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The New Nashville: Jillian Jacqueline

Although many classify her as a newcomer, Jillian Jacqueline has worked in the music industry since she was a young girl. At the age of 9, Jacqueline acted alongside Kenny Rogers in his seasonal stage show “Christmas from the Heart”. A few years later, the Pennsylvania native began performing with her two sisters as the Little Women Band, and earned her first charted single in 2001 with her Suzy Bogguss and Billy Dean collaboration “Please Keep Mom and Dad In Love”.

In 2010, she headed to Nashville to pursue music full-time. Three years later, she recorded a five-song EP with famed pop artist and producer Richard Marx, later leading to her inking a deal with Downtown Music Publishing.

Over the last year, she’s released two strong singles, “Overdue” and “Keep This Safe”. Her sweet, yet commanding voice is impossible to resist, as it never becomes too sugary. While there’s a healthy dose vulnerability in many tracks, including “Overdue”, Jacqueline doesn’t commit to cliches or female stereotypes.

Although it’s unclear what the next steps are for Jacqueline when it comes to new releases, she’s staying busy on the touring front. She’ll act as support for alternative artists David Cook and Carbon Leaf over the next few weeks, but hopefully we won’t have to wait too long to hear new music from this underrated talent.

What She Sounds Like: A somewhat softer Kacey Musgraves, mixed with a heavy dose of vocal purity found in Mickey Guyton.

Required Listening: “Overdue”, a heartfelt and relatable track about being stuck in a proverbial rut, which features harmonies from the one and only Vince Gill.

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