It all started in the narrow, dimly lit corridor outside the crew cabins, deep within the belly of a Carnival Cruiseship. Jackie Pock, a nervous, newly-hired showband singer was about to meet her 3rd boss in as many cruises.
Brandon Gibbons was a no-nonsense, veteran Music Director with a reputation for cleaning house. In his 4 years with the company, he’d already been at the helm of several major overhauls of their entertainment program.
He immediately whipped Jackie into shape, and with a band that was beyond solid, the two quickly became best friends and what would become musical partners for life. “It seemed like right away we began making plans to be roommates and have a band on land.” Brandon recalls. Over the next couple of months and the course of more than a few magical performances, that friendship grew into something more. “Yeah, I’m proud to say that I shacked up with the management and got that room with a porthole that I always wanted!” Jackie brags.
Two years later, when the novelty of ship life wore off, the two decided it was time to rejoin the real world. After a cross country road trip, they pulled into Seattle, a newly engaged couple with plans to take over the world. “We were determined to put our knowledge and experience to use right away and began trying to recreate the band we’d had on ships.”
To their surprise, they found themselves on a path that was riddled with brick walls and road blocks at every turn in a music scene that took little interest in cover bands. “Out of shear frustration, I decided to face my long standing phobia of songwriting and wouldn’t you know, I wasn’t all that bad at it.” Jackie remembers. Writing music quickly became their passion and in 2014 the couple released their debut EP “A Formal Introduction” under the name Jackie Pock Band.
Shortly after a perfectly imperfect rainy Seattle wedding in July of 2014, the newlyweds lives were forever changed. Jackie’s father suffered a severe head injury followed by a series of strokes while undergoing emergency brain surgery. “It was an experience that NO family is ever prepared for but one that we immediately knew would forever change us all.” Jackie explains. “My daddy is the source of every ounce of passion, drive, talent, and humility that I have in my body. He is the strongest, most honest and loyal man anyone has ever had the pleasure of meeting.” With an amazing family rallying stronger than ever behind them, Brandon and Jackie made the journey back to her roots in Texas, to be by her father’s side for what continues to be a long and challenging road to recovery.
Since making the move to Dallas in early 2015, the couple’s unique blend of Southern Soul, Americana, and Rhythm & Blues has been very well received by music fans throughout Texas. Having nearly 200 performances in only a year and a half, they are quickly building a strong community of fans and supporters, with a live show that like nothing you’ve ever seen!
In addition to their relentless performance schedule, Jackie and Brandon also managed to write, record, and release their debut full length album, Among The Rubble. They spent most of November in Los Angeles, working with Independent Music Awards Nominee 2014, producer Jamie Hill. The result, according to Texas Music Pickers is “A captivating record [that] offers a tale of tragedy and finding resolve, leaving the listener engaged throughout the journey in between.”
The Gibbonses were also one of only 12 bands selected out of 150 plus applicants to compete in Ranch Factor 2015, the 4th annual battle of the bands put on by 95.9FM The Ranch! After taking first place in Round One, the duo advanced all the way to the final 4! They had the pleasure of sharing the stage with some of the best up and coming bands on the Texas scene.
For Jackie and Brandon, it has always been their love of performing that has driven them to pursue their musical careers from a very young age. Whether they’re performing for 20 close friends at an intimate house concert, or onstage in front of a large crowd, the couple have a way of connecting with each and every person in the audience and making them feel like a part of the family. “We’re all about honesty and transparency on stage. Depending on what’s going on in our personal lives, our shows can sometimes feel more like an interactive group marital counseling session!” jokes the couple.
Check out the Tour page to find out when The Gibbonses will be performing in a city near you.