Cheyenne Jackson, “I’m Blue, Skies”
Cheyenne David Jackson was born at Deaconess Hospital in Spokane, Washington on July 12, 1975, and was named by his father after the 1950s Western series “Cheyenne”. The third of four children, he was raised in Newport, Washington, a “teeny mill town” of about 1,200 people in a rural area in north eastern Washington near the Idaho border. His father is a Native American and a Vietnam veteran.
His mother taught Jackson, his sister and two brothers to sing and regularly played music by Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan and Elvis Presley at home. Jackson moved to Spokane, Washington as a teenager and came out to his parents as gay at age 19. His parents were evangelical born-again Christians and his brother is a pastor who has preached on The 700 Club. They eventually accepted his sexuality.