Jill’s Achievements as a Recording Artist
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It is a distinct and rare honor to be counted amongst the Voting Members of the Academy. Jill is very proud to have been asked to be a voting member of the Grammy Awards in 2008, and was awarded her Certificate for 5 years of Voting Member Status in December of 2013. This achievement was bestowed upon Jill because of the release and distribution of 30 of her original songs worldwide, with international sales, radio airplay and distribution.
Playing piano and singing since the age of three, Jill grew up in suburban Maryland and comes from a musical family. Her early exposure to all genres of music….including everything from Stevie Wonder to opera…leads her to create imaginative and innovative melodies that captivate her listeners.
“As I was learning to talk, I was also very busy expressing my emotions at the piano,” Jill says of her childhood. “I found it so gratifying to feel something and translate it directly to the keys. A “world within a world” was created where I could go and express things I wasn’t always comfortable saying.”
Now an experienced music teacher with 19 years of private instruction under her belt, Jill delights in “de-mystifying” music for her students. She teaches her students practical theory and takes the time to explain to them WHY music works. Frustrated by the way many people have approached music instruction in the past, Jill is excitedly and enthusiastically writing her own teaching curriculum. “My students learn quickly and easily, often playing their favorite songs successfully in a matter of weeks, not months,” Jill says.
As a writer of music, Jill is often described as a unique hybrid of Enya, George Winston and Peter Gabriel (with a little Sarah Maclachlan thrown in) Jill delights audiences with her meditative and deeply moving songs. Reviewers of her music use words like “cinematic,” “ethereal” and “exquisitely beautiful and powerful” to describe her writing, singing and playing.
“Each piece is like its own little movie,” Al Santos of WJZW-FM radio in Washington, D.C., says of Jill’s “storytelling musical style.” He regularly includes Jill’s solo piano music from Wings to Fly and Remember When on his Smooth Jazz Sunday Brunch radio program. In addition to radio airplay, Jill’s music is played in hospices and cancer treatment centers all over the country as part of music therapy programs.
Jill flew to Los Angeles to perform at the opening of Vantage Oncology’s West Hills Radiation Center. Her calming piano music serves as the soundtrack to the Center’s original DVD that uses beautiful nature photography to soothe patients while they undergo radiation cancer therapy.
“I am beyond touched to know that my music helps people find solace and peace, and I am thrilled to answer the need of any hospice or treatment center that would like to include my music in their therapy sessions,” Jill says. Currently, more than 15 hospices in Maryland, Virginia and Florida are regularly using Jill’s music with their patients. Vantage Oncology also uses Jill’s music nationally in an informational DVD which patients receive that outlines treatment options in a positive way.
Always one to give back, Jill loves to teach and performs regularly for charity events, and headlined a concert to raise significant funds for Locks of Love, a national non-profit organization that supplies hair prostheses to children with medical hair loss. Her performances have raised funds and awareness for Big Bend Hospice in Tallahassee, Florida, as well as the Naples Hospice and the Tuberous Sclerosis Foundation of Florida.
Children respond very enthusiastically to Jill’s music, and her Wings to Fly CD is now being used by Summit Montessori School as an aid to help students relax and focus. She was also very honored to perform during an Interfaith Peace Symposium with Arun Gandhi for two years. “Being in the same room with Gandhi’s grandson was a very beautiful, surreal experience,” Jill says. “I was so grateful to share my music with such an evolved audience, focused on world peace and love.”
With her warm, angelic voice and soaring artistry at the piano, Jill’s music taps into the potential of the human spirit. Love and pain, joy and struggle: all are visited in Jill’s moving musical tapestries. She looks forward to releasing her newest CD and feels it is her dharma to help heal the world with her songs.