Song Plays: 22
Hi all! Thanks so much for coming to the site. I truly am blessed to be given an opportunity to share my music and inspirations with you. Please promise me you will never give up on your dreams. I too have been in the trenches of daily living, where it is easy to lose sight of one’s true calling. LISTEN to your soul's desires, which is where life's treasures will reveal themselves. Most importantly, define your own prize. One of the greatest gifts I've received is the strength to take risks, and the empowerment that followed. Regardless of what the future holds, the joy is in the journey.
Jill’s musical beginnings started with musical theatre and vocal jazz performances as a teenager in Central Wisconsin. As an extension of her love for music, she picked up the acoustic guitar at the age of 19 in order to accompany herself playing her favorite tunes, and then slowly began writing her own (sorry, recordings from those humble beginnings are not available J!!)
Jill moved to Chicago in 1996 and in the following year, she became lead singer of a cover band, playing in clubs in the area. However, as she became more confident with her original material, she turned her focus to life as a performing songwriter.
In Dec of 1998, she recorded her first CD titled Thicker Than Water, an all acoustic endeavor of 13 original songs, which lead to inclusion of the track “Angel in Disguise” on the Backporch Benefit Foundations compilation, The Angels are Listening.
In 1999, she met up with producer Erik Vaveris at a performance. As a result of their collaboration, her next album, First Time Around, was released in the fall of 2000. Co-produced by Erik & Jill and engineered by Steve Rashid of Woodside Avenue Studios, the CD is a diverse mix of acoustic and full band arrangements, providing a blend of music for both pop and folk music fans.
In 2001, Jill moved to Australia for the year, pursuing her love of travel, and recording tracks for her 2002 EP, Acoustically Yours.
Jill’s music has been very well received by fans & critics for her unique, warm, strong voice, as well as for her music’s compassionate messages. She has received airplay on US college and community radio stations from Seattle to Boston, as well as across the globe in Spain, Germany, Norway, and even Siberia.