Young artist Jillette Johnson drawing plenty of praise, big comparisons (Created 10/18/13)
Up-and-coming singer, songwriter and pianist Jillette Johnson has been compared to some of the bigger names in the music industry. Upon first impressions, she's been put in the same category as Fiona Apple and Adele – some lofty company bringing big expectations.
Truth be told, Johnson seems more than ready to handle the pressure of being a big time star. She's been taking music lessons and writing songs since she was a child, and has been performing live since the age of 12. And did we mention she's chasing her dream in the metropolis that is New York City, where today's entertainers can appear to be a dime a dozen?
What makes Johnson stand out is more than her piano-driven tunes. In early 2012, she inked a deal with Wind-Up records, where execs were captivated by a track called "Cameron," which explored the struggles of a transgendered person. The song appeared on Johnson's five-song EP "Whiskey & Frosting," a prelude to her debut album "Water in a Whale." The project speaks of her thoughts and experiences about living in the city and being young in today's society.
Soaring vocals and haunting piano lines are a part of Johnson's allure, but she's appealing to fans who see the side of an artist focusing on being authentic to one's self. She also supports the anti-bullying campaign, Hey U.G.L.Y. (Hey, unique, gifted, lovable you) via the Pledge Music site and aims to bring the message and her songs to life for as many people as possible.
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Past 12 Months
date city state venue 3/4/2014 Boston MA Brighton Music Hall 3/6/2014 Toronto ON Horseshoe Tavern 3/9/2014 Saint Louis MO The Demo 3/11/2014 Austin TX ACL Live at The Moody Theater 3/18/2014 Phoenix AZ Last Exit Live 3/22/2014 San Francisco CA Brick & Mortar Music Hall 3/25/2014 Vancouver BC The Media Club 3/26/2014 Portland OR Doug Fir Lounge 3/29/2014 Denver CO The Walnut Room 4/3/2014 Indianapolis IN White Rabbit Cabaret 4/26/2014 Philadelphia PA North Star Bar 4/26/2014 Philadelphia PA North Star Bar 5/3/2014 West Palm Beach FL Sunfest 5/4/2014 Cambridge MA The Sinclair 6/25/2014 New York NY Le Poisson Rouge 7/18/2014 New York NY Joe's Pub 10/10/2014 Toronto ON Adelaide Hall 10/19/2014 Cambridge MA The Sinclair 10/22/2014 Philadelphia PA North Star Bar 10/24/2014 Durham NC Motorco Music Hall 10/25/2014 Clearwater FL Capitol Theatre 10/27/2014 Atlanta GA Center Stage Theatre 10/28/2014 Nashville TN Mercy Lounge 10/29/2014 Columbus OH A and R Music Bar 11/1/2014 Minneapolis MN Fine Line Music Cafe 11/2/2014 Omaha NE The Waiting Room 11/3/2014 Kansas City MO The Record Bar 11/5/2014 Denver CO Bluebird Theater 11/6/2014 Fort Collins CO Moby Arena 11/7/2014 Salt Lake City UT The Complex 11/9/2014 Tempe AZ Club Red 11/13/2014 Boise ID Knitting Factory - Boise 11/15/2014 Vancouver BC Rio Theatre on Broadway
date city state venue 1/9/2013 Boston MA Brighton Music Hall 1/23/2013 Orlando FL Backbooth 1/24/2013 Gainesville FL High Dive 1/29/2013 Tulsa OK The Vanguard 2/15/2013 Chico CA El Rey Theatre 2/27/2013 San Francisco CA Slims 3/1/2013 Los Angeles CA The Hotel Cafe 3/22/2013 Dekalb IL The House Cafe 3/23/2013 Iowa City IA Blue Moose Tap House 3/24/2013 Saint Louis MO The Firebird 3/28/2013 Austin TX Mohawk 3/30/2013 Dallas TX The Prophet Bar 4/1/2013 Phoenix AZ Rhythm Room 4/3/2013 Los Angeles CA The Hotel Cafe 4/6/2013 San Diego CA House of Blues San Diego 4/7/2013 San Francisco CA Cafe Du Nord 4/14/2013 Omaha NE The Waiting Room 5/2/2013 Wilmington DE World Cafe Live at the Queen 5/23/2013 Dallas TX The Kessler 6/13/2013 Nashville TN 12th & Porter 6/13/2013 Manchester TN Manchester Farm 8/9/2013 New York NY Mercury Lounge 8/13/2013 Allston MA Great Scott 8/20/2013 Columbus OH The Basement 8/21/2013 Pittsburgh PA Hard Rock Cafe 8/23/2013 Cincinnati OH Fountain Square 8/28/2013 Des Moines IA Vaudeville Mews 8/29/2013 Saint Louis MO The Firebird 9/1/2013 Annapolis MD Rams Head On Stage 9/20/2013 Portland ME Port City Music Hall 9/22/2013 Cleveland OH House Of Blues Cleveland 9/25/2013 Minneapolis MN Varsity Theater 9/28/2013 Spring Lake MI Seven Steps Up Live Music & Event Venue 10/2/2013 Portland OR Mississippi Studios 10/12/2013 Columbus OH Newport Music Hall 11/3/2013 West Hollywood CA The Troubadour 11/8/2013 Santa Cruz CA The Catalyst 11/13/2013 Seattle WA Barboza 12/1/2013 Boston MA Brighton Music Hall 12/5/2013 Saint Petersburg FL The Local 662
date city state venue 11/15/2012 West Chester PA The Note