Jill Jack Band; Friday, June 23
Jill Jack’s magical connection to her audience is the result of her generous artistry. By combining her gifts as a conceptual visionary with a warm gathering of musical influences, Jack touches that secret heart of ours with her melodies and lyrics. In her hometown of Detroit, Jack needs no further explanation. She’s been lauded in equal measure to her talents: Since 1997 she’s won 41 Detroit Music Awards in every conceivable category that applies to a singer-songwriter. Much of this provincial success is due to her charming stage presence and emotive songwriting. It’s simply called connecting, and it’s the bounty of a true songwriter open to all of life: her own defeats, victories, hopes dashed, dreams fulfilled, her muse, her loneliness, her misplaced love and her romantic successes.
Jack has built her audience with her whimsical, genuine live performances. Genuine is the defining term here. Propelled by her musical exemplars, Joni Mitchell and Emmy Lou Harris, there are few performers with less conflict between who they are on stage and off than Jack. She extends the tradition of the confessional (i.e. achingly open, unafraid of intimacy) singer-songwriter, and is proud of that style and its continuation.
Jack began her professional career singing backup with well-known Detroit country and rock names The Forbes Brothers and Stewart Francke. By the late ’90s, she was writing constantly, fronting her own band and beginning to open for what would become a long list of prominent touring acts -- Bob Seger, John Waite, Emmylou Harris, Shawn Colvin, Patty Griffin, Dan Fogelberg, Marshall Crenshaw, Chris Isaak, and Loretta Lynn, who gave Jack priceless backstage encouragement and advice. Flash forward, Jack now has 10 award-winning CDs to her name and is currently working on #11.
"Her voice can soar like opera and smoke like the blues ... one of the strongest voices in Detroit, or in the country for that matter." -- The Detroit Free Press