Jill

Jill

BandPopSinger/Songwriter

Paquette's talent and musicianship stand strong on their own. It's the acoustic guitars that weave their way throughout the music, creating the perfect backdrop for Paquette's haunting vocals that seem to find the perfect balance of both power and delicacy." MUSICFORCE.COM

Biography

What is it that connects us to each other--and why do we long for connection? What does it mean to live in the moment--and what do we miss when we don't? Pondering this questions is what generated such wide-spread buzz and great reviews for Canadian-born singer-songwriter Jill Paquette's debut album, Jill Paquette (Reunion Records), including Dove nominations, a JUNO Award (Canadian equivalent to the Grammy's), three VIBE awards (Canadian People's Choice Awards) and two Western Canadian Awards.
Classically-trained Paquette has shared the stage with CCM greats like Rebecca St James, Shaun Groves and Jill Phillips, and she's traveled the US and Canada, performing in large venues (Franklin Graham Crusade, Spirit West Coast, Freedom Fest, GMA Seminar in the Rockies), coffee houses, concert halls, churches and local clubs. Jill has been featured in publications like Christianity Today, CCM Magazine, and CBA Marketplace; Christian Music Todaydubbed her one of the Best New Artists and Radio & Recordsnamed her one of radio's Top 10 New Artists.
It all started when she performed an impromptu set at a local coffee house in Northern Canada--not because she wanted to, but because of the relentless insistence of her friends. She met Matt Brouwer (who would later sign to a major label) that day and became a part of his band. There she learned how to “serve the music" and to connect in a meaningful way to her audience. Jill believes this is when, in actuality, music discovered her. Serendipity has been the hallmark of Jill's career: While others had been aware of her talent for years, Jill is surprised by the path her life has taken. At the request of a producer, she sat down with her guitar to record her first demo. It found its way to Nashville and she received a surprise call from a major label interested in signing her. Three years later, Jill inked her first record deal. Her whole journey has been this way: a string of events that seemed to divinely happen of their own.
Jill didn't grow up dreaming of stardom, and when you mention the accolades, she looks uncomfortable. "It's like this," she begins. "I always wanted a horse when I was younger. I knew I'd be great with horses because I just loved them so much ... they're amazing. "Finally, I got one when I was 13. My horse was my best teacher in a lot of ways, but she also had needs." She heaves an exaggerated sigh. "She had to be fed, she had a clock and she wanted ME to do things for her. If I didn't exercise her, she'd get cranky, and if she was around the wrong horses, she'd pick up bad manners." She pauses thoughtfully, her voice ironic, "It's quite like taking care of a child, and at 13, I wasn't ready for a child." The moral of the story? "Be careful what you wish for," Jill says dryly, then smiles. "There's a downside to even the greatest opportunities. You know, it was flattering and exciting to win the awards, but a record deal ... that felt like pressure to “be”something and that was scary. ButI believe this is my path, and I'm grateful."
Perhaps it's her remote, northern-Canadian upbringing and her Native-American roots that have contributed to her down-to-earth, unassuming personality. Jill's love for music goes back to childhood where, as the youngest of seven in a musical family, she began playing the piano when she was three years old. She studied classical music, and she spent her time soaking up Beethoven in lieu of MTV. To Jill, songwriting is her meditation--an outlet for her musings, her exploration of her experiences: raw, bold, and deeply honest. Dubbed the "female equivalent of the thinking man's songwriter" by Christian Music Today, she explores life's complexity, considers her shortcomings, and confesses her most private fears. Her lyrics reveal the honest travail of a person struggling with her own contradictions: longing for the richness and beauty of the moment, yet uncomfortable in her own skin. Honesty is Jill's renown: she Jill makes a believer out of the listener, awakening a sense of the divinity in their lives that perhaps they haven't experienced. "I want to awaken their curiosity about the intricate, divine moments that color our journey," Jill reveals. "I want people to experience their own defining moment with the music."

Lyrics

summer song

Written By: jill pauette

summer wind singing to me softly
prairie sun setting slow
moments in time I carry with me
and the memories keep me warm
in my mind they paint a picture
I hear the crickets singing as the light gets low
Summer wind telling to me gently
A song to bring me back when im old

Has it been so long since I first came and will it be so long till im back again
And what have I learned and how have I changed walking a lone
But never on my own

Oh I spent endless nights sending dreams on an endless flight
Under sliver haloed moons, under crimson skies
It’s no father away than my mind
No you’re no farther away than my mind

Has it been……

Oh its been too long since I first came
Will it be so long till im back again
What have I learned and how have I changed
As I walk alone, but never on my own
No im never on my own

Summer wind singing to me softly
Prairie sun setting slow
Summer wind teling to me gently
A song to bring me back when im old

Cold Night in California

Written By: Jill Paquette

it was a cold night in california
with the wind blowing off of the water cool and clean
there was something about the sky that night that begged to be seen
so we walked till the street light got tangled up in the trees

And it was not the ocean
Not the days filled up with sun
Not what i was expecting
Not the way that countless other loves have begun

It was a cold night in california
and something i'd never felt before i should have said something but i wanted to hear it from you
i had to know if you loved me to that night in california

And it was not the ocean
Not the days filled up with sun
Not what i was expecting
Not the way that countless other loves have begun

It was a cold night in california
and something i'd never felt before i should have said something but i wanted to hear it from you
i had to know if you loved me to...
Know if you loved me to and if you feel the way i do since california

Only Jesus

Written By: jill paquette, mike hill

only Jesus can take a broken heart and make it free again
only His love can truly ease the anger and the pain
only He has seen the lonely tears, only He knows your heart Only He can make a difference
isn't it time you let Him start

Open your hands and feel the difference letting go can make
How much further do you really think you can go before your heart will break
you can hold the pain close but you need to know there is healing for your soul
Open your hands, its time to let it go

Discography

Jill Paquette- self titled
Word Of Mouth- pre release
JiPa- pre-release
Lift My Eyes - single
Not The Only One- single
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Set List

15 minute set:
Ps 116
If I Had My Way
Sunshine
Not The Only One

30 minute set:
Ps 116
Lift My Eyes
If I Had My Way
Cold Night in California
Sunshine
Not The Only One

45 - 70 minute set:
Ps 116
Summer Song
Lift My Eyes
If I Had My Way
Take You or Leave You
Cold Night in California
Sunshine
Not The Only One
Forget

Covers:
Wild Horses - Rolling Stones
All My Tears - Buddy and Julie Miller
You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome - Bob Dylan
You Move Me - Gordon Kennedy
Blackbird - The Beatles