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Judge for Jill Sissel

Franklin, TN
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Portrait of Jill Sissel
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Jill Sissel is an extraordinary award winning woman, singer/songwriter, musician, engineer and producer of insightful Americana flavored music. Jill takes textures of sound and lyrics designing colorful palettes of music suited to all walks in life.

Jill has opened for major league acts including Dan Seals, Tracy Lawrence, JoDee Messina and Ty England. She has had successful recordings by Bam Davis, Irene Goodnight and Susan Jayne. Jill produced the theme for an independent film entitled Murphy’s Law and wrote another composition for the score as well.

Notably, Jill has achieved a nomination for Best Americana Song in the 2001 Just Plain Folks songwriting competition for Love Knows No Distance. Her second album and self-produced was also nominated for Best Americana Album. Jill was not a newcomer to the Just Plain Folks songwriting contest. The year 1999 lead to the breakout success of her acclaimed first album The Builder nominated in the category of Best Americana Album.

Out of Nowhere, Jill’s third CD is a masterpiece of musicianship highlighting her rich, vibrant voice. Beauty a track from this album features Jill on every instrument. She is a fluent musician on acoustic guitar, electric bass guitar, flute and keyboards. Joe Webber co-producer with Sissel on this project comments, “I think she is one of the most talented singer/songwriters I’ve ever met or seen. Anyone that I’ve ever turned on to Jill’s music likes her.”

Jill’s 4th CD is her sole instrumental release entitled Poderios. A Spanish word for “special power” indicates a unique force in a specific natural location. It is holistic and its focus is on meditation and relaxation. Jill reflects, “I feel the strength of music to heal is the most important thing in life.” Poderios predominantly features Jill’s guitar skills and is expressed with a Southwestern ardor. A multi-talented individual she thrives on many different aspects of musical creativity.

Jill has appeared in Nashville’s well-known venue, the Bluebird Café for Chick Singer Night, as well as other local landmarks. She is a native of Utah. Jill became involved with music at age three, played the guitar since age eight, a professional musician at eighteen and devotes her entire life to her love of music.

“There is nothing more enriching to me than to sit with my guitar, playing a song on tape. As I’m recording it I hear a place for a flute part, or a another guitar part. It is almost like walking through a forest and then finding the path open up before you, even as you are walking.”

Simplicity and truth are the inner threads woven into all of Jill Sissel’s music.

Once you’ve heard her music, it will always be part of your life!