Austin native and musician Jackie Venson broke 1.5 million live streams during her summer concert series, ranking ninth on Pollstar's Top 50 Livestreamers list for Q3.
With COVID-19 sending the live music industry to a screeching halt, many musicians have elected to postpone or cancel performances in favor of live streaming their tunes. Venson, like others, spent the summer live streaming from Facebook with a total of 22 shows between May 5 to Aug. 19, Pollstar reports.
So y’all know how I went live all summer well... I made the @Pollstar top 50 Livestreamers AT NUMBER 9! 1.5 million… https://t.co/6iog1taYUZ— Jackie Venson (@Jackie Venson)1601351213.0
Venson is an Austin native, singer, songwriter, guitarist, classical pianist and the youngest of nine siblings. Her father, Andrew Venson, is also a professional musician and she credits him as her inspiration throughout her childhood.
Venson told Australian Musician having a musician in the family can make the goal of becoming a musician yourself feel more attainable.
"A lot of people like music and they think they have an affinity for it but if nobody else in the family does, then they sometimes don't see it as a possibility," Venson said. "Having my dad as a professional musician, it's like ... you can do this, it's hard but you can do this."
Venson attended Berklee College of Music without ever having picked up a guitar until her last year at school. From there, she devoted her time to the guitar and in 2019, Venson became the first Black woman to win "Best Guitarist" at the Austin Music Awards, as well as the first Black woman to co-host the awards in 2020.
An Austin enthusiast, she said Austin is the best place in the world to become a musician.Though she made her mark live streaming, Venson will return to the stage for an intimate in-person show at ACL Live on Oct. 3 for The Lounge Series.
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The California exodus has made headlines for several years now, and even more recently, with thousands of West Coasters seeking tax relief, less-expensive real estate and a simpler lifestyle in Texas' capital city.
However, a California man's scathing review of Austin, which was published in Business Insider on Wednesday, reveals that some are less than satisfied with their move.