Jill Jack

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Jill Jack
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Background Information




Pop/rock, country, Folk/rock, American Standards

Years active

1997 – present




Voice, Guitar


Uphill Productions

Associated acts

Jill Jack and the American Songbook Band



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Jill Jack is a singer-songwriter based in Ferndale, Michigan]. As of December 2016, she has released 11 albums, ranging from soul to rock, to folk and country. She leads a band of the same name, as well as a jazz ensemble dedicated to standards, "Jill Jack and the American Songbook Band." 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, Jill touches that secret heart of ours with her melodies and lyrics. In her hometown of Detroit, Jill needs no further explanation. She’s been lauded in equal measure to her talents.

Since 1997 she’s won 37 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. Jill 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 Jill. 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. You get all of Jill Jack in a performance -- her blend of folk and rock traditions, her open humor. Jill harbors little of her process from her audience -- each concert is about opening a window and shining a light into her songwriting, leading inevitably to the intense relationship with her fans. Her career is founded on folk’s best idea -- that there’s a shared knowing between artist and audience, a conversation that flows both ways during a show.


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Jill began her professional career singing backup with prominent Detroit country and rock bands. 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 Issak, and Loretta Lynn, who gave Jill priceless backstage encouragement and advice. As well she developed her reputation as headliner at venues & festivals -- SXSW, Ann Arbor Folk Festival, WYCD Downtown Hoedown, 30A Songwriters Festival, Blissfest Music Festival, The Bluebird Café, The Living Room in NYC, and consistent sell-outs at the historical Ark in Ann Arbor, MI. Regional touring has branched to successful tours of England and all over America. Jill was also a finalist in the Susanne Millsaps Performing Songwriter Showcase, and was chosen as an Americana semifinalist in the International Songwriting Competition for Fallen (A Love Song). Jack now has 10 Award winning CD’s to her name and is currently working on #11. Her success in music has led to recent opportunities both acting in and scoring for independent films. After witnessing one of Jill's passionate live performances, Emmy Award winning Producer Keith Famie decided to follow Jill for a 2 year period to capture the life of an independent artist. The documentary "Live Like Tomorrow - The Jill Jack Story" has been picked up by PBS. He has also used Jill’s music in 4 of his Emmy award winning PBS documentaries. A natural extension of her inclusive music, Jill contributes mightily to those less fortunate. Her recent missionary work to Haiti was life changing and will forever be on her schedule to work with orphans and the poor. She also contributes to her local community either as an active board member, or playing benefits and lending her name and time to organizations such as Detroit Children’s Choir, Michigan Arthritis Foundation, Rock for Jobs, Gilda’s Club, Bras For A Cause, the Girl Scouts of America, and Enchanted Makeovers or volunteering at homeless shelters. Jill also had the great honor of being asked to write and record a theme song for a Detroit campaign called I’m A Believer. The highly successful pro-Detroit campaign driven by Jill’s anthem recently took Best of Show honors at the international Mercury Excellence Awards in NYC. Jill will see more touring, film work and charitable activities. Her performing and songwriting comments on and includes both the obvious parts of life and all those things we can’t easily discuss. In this sense, Jill Jack is reaching for one of music’s more elevated purposes -- she’s touching those things within her reach, and then extending beyond what even she can see. Sky’s the limit.


  • Watch Over Me (1997) Drum Dancer cdbaby
  • Too Close To The Sun (1998) Drum Dancer cdbaby
  • Live From Billy's Basement (1999) Drum Dancer cdbaby
  • The Love Hotel (2001) Drum Dancer cdbaby
  • Live and Unplugged (2004) Uphill Productions cdbaby
  • Moon and the Morning After cdbaby (2006) Uphill Productions cdbaby
  • Songwriter Sessions (2009) Uphill Productions cdbaby
  • Sunflower Girl (2012) Uphill Productions cdbaby
  • Celebrates the Holiday (2013) Uphill Productions cdbaby
  • Look Beyond Your Horizons (Single from "The Embrace of Aging") (2014) Uphill Productions (featuring The Detroit Women's Project) cdbaby
  • Moon Be Thine (2015) Uphill Productions cdbaby
  • Pure Imagination (as Jill Jack and the American Songbook Band) (2016) Uphill Productions jilljack.com/asb.php


Detroit Music Awards

Outstanding Vocalist (Pop/Rock), New Group/Performer Deserving Wider Recognition (1997)

Outstanding Vocalist (Rock/Pop), Outstanding Vocalist (Acoustic/Folk), Outstanding Local Artist/Group (Rock/Pop), Outstanding Artist/Group (Acoustic/Folk), Outstanding New Group (Acoustic/Folk), Outstanding Recording (Acoustic/Folk) (1998)

Outstanding Vocalist (Rock/Pop), Outstanding Artist/Group (Rock/Pop) (1999)

Outstanding Vocalist (Pop/Rock) (2000)

Outstanding Recording (Acoustic/Folk), Outstanding Artist/Group (Pop/Rock) (2005)

Outstanding Acoustic/Folk Songwriter, Outstanding Acoustic/Folk Vocalist, Outstanding Acoustic/Folk Recording, Outstanding Acoustic Artist/Group, Outstanding Pop Artist/Group (2006)

Outstanding Acoustic Artist/Group, Outstanding Acoustic/Folk Songwriter, Outstanding Acoustic/Folk Vocalist (2007)

Outstanding Acoustic Artist/Group, Outstanding Acoustic/Folk Songwriter, Outstanding Acoustic/Folk Vocalist (2008)

Outstanding Acoustic/Folk Recording - Songwriter Sessions, Outstanding Acoustic Artist/Group, Outstanding Acoustic/Folk Vocalist (2010)

Outstanding Acoustic/Folk Songwriter, Outstanding Acoustic/Folk Vocalist, Outstanding Acoustic Artist/Group (2011)

Outstanding Acoustic/Folk Songwriter, Outstanding Acoustic/Folk Vocalist, Outstanding Folk Artist/Group (2012)

Outstanding Acoustic/Folk Recording -Sunflower Girl, Outstanding Folk Artist/Group (2013)

Outstanding Acoustic/Folk Songwriter, Outstanding Folk Artist/Group (2014) Outstanding Americana Songwriter (2015)

International Songwriting Competition

Americana Semi-Finalist - Fallen (A Love Song) (2011)

Susanne Millsaps Performing Songwriter Showcase

Finalist (2011)

Mercury Excellence Awards

Best of Pro Bono Projects - I'm a Believer (2011)


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