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Jill Jack Releases Her 'Truest Material'
29 September, 2005
The Filter - Lana Mini

Sexy, smooth, sultry, well-trained yet twangy. . .a voice that's uniquely pretty and strong.

Jill Jack (and that is her birth name) has been a celebrated singer of songs that blend Americana, folk, old country and rock for years. But the time seems appropriate for mainstream audiences to get to know the Michigan singer_songerwriter and her band. You can hear her voice and see Jack's playful stage personality at her show that will celebrate "Moon and The Morning After" on Saturday, Oct. 8 at Royal Oak's Baldwin Theatre. Showtime is at 8 p.m. The CD follows her 2004 release of Live & Unplugged (where she sings a strong version of Son of A Preacher Man) that sold more than 15,000 copies. For a local musician, that's a big number.

Moon and the Morning After draws from country and gospel roots. You might also hear hints of influences from Pasty Cline and Bruce Springsteen, but the sound is originally Jill Jack. "This is my most personally focused record ever. . .the songs were written while the band was on a break," Jack said. "This is the truest material I have ever written. It's all from my heart." Songs on the CD include stringed instruments like the upright bass, mandolin and pedal steel guitar plus classic guitar. Although she now has seven record albums, the song Fallen on the CD is called her first "love song." Some slow and melancholy and the others are strong with vintage rock sounds.

Jack grew up in a creative family and was inspired to play guitar by her sisters. In her career she has sang back-up for Stewart Francke and the Forbes Brothers. "Soon after the birth of my daughter, I was ready to step out on my own and commit to music and singing and songwriting full time," Jack said. "It has sometimes been hectic, but always in a good way."

Jack's first CD was released in 1997 and with it she earned Detroit Music awards for best folk recording, best new artist and outstanding live performance. Now she has 12 DMAs under her belt. She also also has her own production company UpHill Productions where she can control all aspects of her sound.

At 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1, hear the music on 94.7 FM WCSX. It may inspire you to hear it live.

- Lana Mini

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