Jill Jackson is an award wining Americana artist based in Glasgow, Scotland UK. Jackson first burst on to the UK music scene as the front woman of rock band Speedway, with whom she scored several UK top ten hits in 2004 including a cover of Christina Aguilera’s ‘Genie In A Bottle’. When the band split in late 2005 Jackson embarked upon a career as a solo artist and developed a more authentic Americana musical style. A style far removed from the pop/rock music that made her name. Free from the scripted pop industry slowly the true talents of Jackson emerged.
“Jill Jackson is a songwriting storyteller transporting you into her world through music. Lyrically and vocally tender, beautifully depicting life, love and loss with each well crafted song. A voice reminiscent of the late Karen Carpenter, Jackson’s voice aches with emotion and honesty, drawing you in line by line.”
Shying from the limelight for a few years, Jackson spent a lot of time on the road supporting and touring with artists such as Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart, Albert Lee, Roger McGuinn as well as writing for former Spice Girl Melanie C. Her work has also attracted the attention of the television and lm industry, with her songs “Just Not Myself” and “Genie In A Bottle” featuring on several UK & International TV shows.
Over the year Jill has released a total of three solo albums including a limited edition, hard copy-only album ‘The Ones That Got Away’. This was independently released via Jackson’s official website in late 2011 with no digital download. It was a simple collection of songs that did not make it onto Jackson’s previous albums and alternate versions of previously released tracks (notably, a new version of Speedway’s “Save Yourself”). To Jackson’s surprise this album became a major career turning point.
“The Ones That Got Away was a chance to be totally free musically without pressure or restrictions. I could record and produce the songs on that album exactly as I heard them in my head. The result was very country, easy listening and a piece of work that resonated fun with all my influences flowing through it. Of all the music I’ve made over the years it’s the one album I really enjoy listening back to. It happened very naturally and I feel especially proud of it. The songs are all very personal and brought to life in a very honest simplistic way.”
This lead to the formation of a new project band ’The Chaplins’. Winners of the prestigious Celtic Connections Danny Kyle award in 2014. The band then went on to successfully tour across Europe with Runrig and feature on TV shows such as the ‘The Andrew Marr Show’.
In 2016, Jackson emerged as a solo artist and continues to enjoy playing live and writing new material with a UK Headline tour expected in October/November 2017 followed by the 4th solo studio album in early 2018.
(with Rab Noakes)
08.10.17 // Americana Festival // Glasgow, UK
(Songwriters Circle with Gareth Dunlop & Dean Owens)
08.10.16 // Americana Festival // The Glad Cafe, Glasgow, UK
10.10.16// Music On Prescription Fundraiser // St Luke's, Glasgow, UK
11.11.16 // Doncaster Roots // Doncaster, UK
18.11.16 // Martinez Bar // Madrid, Spain
18.12.16 // Blue Rose Code (support) // Milngavie, Glasgow, UK
05.02.17 // Celtic Connections // O2 ABC, Glasgow, UK
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