Jenny Gill will release her debut EP, The House Sessions, February 17. The autobiographical collection of songs—five of the six of which Gill wrote or co-wrote—blends blues, Americana and country to create a sound and style as unique as she is.
“Every song on this project takes me to somewhere in my past,” she says. “My favorite songs to write are those that reflect personal experiences instead of just telling a story.”
Gill, of course, springs from country music royalty. Her father is Country Music Hall of Famer Vince Gill, and her mother is Sweethearts of the Rodeo’s Janis Oliver. Her step-mother is Christian and pop superstar Amy Grant, with whom she has toured as a backup singer for the last six years.
“People have a preconceived perception of me because of my name, that I am country or that my talent should be at a certain place because of my parents’ accomplishments,” she says. “It’s hard to get people to notice you on your own and not for being a plus-one. So that is what The House Sessions is attempting to do. I am done waiting in the wings wondering what could happen. I’m ready to try and build something all on my own.”
In producing The House Sessions, Vince Gill tapped some of Nashville’s finest musicians, among them Sheryl Crow, Willie Weeks, Jack Pearson and Jon Randall.
Currently Jenny Gill is performing in “Christmas At The Ryman” with Vince Gill and Amy Grant. She will resume touring with Grant in 2017.