Jill Cagney
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Jill Cagney

Cranford, New Jersey, United States | SELF

Cranford, New Jersey, United States | SELF
Band Rock Singer/Songwriter




"Jill Cagney "Nerves Of Steel" Review 5/13/2013"

Jill Cagney, the queen of punk folk, will slip past your defenses and lodge directly in your heart. As she sings in the title song of "Nerves of Steel," "I crossed over your border into your comfort zone. Side stepped all of your land mines to keep you from being alone." On her third CD, she re-unites the same musical team that worked on her previous records -- producer Jason Rubal, bassist Roy Nash, drummer Jason Butcher, and guitarist Dan Gallagher. Ms. Cagney penned all the tunes, does all the singing and plays acoustic guitar.

Maybe her work as a guidance counselor in a New Jersey middle school prepared Ms. Cagney to cut to the quick of so many highly charged situations. In "Missing," she ponders the loss of love. "I found your note on the bathroom floor. Left where anyone could see it, looking for a cure. Silently suffering while nothing buffers the torture. Did it come over you overnight? Did you let it in or put up a fight... You went missing but it was only your mind that went away." "Stop Talking" perfectly describes someone we all take pains to avoid. "I devoted some time figuring out what to say the next time you walked over. With your puppy dog eyes and your know it all way, you think I'm a pushover... Won't you please stop talking? Can't you see I'm falling out of my chair. If you say one more thing about all your pain I'm gonna put an ice pick through my brain." "The Creeper" depicts every woman's nightmare lothario. "You look like a creeper in your white sneakers. There's something about you that makes me say 'eww.' You say things like girl you got a good back. You say things like baby that's a nice rack. You think they love you when they give you a hard slap."

Jill Cagney's amazing powers of observation continue throughout the album. In "Vigilante Girlfriend," Cagney takes action against a "player." "A notch on your belt, your bedpost, an item on your shelf, and I won't let you do it to anyone else. I called all your girlfriends. Told them who you are and how it would end. I planted the seeds that will slow your game... I won't be another one of your collectibles." One weekend, Cagney forced herself to do nothing but write songs. Out popped "Procrastination." "There are only two things I need to complete but they involve a small fight between myself and me. Makes me uncomfortable, makes me sweat so I'll do anything else instead. Wash the dog. Shave my legs. Clean the kitchen, Empty the coffee dregs.

Jason Rubal's production puts Cagney's vocals and acoustic guitar up front and center. Her plaintive tone and quirky delivery conjure up images of The B-52s. So much drama, so little time! I can't wait to hear what disturbs her next.

©2013 Roger-Z - The Working Musician.com


Lets talk about the fun, sexy, and talented Jill Cagney. Jill has been on my radar for many years now and she is back with her album, ‘Nerves Of Steel.’ This 6 song collection is in my opinion some of her best work yet. Join us as Jill speaks on her plans for 2013, her personality, rebuilding the Jersey Shore, and much more! - Skope Magazine

"Jill Cagney"

I think it’s universally understood that being a social worker takes a special kind of person; someone with seemingly unlimited patience to be sure. But we’ve been learning more and more, that some of the most creative, talented people out there make their living doing this kind of work – and Jill Cagney is the latest example to grace the pages of PEV. Her style of music shouldn’t come as a surprise based on this background – she states it best: “Jill Cagney does not bend the truth to be nice, get along with people or fit into society.” And while 2009’s “Sometimes I Tell the Truth” did showcase this, this years "It's All in How You See Things" demonstrates this better than ever.

We asked Cagney to get into the collection: “It is darker and more edgy than my first record…more true to me. I think fans will relate to each of the 10 songs and see themselves in them, or at least find another way to look at the things they deal with everyday. Who hasn’t had the thought ‘If you leave me I’ll kill you’!” Intense, eh? If you like a dose of reality with your listening, then Jill Cagney and “It’s All in How You See Things” is for you. Jill will be busy making more music, touring, and even making TV appearances, so keep an eye out. - PensEyeView

"Artist Reviews"

If you are fans of Sheryl Crow or Liz Phair, you will fall in love with the sweet sounding, casual acoustic rock with a twist of girl power. With amusing lyrics and acoustic guitar filling the background, this music is perfect for that road trip you have been persistently putting off. You are guaranteed to see things just a little differently after listening to these 10 tunes that will rock your soul. - Muzikreviews.com

"Greater Trenton Live & Local Music Listings"

"The Jersey girl loves to keep it real. And if it means dissing “The Jersey Shore” to a room of Canadians — so be it. “That ‘Jersey Shore’ show … I swear to you there’s nobody like that (in Jersey),” she’s heard telling a crowd at Toronto’s Vapor Room in a video montage found on her website highlighting her November tour. “I haven’t met anybody like that. Maybe some of the makeup and fake boobs. But after that … no.” While our girl Snookie’s been getting busy in the hot tub, Cagney’s been busy recording records. In fact, her third album, “It’s All in How You See Things,” is set to drop April 30. And what we’ve heard so far, we like. It’s sweet and sensual indie pop complete with flirty harmonies and truthfully smart, no-nonsense lyrics that refuse to cower." - The Trentonian


There is nothing that I admire more than a musician who puts herself and her music out there for all to see & hear. My next guest is the epitome of this and I could not be happier for Jill Cagney as she releases her sophomore CD, ‘It’s All In How You see Things’ Saturday night at Crossroads in Garwood, NJ. I have heard the album twice now, and with catchy songs like “Riverbed” and “Change Your Mind” I plan on having this album playing all summer long. Come on out and support a musician who does not need to use shock value & controversy for you to enjoy her tunes, go Jill! - Skope Magazine

"Jill at The MMC14"

Next up was Jill Cagney from Cranford, New Jersey, accompanied by our local hero, Roy Nash. Jill is a mom, and at first she hated Facebook, and then she realized she could use it to spy on her kids, and now she loves it, she wrote a song just about that called, “Facebook.” Because kids hate to be embarrassed she also made a song called “Kids.” She’s very straight forward, and I think Moms all over the world can connect with her and her lyrics! The name of her CD is “Sometimes I Tell the Truth.” Again, perfect coming from a Mom. Thanks for keeping it real Jill! - PA Musician Magazine

"Dan Herman: Radio Crystal Blue 2/14/10 show announcement"

THIS WEEK'S shows (2/7): RCB Novus Ordo, as usual, introduces the newest material....and my favorites of the 9 I spun this week included Gumshen (the latest in alternative rock from Seattle), Brite Lite Brite (who opened for Locksley on an MTV tour, speaking of artists with new material), and Jill Cagney (NJ soulful, sarcastic songwriter), - Dan Herman, Radio Crystal BLue

"Music Monday - Jill Cagney, The Ultimate Mommy Bloggers’ Folk Musician"

"...So, if you like edgy authenticity, take a moment to check out some of Jill Cagney’s music." - Orient Lodge


10/20/12 "Nerves Of Steel"
Produced by Jill Cagney and Jason Rubal, Seventh Wave Studios

4/30/2011 "It's all In How You See Things"
Produced by Jason Rubal, Seventh Wave Studios

10/2009 "Sometimes I Tell The Truth"
Produced by Jason Rubal, Seventh Wave Studios

Radio Play:
WIUX, Bloomington, IN
WBZC, Burlington,NJ
WASU, Boone,, NC
WCFM, Williamstown, MA
WCUR, West Chester, PA
WARY, Valhalla, NY
WBMB, New York, NY
WCCS, Norton, MA
WMBR Cambridge, MA
WCNI, New London, CT
WRRG, River Grove, IL
WLUW, Chicago, IL
WBCR, Brooklyn, NY
WSCW, Worcester, MA
WDVX, Knoxville TN
KDHX, St. Louis, MO
KGLT, Bozeman, MT
KRVS, Lafayette, LA
Radio DePaul, Chicago IL (DePaul Univ.)
Radio Crystal Blue,
Rockin' Moms.com

TV performance/interview:
The Working Musician
Comcast Channel 28 on The Tim Qualls Show - Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey



Jill Cagney does not bend the truth to be nice, get along with people or fit into society. In her music she writes about the things most of us would not say out loud; then she sings them in public. With songs about friends who always ask but never take advice, Facebook addiction, wanting to curse someone out, forgiveness, the sweetness of falling in love and the pain of losing a cell phone, Jill’s music speaks to our everyday struggles, draws us in and makes us say “me too!”

Jill is based in New Jersey and credits growing up in the New York/New Jersey area with giving her what she calls her“lovingly sarcastic” view of the world. She began writing songs as a little girl; performing them for any audience she could find. She taught herself to play guitar as a young teen, sang in choirs all though her school years, and plays many different instruments including fife, French horn and piano. Jill majored in acting in undergraduate school and went on to get a masters degree in social work from NYU. Her live performances showcase her background. Jill tells the stories behind her songs as she goes; and ropes us in. The combination of her musicianship, stage presence and fascination with human nature set her apart. She is not afraid to poke fun at anything, including herself. Jill credits her influences as Tori Amos, The Pretenders, Liz Phair, U2 and Joni Mitchell.

Jill released her first CD “Sometimes I Tell The Truth” produced by Jason Rubal (Dresden Dolls) in 2009. “Jill Cagney’s music has a feeling of edgy authenticity that could not and should not be overlooked”(Aldon Hynes, Orient Lodge Music Review 5/2010). Jill played throughout the NY/NJ/PA area, in support of her CD, as well in Toronto and Tennessee. She returned to Seventh Wave Studio with Jason Rubal in the summer of 2010, and came out with her CD “It’s All In How You See Things”, released on 4/30/2011, followed by a summer tour. She has just finished a tour that included gigs in Collingswood NJ, Philadelphia PA, Asheville NC, Knoxville TN, Memphis TN and Indianapolis IN.

Jill released of her new EP called "Nerves Of Steel" on 10/20/2012. She used the release as a benefit to raise $1,200. for a friend's son who is battling cancer.

Jill has opened for Pat Dinizio of The Smithereens at The Crossroads in NJ, Peter Karp and Sue Foley at The Stanhope House in NJ, and performed as a part of the WFMU Seven Second Delay during their record breaking 60 artists in 60 minutes show. She has showcased at multiple music conferences and festivals.

“Perspective is everything, and a little sarcasm doesn’t hurt either” Jill Cagney