Originally hailing from north of Seattle, Jillian Speer grew up with music as an integral part of her life from an early age. Ballet, tap, jazz, and modern dance classes that started at three years old instilled the work ethic for perfection. At nine years old she began vocal lessons and at ten years old she began training in classical guitar. Writing songs, guitar recitals, dance class, dance competitions, intensive summer arts camps, and performing in local musicals best describes her school years until she turned 16 and got a scholarship to spend one year in India. That year was an experience that would deeply affect her life as well as influence her music.
After India, Jillian returned home to the Pacific Northwest and recorded her first album, a World music album, at the age of 18. Shortly after, the Singer-Songwriter moved to Los Angeles where she has been recording and performing ever since. Selling CD’s of her music at shows brought a following and led to opening for acts like Jewel and Michael Franti & Spearhead.
With her classical training in guitar, she lays a meditative foundation to her songs of love, loss, heartache and hope. In 2015 she formed her record label, Speerit Records, and released the EP
“Daggers and Suede”. Produced by Grammy-award winning producer/mixer Qmillion (Robert Glasper, Seun Kuti, Tweet), and featuring drums by Chris Dave (Adele, D’Angelo, Angus & Julia Stone, Robert Glasper) the six songs set bore the influences of city life on the small town girl, incorporating Soul, Hip-Hop, and Rock into her Folk foundation yielding genre-defying music. She followed up in 2016 with the full-length Album “Deeper This Way” that briefly hit the Top 20 iTunes Singer-Songwriter chart, finding favor at many college radio stations. Her most recent release, the 2018 EP “Wet With Fire” finds her collaborating with Qmillion again and might be her most alternative release yet.
The whole EP is brilliantly delivered with richly woven textures of songs that go far deeper than the next artist.
The grounding force and shining star of all her music is Jillian’s rich lamenting voice and lyrics that are contemplative at times, political at other times, but at all times an honest reflection of an artist committed to true self expression and music that has meaning. This is one musician that is extremely determined and passionate about the songwriting craft. The high quality musicianship in her songs is crafted by some of today’s greatest musicians. Speer also shares unique original tunes that harken back to a classic era. The songwriting is impressive and it offers much in the way of passion and compelling-thought provoking lyrical content. Jillian’s songs reflect her admiration for the great Joni Mitchell yet her sound owes as much to Peter Gabriel and Dave Matthews as it owes Tracy Chapman. I’ve never heard an artist so skillfully combine so many genera’s into one unique sound.
Speer is a real breath of fresh air and a shock to the everyday musical system presently in place.
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