Solstice Parade!!
He has been George Bailey, Nathan Detroit, Tom Sawyer and now Jackson will be the lead in the fabulous musical comedy How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying playing the role of J. Pierrepont Finch. Hunter Hawkins (Teen Star Finalist) will play the role of Rosemary Pilkington! The show will be presented by the The Adderly School and the Santa Barbara Youth Ensemble Theater at the LOBERO THEATER and Jackson and Hunter are thrilled!! Will keep you posted!