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Jacqui Benton
Jacqui Benton - 01

Full Name

Jacqui Benton

Gender

Female

Died

January 31st (late '70s)

Affiliation(s)

Starlight Foundation
Starlight Music

Occupation

Singer

Role(s)

Co-owner of Starlight Music
Adoptive mother of the Starlight Girls

Family

Emmett Benton (husband) †
Jerrica Benton (daughter)
Kimber Benton (daughter)
Aja Leith (adopted daughter)
Shana Elmsford (adopted daughter)
Lela (adopted daughter)
Becky (adopted daughter)

Voiced by

Marlene Aragon

Singing voice

Angela Cappelli

Jacqui Benton was the beautiful wife of Emmett Benton and Jerrica's and Kimber's mother. She died in a plane crash in the late '70s, an event that would eventually lead to the creation of Synergy, and consequentially, of Jem and The Holograms.

Biography

Jacqui became a foster girl at a young age. Having lived on her own the hardships of being an orphan inspired her to do whatever she could to help other homeless girls from having the same fate.

She also had another passion in life: singing. By the time she became an adult, Jacqui was a proficient songwriter and already had a promising singing career. Fate intervened, however, and she fell in love with a clever entrepreneur named Emmett, a caring and good-hearted man who shared her vision of the world. They eventually got married and had two daughters: Jerrica and Kimber.

Jacqui decided to put her singing career on hold to focus on her family. Together, she and Emmett decided to start adopting orphan girls to give them a home and a family. Their own house served for this purpose, which from then on would be known as Starlight House. Aja was their first adopted daughter, followed by Shana, Lela, and Becky.

When Jerrica was 11 years old, Jacqui finally decided to resume her music career. Together, she and Emmett launched their own record company: Starlight Music. Shortly after, Emmett started the Starlight Foundation, an organization intended on using the profits generated by Starlight Music to support the girls from Starlight House.

Death

On January 31st (late '70s, exact year unknown), Jacqui and her band had a scheduled performance out of town. It was a stormy night and her plane was about to take off. After saying goodbye to the rest of the girls, she took a moment to ask Jerrica why she was so upset. Jerrica confronted her and blamed her for being absent from home so frequently. Jacqui explained that a career like her's demanded that she dedicated almost full time on it and then she asked her to give her a hug and a goodbye kiss, to which Jerrica refused. Little did she know fate had a tragic outcome prepared for them that night.

Disheartened, Jacqui boarded the plane never to be seen again. That same night, the flight No. 909 crashed into the woods. The next morning, Emmett and the girls arrived at the site of the crash only to be informed by a rescue squad worker the fateful news: there were no survivors...

Aftermath

After Jacqui's death, Emmett found a new purpose in life by trying to continue Jacqui's legacy and procuring to give the girls everything they could need. His various business were doing great and he continued adopting more homeless girls. Four months after Jacqui's departure, he started working on a new supercomputer that could link music and tridimensional holographic images. He programmed this computer with Jacqui's recordings and likeness; however, not being able to bear the sight of his dead wife's face just as a computerized image, he decided to give her her own personality and image, thus Synergy was born.

Being advised by his doctor he hadn't much time left to live, Emmett programmed Synergy to become a friend, mother, teacher and guide to Jerrica, Kimber and the rest of the girls, trying with this to fill a little the void Jacqui left that fateful night.

Legacy

Jacqui wrote hundreds of songs. Supposedly, the only copies could only be found in some thought-to-be-lost master tapes. These tapes, however, somehow ended up in Eric Raymond's possession. After trying to exact a million dollar ransom from Jerrica or force her to sign over controlling interests of Starlight Music, Eric ultimately destroyed the tapes and Jacqui's songs were lost forever ...or so they thought.

Jerrica and the rest of the the girls found a passage in Emmett's diary which mentioned that a copy of the tapes could be found hidden deep within Synergy's memory bank; so deep that even Synergy herself maybe didn't know of their existence. Aja was able to retrieve the songs and a new Jacqui Benton album was released shortly, called Starlight.

Discography

Jem - Out of the Past - 18

Jacqui Benton - Starlight

Known songs written by Jacqui Benton

Gallery

Trivia

  • Jacqui's biological daughters were Jerrica and Kimber. However, she was a legal guardian of Aja, Shana, Lela and Becky.
  • The last time she saw Jerrica, she was denied a hug and kiss, not knowing that would be the last time they would ever see each other.
  • Jacqui was a housewife but had great musical talents, such as singing and playing the keyboard.
  • Jacqui taught Kimber how to play the keyboard.
  • Jacqui died in the plane crash of flight 909 on January 31st, according to the Emmet's diary.
  • Jacqui's personality and physical appearance are the base foundation for the holographic, audio/visual entertainment system called Synergy.
  • Jacqui usually wore a necklace that resembled the Jemstar earrings.

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