She was born in New York City, and grew up between Dominican Republic, Los Angeles, New York, and Miami. She was raised by her mother and her aunts Millie, Diana, Madeline, and Lucy. The same five women would help her overcome a near fatal car accident when she was 17 that almost left her paralyzed. She suffered a coma, a collapsed lung and had to have brain surgery. Her song Sweet Sixteen is based on the incident.
Jackie Cruz has been singing and acting her whole life.
Jackie was named one of the "Top Latino Powerhouses in Hollywood Under 40" by The Hollywood Reporter in November 2013. She joined the list with star-studded names that include Eva Longoria, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato and many more.
In addition, Jackie continues to evolve her career as a singer by working on new material for her English and Spanish EP. Recently, Jackie was a Fashion Correspondent during 2014's New York Fashion Week for OK! Magazine, and was named by Latina Magazine as their "Celebrity Style Crush" and "Best Dressed Latina".