Jillaine

Jillaine

 Provo, Utah, USA
BandJazzBlues

My big, bluesy voice shocks audiences with authenticity that is never pitch-shifted in performances or recordings. With retro-glamour, I appeal to octogenarians, children and all in between. Comparisons to Ella, Carole King and Aretha Franklin are typical. My rich vocal overtones fill musical space.

Biography

Besides my startling and unique vocal qualities, probably the most unusual thing about me is I am a public performer who has an environmental illness: chemical sensitivities to perfumes, colognes and scented products. I actually wear a ventilator mask in public and take a tabletop air purifier wherever I go. Despite this seemingly insurmountable obstacle, I have performed since I was five years old and have missed only one performance due to strep throat!

Even people who hate jazz are enthralled by my performances. Heavy Metal guitarists love my concerts for the energy I exude. Teens love the unexpected nature of my singing. Children love to come up to me to see if I am real and to give me gifts after I perform. Jazz lovers love the richness of my bluesy voice. They also appreciate my powerful renditions of rock favorites like "Final Countdown" and "Hold the Line."

My first demo in a recording studio was done at 10 years of age. Four more demos preceded my first CD, "You Really Meant It," released April 2009. My second CD, "Scars on My Heart," will be released in May/June 2010.

While in college the last five years working toward a jazz studies degree with vocal emphasis, I have done over 65 performances on and off campus. Particularly important to me are the benefits for United Way, Utah Regional Medical Center Neonatal and Pediatric units, and SA Lifeline Foundation.

I have sung with big bands, small combos, rock bands, funk bands with horns, just guitar or piano, even stride piano. At the Sacramento Traditional Jazz Festival, I sang Dixieland to a standing ovation from die- hard jazz enthusiasts.

As bandleader for my band, I arrange all the music and do the charts. As a composer, I have written, recorded and performed 13 of my songs as well as songs by other young composers.

My brother, Erik, and I established Jillaine Records www.jillaine.com On my video page, there is a BYU Weekly segment about my life as a performer with chemical sensitivities. It also highlights Erik.

For many years sound engineers were compressing my vocal recordings and distorting my unique vocal qualities. Erik studied and worked in sound recording so that he would have the skills to make my recordings sound close to the way I sound when I sing live. It is rare for a brother and sister to have such unique yet complementary talents.

When people would cast doubt on me for pursuing a career as a singer with chemical sensitivities or as musicians have come and gone, and when talent development costs have been prohibitive, my family always believed and never complained.

I have become a magnetic performer with a most unusual voice, compelling stage presence and masterful command of the music. And I love sharing with the audience what I experience when I sing.

Lyrics

Doubts

Written By: Jillaine Chaston

Words and Music by Jillaine Chaston
Copyright © 2009 Jillaine Chaston
I’m trying to understand,
The more I try, the more it hurts.
You say you love me, but you have doubts.
Doubts that trouble your mind.

I’m trying to understand,
The more I try, the more it hurts.
You say I don’t love you, I feed your doubts.
Doubts that trouble you mind.

You have a sharp tongue.
Your words have bite.
You’re always saying to me
That I’m not quite right!
I’m not what you expected.
I’m not your ideal.
But you think you love me anyway,
How’s that s’posed to make me feel?

I don’t want to understand.
I don’t want to cry, I don’t want to hurt.
You don’t love me, throw away your doubts.
Doubts that trouble your mind!

I’ve tried to ease your doubts,
Tried to ease all your fears.
Thought I was doing wrong,
Believing you were right all along.
But today I sat and cried,
And something deep inside;
Rose up and I realized
There shouldn’t be tears in my eyes!

I don’t want to understand.
I don’t want to cry, I don’t want to hurt.
You don’t love me, throw away your doubts.
Doubts that trouble your mind!

You have a sharp tongue.
Your words have bite.
You’re always saying to me
That I’m not quite right!
I’m not what you expected.
I’m not your ideal.
But you think you love me anyway,
How’s that s’posed to make me feel?

Confusion

Written By: (c) 2010 Jillaine Chaston

There’s confusion all around me.
It’s everywhere I turn.
And it’s all, because of you!

Every time I’m with you,
You treat me diff’rently.
And I feel, so confused.

(Chorus)
I hate confusion. You hate confrontation.
But your moods change not only you but how you see me—
And that makes me...so confused!

Everyday it seems to worsen.
Your words cut me deep.
And I feel, I can’t trust you!

(Chorus)

There’s something so unstable...‘bout you.
You claim you can’t control...your moods.
And yet you try controlling me and when you can’t, you get angry.
You say that I’m impossible. You say that I’m irrational to not let you lead me.
But I’m not the one who yells and pouts and screams and shouts.
You need to get hold of yourself!

(Solo)

Now I know just what you are
With your insecurities.
It’s not me. It’s just you.

I hate confusion. I’m leaving it behind—
That includes you and your changing moods and now I see
Clearly which makes me...free of you!

Discography

"The Moment (feat. Justin Jensen)" [Single, 7/30/12]
"My World" [Single, 7/23/12]
"As American As Jazz: A Patriotic Celebration of the USA" [Album, 7/2/12]
"Jazzy Christmas To You!" [Album, 10/25/11]
"Scars on My Heart" [Album, 5/23/11]
"You Really Meant It" [Album, 3/25/09]

Set List

SETS
60-90 minutes long
20-25 songs
MOST REQUESTED COVERS
Why Don't You Do Right
Come Rain or Come Shine
Blues in the Night
Crazy
Fever
Angel Eyes
Ain't That a Kick in the Head
I'm a Woman
Unchain My Heart
Cry Me a River
Lady is a Tramp
Heartbreak Hotel
Back to You
You Don't Know Me
Gee, Baby
At Last
God Bless the Child
More
Hold the Line
Final Countdown
I Wish I Was a Single Girl Again
Respect
Pride and Joy
House is Rockin'
Steppin' Stone
Cold Shot
These Boots Are Made for Walkin' (funk version)
25 or 6 to 4
Always on My Mind
All American Bluegrass Girl
Lady is a Tramp

ORIGINALS
You've Got Your Memories
Unfaithful Faithfully
Confusion
Scars on My Heart
Doubts
You Don't Love Me
You've Lost
Doubts R&B
This Time
Hole You Dug
Older, and Stronger, and Wiser, Too
You Lied
What Did I Do
You Really Meant It

JAZZ STANDARDS AND BALLADS UPON REQUEST
Over 150 in repertoire