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.”
Rolling Stone Country recognized Jenny as one of the “10 New Country Artists You Need To Know” commenting that Gill “sounds like a magical mixture of good genes, hard work and the discovery of one’s own voice.” Gill also released a music video of the track “Lonely Lost Me,” a clip that features her adorable 2 1/2 –year-old son Wyatt.
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.
“Jenny and I were camping at Bonnaroo the first time she played me a work tape of ‘Your Shadow,’ stated Grant. “The song stopped me in my tracks. That she had waited months to play it for anyone was a mystery to me. In that moment I knew she was a creative force to be reckoned with. Her lyrics are thought provoking, her melodies effortless and haunting. I am a true fan.”
“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.
Jenny will be performing in support of her album release. Upcoming appearances include:
Saturday, February 11 The Grand Old Opry
Tuesday, February 14 Bluebird Café/Nashville, TN
Friday, February 24 The Listening Room/Nashville, TN
Friday, March 10 Franklin Theatre/Franklin, TN
Saturday, March 11 TN Kidney Foundation Presents “Bright Lights, Nashville Nights”