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by Jill Sissel

An energetic, powerful guitarist and vocalist with songs of vision and purpose.
Genre: Rock: Americana
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1. Silver Highway
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2. Forever Free
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3. Sweet Magic
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4. The Tennessee Farmer
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5. When I Think of You
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6. What Do You Know?
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7. Water and Tree
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8. Set My World on Fire
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9. Salty Mountain
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10. Until We Meet up Again
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Album Notes
Jill is an award winning songwriter and has been writing and performing her acclaimed Americana/ Blues music in the Nashville area for more than 19 years. Jill's talent and skills as a guitarist and vocalist show experience that is very hard to match. Since the age of three, when the guitar was bigger that she was, she taught herself how to record and sing for her mom. When one hears of someone's passion showing up so early, you know that it is a calling. Just check out the wear on her guitar.

Jill recorded her first CD, “The Builder”, in Salt Lake City, in 1998 which JPFolks nominated for Best Americana Album. Her 2nd CD, “Love Knows No Distance” , also garnered a nomination for Americana Album of the Year by JPFolks in 2001. From the 2003 CD, "Out of Nowhere", the song, "Too Soon to Say" was noticed by JPFolks as a top finalist in the female singer-songwriter category.

In 2017 her album, "Haunted Highway" has been nominated by JPFolks for Best Americana Album, and the 5 songs from that album are also in contention for Best song in four categories including "Here She Comes" (COUNTRY); "The Bottle or the Bible" (SPIRITUAL); "Texas Moon" (NEW FOLK); "One Foot in Front of the Other" and "Now's the Time" (POSITIVE).

In addition to the four recognized CDs, Jill released a soulful and evocative blues album, "Tell the Truth" in 2013. Her band mates, Richard Bell, (guitar); Ted Wagner (bass); and Liz Ficalora (drums and production/engineer) were all part of the tracking.

Jill Sissel owns a publishing company at Hyland Lake Music (ASCAP), and has produced two songs for movie placement in “Murphy’s Law”, (Fountain Head Productions). She has also opened shows for Dan Seals, Ty England, JoDee Messina and Tracy Lawrence.

Jill's abilities as a multi instrumentalist keeps her working and recording so she can sing her heart out and write songs that have a vision and a purpose. Her instrumental talents include, Guitar, (Electric and Acoustic), Piano, Keyboards, Bass, Harmonica, Wood Flute. Performing as a single or with her band, Jill Sissel is well recognized for her energy and powerful guitar playing.


"Music Row, Robert K. Oermann Single Review for "Love Knows no Distance" written by Jill Sissel (ASCAP) and Steve Bigler (BMI). It's a little under produced, but the song has a cool hook

and the wha-wha electric guitar behind her "dry" vocal is teasing and wonderfully ear-catching."

- Robert Oermann, Music Row

"Her voice is soft and alluring, her guitar playing is solid, and her lyrics are evocative with a slightly playful undertone. To make that long story a bit shorter, Jill Sissel’s got it. The proverbial “it.”

Not just talent—although she certainly has enough of that to go around—but a drive and earnestness that so many talented people seem to lack in today’s music industry. Just looking at the liner notes

is enough to make me feel inadequate. Jill Sissel is the lead vocalist; she’s the guitarist (acoustic and electric); she plays the keyboard, the bass, the harmonica; she either wrote or co-wrote every song on the album.

Is there anything she can’t do? "

- Vince Gaetano, Nashville Underground (Jan 25, 2011)

"CD - Love Knows No Distance - "The 10 songs on this CD are all co-written by this multi-talented artist. Sissel has a warm, sexy voice and sets the tone of the album with the title song.

She also gets to show off her guitar pickin' skills on every track as well as her other instrumental talents. "

- Brad Fisher, Nashville Music Guide (Feb 04, 2001)

"I Googled, “Jill Sissel!” WOW! Six pages of info choices immediately slapped me in the face! She is an incredibly talented and prolific music machine! She does it all. I learned quickly (YouTube never lies)

that Jill is an accomplished blues guitarist. "

- Tim Ross, Nashville Music Scene (Feb 15, 2010)

I really like all the songs on the album! By far my two favorites are “Sticks and Stones” and “Now’s The Time”. Maybe it’s the words or the easy flow of the songs or maybe the groove that they create, but those two really get me. I love them. Overall you have really created a Blues type album that somehow does not feel trendy or forced. It has a great Blues feel but it does not rely on the same old cliché’s that seem to be non-stop with many of today’s Blues artists. Not in style, but in feeling, it reminds me of how Clapton approaches the Blues. Somehow he remains authentic to the art form while remaining distinctly Eric Clapton. I feel you have also captured that elusive mix of traditional and fresh. Many “Blues” albums bore me because they all sound like copy bands. Yours is new and electric and fresh and timely. As usual, your words are creative but to the point, the imagery is strong and tells a story, something lacking in many of today’s artists. The production is very good, the recording very nice. I really love the lead work of your guitarist and of course, your instrumental work is very captivating. I really think the bass parts are solid and fit the CD well. Liz did a superb job all around and the whole effort comes across very professional.

Gene Swift songwriter

"Out Of Nowhere" is her best album yet. It was recorded at Little Hollywood studio where magic takes place on a regular basis. Producer Joe Webber brought his magnificent stable of great players into the proceedings. Besides Webber playing bass, keyboards and back-up vocals, Bob Hatter shows once again why he's so many people's favorite guitarist. Our own Shake! magazine editor, Chris P. James turns out to be "Mr. Tamboura Man." Mark Sissel also plays guitar, Paul Jackson adds piano and the drummer is Rod Evans. Melissa Lewis, who co-wrote a couple of the tunes sings beautiful background harmonies. This CD sounds bright and creative from the beginning to end. Jill wrote or co-wrote all the songs and is not afraid to take cool chances with different kinds of instrumentation such as tambouras and ethnic percussion, Sissel's voice is expressive and immanently likeable. Her sincerity shines through. Recommended.

Jess Marich For SHAKE! magazine

This is a CD you will be playing over and over again!

From the lively title cut "Out of Nowhere", the funky rhythms of "Get it Together", to the flowing and compelling lyrics of "Beauty", this CD is at once remarkable for its fine muscianship, its originality (all songs were written or co-written by Jill), and its soul. This is a CD you will be playing over and over again. Check it out!!

Patricia Martin editor: Health and Wellness Magazine Nashville

"Out Of Nowhere" the 2003 release and third CD from Jill Sissel is an upbeat and rainbow bright blending of rock/pop music. Sissel comments, "Out of Nowhere is the song that I never get tired of playing." Sissel fills the music with graceful instrumentation and lyrical butterflies that you would be hard pressed to find on most records today.
She has a unique ability to transport the listener to another era; the Sixties when she does her song "Get It Together", mixing beautiful, melodic harmonies with her backup singer Melissa Lewis in this Korene Greenwood/Sissel co-write. Sissel is an excellent singer/songwriter and superb guitarist. I don’t use the term singer/songwriter lightly either. Sissel has a story to tell each and every time a song is played. Somewhat Sissel reminds us of Eva Cassidy in her abilities to sing any musical style she desired. Sissel brings all of her instrumental skills out of the bag with "Beauty" as she alone does all instrumentation. One of my favorite songs is "Magic World of 10" brings fond memories of the carefree days of childhood. "Out Of Nowhere" has variety and eclectic styling, taking us from one scenario to the next, changing the backdrop and setting with each song and the heartfelt exuberance that makes music simply good. "Out Of Nowhere" is a beautiful, blend of musical storytelling.

Jane Powell - Music Journalist MTSU

I have really enjoyed "The Builder"....of songs, and heart

I have tried to put my thoughts and emotions into one place while listening to this disc. Jill has a way of taking the simple beauty of everyday life and bringing it to a new light of understanding. In her songs I find that love is defined and hope is a staple; That in the waking up to the day and living out the hours in "the moment" there is all of our individual obvious gifts laid out before us. We need more songs like these to live with, to laugh with, and to think about when the lights go out. Buy a copy yourself and enjoy Jill Sissel's beautifully built gifts to all of us. Thanks Jill.

-Ian Charles (songwriter)

"Part rock, part folk, part pop and all good. Jill Sissel's signature songs are instantly likable, such as the opening, "That Far" with its fold/pop groove and into the ballad "The Builder" with its smooth relationship analogies and beyond. Jill's songs are simple, straight forward and quite enjoyable, with easy hooks to sing along with in the car, which I often did while listening to her CD. Keeping songs simple, straight forward and still interesting is not easy to do well. I found these songs very engaging."-JPFolks nominated "The Builder" for best Americana Album in the 1999 songwriting contest.

I love this CD!

Just as she does live, this CD blew me away! Great songs from the heart, excellent production and overall, just FANTASTIC! (enough said)

-Tom Chapman

Love it! Especially Attached at the Soul and In love again

Loved your Cd and the songs I mentioned. I was given the CD backstage at the Opry one Saturday night. Clark Wells,a friend from Chicago,made me promise to listen to it and I did and I was glad.

_Bob Stamper (heartakesongs.com)

Jill Sissel is refreshing and her lyrics are inspiring. Jill Sissel is just what music is missing today. Her CD is refreshing and her words inspiring. I
cannot think of another artist I have heard recently who moved me the way her music does. I strongly suggest you buy this CD and see her perform.

-Michelle Shelhamer



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