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Jill Detroit

Jill Detroit was born to sing. According to sources close to the artist (her mother), Jill sang before she talked. Her love of music inspired her to take up the violin, followed by a short-lived attempt at string bass, and then the piano. But it was truly "love at first sight" when Jill discovered the guitar. Although the guitar was intended as a gift for Jill's brother, she quickly confiscated it and, according to the same sources "we didn't see her for a couple of years" while Jill holed up in her room, practicing until her fingertips begged for mercy.

Much to her parents' dismay, Jill dropped out of college her first semester to follow her dream of performing. From solo performances to vocalist for big bands, folk to country to pop to jazz, under various pseudonyms, Jill's career has taken her from Detroit to Las Vegas, from England to Japan, and places in between. You've probably heard her voice on national commercials or television shows, including "Xena, Warrior Princess" and "Hercules."

An accomplished keyboard player and guitarist, Jill began writing poetry at an early age and, upon discovering the guitar, began putting the poems to music. Together with her playwright brother, Scott Phillips, Jill created a musical called "Paris on the Brain" that has been performed in community theatre. Several songs from that musical are on Jill's first album, aptly titled "Paris on the Brain." Her second album, "Life of My Own Choosing," was released in April 2010, with the title song paying homage to Joni Mitchell, one of Jill's major musical influences. Jill's third album, "The Sea," released in October 2010, contained an eclectic mix of musical styles, which continued with "Tall Oaks and Tanglewood," released in early 2011. "Devil May Care," released in May 2011, includes songs from the second musical Jill co-wrote with her brother, Scott Phillips. Jill followed this release with "Heart Felt," which includes the pop song, "Big Heart," and two songs Jill performs "unplugged" in a return to her acoustic folk roots. In November 2011, Jill released "Play Me Like A Saxophone," with ten original songs ranging from pop to light jazz, from Americana to folk followed by "No Man's Land," in the spring of 2012 with ten more original compositions that span genres and expand on some of Jill's favorite themes of independence and reflection. "Little Feet" was released in July 2012, with another ten songs, including "Stay Around," written by Bill Simpson, Jill's former bandmate, who joined Jill and their daughter Emily Simpson Cimino on the song. In November 2012, Jill released "Back To Square One," with ten songs that strike a folk-ish chord. The spring of 2013 saw Jill releasing two CDs: "Old Folks At Home," with songs from the third musical Jill has created with playwright Scott Phillips; and "Real Love," which takes on a decidely more jazzy vibe. "I'm Outta Here," was released in November 2013 and, true to form, included original and cover tunes that run the gamut from Americana to jazz, from folk to country, ballads to rock. Jill's fourteenth album, "In the Presence of Grace," released in April, 2014, is a collection of original and traditional songs, with guest performances by family members and friends. In October, 2015, Jill released "Fight Like A Girl," with the title song an ode to breast cancer awareness and nine more songs that reflect this artist's limitless creativity. "Jill Jazz," featuring fourteen of Jill's jazzier originals, was released in February 2015 followed in May by "Wedded Bliss (Abyss)," the fourth Detroit/Phillips musical theatre collaboration. "Eclipse," Jill's eighteenth album, with songs ranging from acoustic folk to classic ballads to upbeat catchy pop, was released in July 2015, followed in December 2015 by "Around the Corner," with ten more songs that continue the Detroit multi-genre legacy.

Jill's 20th album, "See You Later," was released in August 2016 and features ten more Jill Detroit original musical gems ranging from pure pop to folk to light jazz and blues. In December 2016, Jill released "The Hippie In Me," with ten original songs that highlight Jill's focus on peace, love, and, well, harmony. Jill's 22nd album, aptly named "Under the Covers," featured Jill's interpretation of 12 songs from the 60's, 70's, and 80's, from artists as diverse as Van Morrison to Aretha Franklin and styles from pop to folk to Motown. May, 2017 saw the release of "Pompeii, The Musical," with songs from the fifth musical co-written by Jill and playwright, Scott Phillips. "Step Up To The Plate," with 10 more Detroit originals, was released in late summer 2017 followed by Jill's silver album release, "Be Careful What You Wish For," in December 2017.

After living several years in northern California, where she began recording her musical memoirs with talented, creative producer Bill Bentley, Jill now calls Las Vegas home. Her unique writing and vocal style can best be categorized as "fusion," reflecting all the musical genres she has absorbed and performed since that first melody escaped her lips.

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