Jill Detroit

Jill Detroit

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Pop - Easy Listening | Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Total Song Plays: 7,416   
Member Since: 2003
   Last Login: 12/15/2018

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Jill Detroit Bio

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 one of Jill's brothers, 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. She has worked with artists such as Earl Klugh and Luis Resto and released songs under various names, such as Ruby Lipps and Larrice ("Bop Til I Drop," produced by Bruce Nazarian for Streetwise Records). You've also 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 her poems to music. Together with her playwright brother, Scott Phillips, Jill created a musical called "Paris on the Brain," and released songs from that musical in the spring of 2009. Her second album, "Life of My Own Choosing," was released in April 2010, followed by "The Sea," which takes its title from one of Jill's earliest attempts to marry melody with poetry.

In February 2011, Jill released her fourth album,"Tall Oaks and Tanglewood," and, soon after, "Devil May Care" emerged, featuring songs from the second Detroit/Phillips musical. Jill's sixth album, "Heart Felt," debuted in the summer of 2011 and later that fall, Jill released "Play Me Like a Saxophone," followed in the spring of 2012 by "No Man's Land," "Little Feet" in July 2012 and "Back to Square One" in November.

The spring of 2013 saw the release of two CDs: "Old Folks At Home," with songs from the third Detroit/Phillips collaboration, and "Real Love," with a decidedly more jazzy vibe. "I'm Outta Here," debuted in the fall of 2013, followed in early 2014 by "In the Presence of Grace," Jill's first devotional album featuring performances by members of Jill's family. "Fight Like a Girl," Jill's 15th album, was followed in February 2015 by "Jill Jazz," a compilation of 14 pre-recorded originals that showcase Jill's jazzier side. In May 2015, Jill released "Wedded Bliss (Abyss)," from the 4th Detroit/Phillips original musical followed in July by "Eclipse," and in December, "Around the Corner." Jill's 20th album, "See You Later," was released in August 2016 and, soon after, "The Hippie in Me" appeared. Jill's first album of cover tunes, aptly entitled "Under the Covers," was released in the spring of 2017, just before "Pompeii, the Musical," with songs from the 5th Detroit/Phillips play. Jill's 24th album, "Step Up To The Plate," with 10 more original songs, was released in August 2017, followed in December 2017 by "Be Careful What You Wish For," Jill's silver album. "Under Cover Again," with more cover tunes, "Under the Influence," Jill's second devotional album, and "Songcatcher," with Detroit originals, were released in spring 2018. Jill closed out 2018 with the release of her 29th album, "Welcome to America."

After living several years in northern California, where she began recording her musical memoirs with the talented, creative producer, Bill Bentley, Jill now makes her home in Las Vegas. 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.