TEXAS, United States, Monday March 12, 2018 – A musically gifted 18 year-old high school senior has dreams of not only making it on Broadway but also discovering his Caribbean roots.
Bryson Jackson, a native of Desoto, Texas with deep roots in The Bahamas, has been making musical and theatrical waves not only in the Lone Star State but also on the national stage with his exceptional gift of dance and strong vocal ability.
Jackson discovered his musical gifts at age eight, three years after his parents sensed he would be destined for a career in music. They were so confident in his abilities that they made him sing Happy Birthday to himself when he turned eight.
Ten years later, Jackson – a jazz baritone and avid musical theatre performer— has journeyed from being assigned as a clarinet prop in his early middle school years to being named “Best Featured Actor” at the 2016 Dallas Summer Musicals High School Musical Theatre Awards, unofficially known as the “High School Tony Awards”. The Bahamian-American, who now lives in McKinney, Texas, has also competed at the International Thespian Festival on three occasions, and had the opportunity to train with top Broadway performers during one of those visits.
“I am very proud of my son,” said Shandricka Jackson (née Shandricka McGlover), Bryson’s mother, who grew up in Nassau before moving to the United States at age 13. “He has inspired me to go back to school to get my masters in dance and open my studio as I have always dreamed,” she added. She noted that she was pleased her son was pursuing his passions regardless of societal pressures: “This is something I wish I would have done when I was younger.”
The younger Jackson, while passionate about the creative arts, holds a measured perspective about the future. “Maybe Broadway, a movie or a play,” he said when asked about the future. “I just want to be happy – to do what it takes to be happy.”
Happiness for Jackson includes exploring both his love for music as well as his Bahamian roots given the maternal Bahamian influences of mom, grandmother and great grandmother who are each a major part of his life.
The Bahamas and the Caribbean would do well to discover the talent of this Texas teen and support what is destined to be an exceptional career – one that would no doubt make the legendary Sir Sidney Poitier exceptionally proud.