Jackie Mendez - Contestant
23 year-old Jackie Mendez, a first-generation Cuban, has music in her blood. Her mother is a classically trained pianist and her father is a proficient trumpet player. But Jackie is a singer, through and through. In her senior year of high school she decided to pursue a professional singing career. She quickly landed a recording contract, but the deal fell through when she refused to conform to the label's ideas of her. Unable to accept defeat, the competitive Jackie continues to pursue her dreams by bringing her funky/jazz vocals to her Miami following.