Jillian is a singer-songwriter originally from the South Shore of Long Island, New York. Her passion for music developed at a young age, leading her to begin writing and developing original material at age 11. The regular curriculum at her local high school was supplemented by her attending the well-known Long Island High School for the Arts, where she graduated with honors and served as school representative and chapter Vice President of the Tri-M Music Honor Society. Jillian is currently attending Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, dual-majoring in Songwriting and Music Business, writing, producing and performing as she develops her career.
Jillian's formal vocal training complimented by her songwriting and natural ability on guitar and piano enables her avid drive as an artist and performer. Growing up surrounded by the music and arts-fueled culture on Long Island and New York City together with her enrollment and recognition at a prestigious school for the Arts afforded her opportunities to participate in countless co-curricular and extra-curricular activities.
Jillian was a frequent participant and award-winner at local and regional talent competitions. She entertained audiences at cabarets, open-mic nights, restaurants, bars, sporting events and local television appearances including "Wes Houston Presents," a well-known variety program on Long Island known for featuring local talent and music industry professionals. In 2016, Jillian was particularly honored to be featured on-stage with Billy Joel at his Master Class for young songwriters. She performed her original song "His Words" and discussed songwriting techniques with Mr. Joel and the audience.
Jillian's drive and ambition show no signs of slowing while she fulfils the rigorous demands of a formal music degree at Berklee. It did not take her long to decide that a dual major in both Songwriting and Music Business would provide her the foundation to succeed in the rapidly evolving entertainment industry. Within weeks of starting her first semester, Jillian began exploring the many opportunities and creative outlets available to her both on and off campus. Collaborations with musicians and producers have led to her becoming a highly sought-after top-line melody writer, lyricist and performer. Jillian was selected to enroll in Kara Dioguardi's songwriting and production "Boot Camp," completing the class in her third semester.
In 2017, Jillian formed her own band to perform her original music that she leads, manages and promotes. Jillian has performed at several Berklee and Boston-area venues over the past two years, including shows at the Berk Recital Hall, David Friend Recital Hall, The Loft, Faneuil Hall, and Fenway Park, where she sang between innings for over 30,000 Red Sox fans.
Her songwriting has been featured at the Songwriter Squared showcase, the Songwriter Sessions segment on Berklee's radio station, BIRN, and on Emerson College's on-campus morning television show "Good Morning Emerson."
Jillian released her first single, "Better" in 2017, a five-song EP, "The Tea" in 2018, and is currently working on a ten-song album due out later this year. Jillian's diverse musical taste extends beyond the singer/songwriter and pop genres to include a growing interest and knack for musical theater writing as well. The opening number "Swipe Right" from her original musical play "Swiped Away" was selected for inclusion in the 10th annual renowned "Curtain Up!" Musical Theater showcase at Berklee this Spring. The experience collaborating with formal musical theater arrangers and producers has led Jillian to pursue a minor in subject. She is currently seeking out professional interest in developing the musical.