"Combining high-tech with high artistry, Jillian Ann is a web icon and model who has gained international acclaim as one of the Internet age's most successful indie musicians. Her last album release generated more then 50 million search requests on the P2P networks, and her 2007 album release promises to establish her as one of the 21st Century's most Innovative acts." - Bravo Entertainment
"I like to give the audience a feeling of empowerment while expressing the ability to confront preconceived notions, defined parameters, contrived obstacles and offer a musically creative example of how energy can be used to overcome, liberate and persevere" - Jillian Ann
"While she seems to have been compared with artists like Sopor Aeternus, Portishead… I would link some of her influences with Bjork! I just feel the same fascination to explore the limits of different styles and create an own sound. That sound combines neo-classical elements together with pop refinement while her vocals are also evoking the whispering style of Bjork. This is an encouraging production that certainly deserves some attention!" –Side Line Magazine
The short Bio
Jiliian Ann is a talent of multiple disciplines who got her start with humble beginnings. Her early life was one of Home Schooling, with an emphasis on Art and Music, and week-ends at Church. The formality of those structures was balanced out by the woods behind her house where Jillian was free to roam, letting her spirit soar on the wings of her unleashed imagination.
But the bright lights of the Big City beckoned to her, and at the soonest opportunity, Jillian took flight towards those lights. First to New York, then to Los Angeles, Paris, London and Milan as she became caught up in the high velocity world of high fashion and haute couture. Jilllian quickly discovered she had 'the look' that photographers were after and found work as model and muse to fashion and glamour photographers and skirted the edge of the Art House avant garde with shows and performances in numerous galleries.
However, the mercurial girl was not satisfied to stay in the world of photography and Fine Art forever. Branching into film, and then into music, Jillian opened up whole new levels of her talent and creative energies as she expressed herself as an actress and a singer.
Teaming up with David Kirby, a kindred spirit, she created Elucido and set to work recording her first album, an EP called 'The Fallen'. Inspired by the underground Rave scene and warehouse parties she encountered in Atlanta as well as artists as diverse as Beethoven to Portishead, 'The Fallen' was later expanded into a full album. At the same time, Jillian and David started recording 'Beta', a larger, more ambitious project; a theme album designed to take the listener on a journey through ethereal soundscapes and emotions and to serve as inspiration for creation or for meditation. Inspired by artists like Boards of Canada, Thievery Corporation and Enigma 'Beta' was full of relaxing sounds perfect for either making out or simply just chilling. David and Jillian's creative paths diverged after this, and 'Beta' would be their last project together.
With Elucido now defunct, Jillian Ann concentrated further on modelling and acting. With a home studio in Brooklyn built from money made through numerous gigs, she went to work on 'Neverland', an album designed and inspired by the streets of New York, heartbreak over the end of a deep love, and the outbreak of war in Iraq. Moody and eccentric with a fusion of goth and classical, industrial, electronic and IDM 'Neverland' was Jillian's first solo album. She filled it with songs that were stories from a soul still a bit shy about coming out from behind the walls of her past into a mad world, told with a voice that was shy yet raw.
Next came 'Eden'. Working in collaboration with Chris James aka. Purity Control, Jillian crafted a lush but dark canopy of beats and soundscapes that blended glitch, dub, IDM and electronica into a tight little EP.
Her hard work paid off in 2003 with a grant from the New York Foundation for the Arts, as well as a Grammy pre-nomination in the Best New Artist category. 2003 also saw 'Neverland' get 50 million search requests in 9 months on P2P. In addition, Jillian's modelling now included print and runway work for L'oreal, Toni & Guy, Be Be, Versace and Chanel, and by 2004, FHM magazine featured her in their annual 'Hot' list. Soon she was shooting commercials in Japan for Nintendo, appearing in a music video with Moby and was a panelist at the Global Entertainment & Media Summit on the topic 'Artists in a Digital Age'.
A big break-out year for Jillian Ann was 2006, which saw the young artist performing at Ultra Festival with Kevens at several venues across the country. As well, Jillian's own site was receiving between 10-50 million hits each month and was ranked in the top 20 of electronica sites. At this time Jillian began to garner interest from numerous record labels.
In 2007 Jillian began collaborating with Resurrector of Heavyweight Dub Champion when she hired the talented artist to produce her show for that year's Honda Ski Tour. Working together, the pair discovered a mutual interest in each other's music and decided to form Liberation Movement.
A hybrid of sounds comparable to Massive Attack, Nine Inch Nails, and Portishead, Liberation Movement is a result of the mixture of Jillian Ann's vocals and composition with Resurrector's deep beats, tribal grooves and production and is the perfect balance between the two artists' energies. Touring along the West Coast and as far inland as Colorado, the duo quickly earned a core fanbase. This led to Resurrector inviting Jillian Ann to join Heavyweight Dub Champion as a guest vocalist, performing music from Liberation Movement in front of crowds as large as 10,000 people.
Jillian and Resurrector's mutual interests in music soon grew to include mutual feelings towards each other and the pair were engaged in early 2007, with marriage following .. Honeymooning in South East Asia, Jillian Ann returned relaxed and refreshed to complete work on her latest two projects; 'Punk Meditations' and 'Everything Else'.
Due in '08, 'Punk Meditations' is an album inspired by 10 days of silence and fasting, a year devoid of love-making and a desire to meditate. Using unconventional forms ranging from vocal samples to white noise along with drums, strings, piano and keyboards Jillian set out to sculpt a soundscape that both inspired and expanded the Mind, Body, and Soul with the knowledge that amidst the Chaos, there is always Love.
Numerous requests from friends and fans for an album of simple piano work has brought about 'Everything Else', also due in '08. A stripped-down album of piano, strings and soundscapes to inspire the mind to dream and create, Jillian Ann describes 'Everything Else' as an album "about all the things I have never spoken of, stories that I have never found the words to tell. 'Everything Else' is about all those things we long to say or express and cannot find the words for, all the things we long to share but fear the consequences -this album is about those things which haunt us, yet inspire us; our ghosts, angels and demons, lovers and muses, the life and death, loves and lusts that both rapture our inner mind and release it."
2008 also saw Jillian Ann receive another grant from the New Yok Foundation for the Arts, which she will be using to complete her next album, coming in '09. Tentatively entitled 'Cover' it will consist of music inspired by the Beat Poets and the movements of the '60s, as well as current feelings of freedom slowly being eroded behind our backs in these dark times. One track from the album, 'King of Solitude', has received considerable interest from Sony/BMG.
Now living in California, Jillian Ann has been learning how to live a greener life and learning to push the boundaries of her music, life and creations. As well, Jillian and her partner are working on Liberation Movement's debut album, due out in the Spring of 2009, and touring with Heavyweight Dub Champion up and down the West Coast and throughout the Midwest.