Jillian Santella

Jillian Santella

BandPopSinger/Songwriter

Performing since the age of 3, Jillian Santella studied violin, oboe, dance, theater, voice, guitar, & piano before beginning to write & perform original pop/rock songs. Since then, she has been getting rave reviews, building a reputation as a must-hear for fans of memorable hooks & honest lyrics.

Biography

When Jillian Santella was three years old, she saw Itzhak Perlman on Sesame Street. Already a true Taurus – full of bull, and as stubborn as one, too – she insisted that her mother get her a violin, and she began lessons. As she grew older, Jillian’s tastes stretched and grew, but two things remained constant: her love of music and her need to perform. In addition to violin, she has studied dance (tap and jazz), oboe, acting, voice, piano, and guitar. While she was in high school, Jillian was accepted at the Nassau BOCES Cultural Arts Center. She spent three years there as a musical theater major. By the end of that incredible experience, she realized that while she loved theater, her greatest joy came from writing and performing her own songs. In September of 2001, Jillian began studying at Berklee College of Music, working to find her voice and excel at her craft.

2004 was a big year for Jillian. First, her song Why Am I was selected to be featured on a compilation CD being put out by European based company Music75. In addition, Jillian released her debut EP, The July EP. To promote the stripped down, acoustic CD, she hit the stage solo for the first time. She spent the summer on the stages of New York – all across Long Island, around Brooklyn and Manhattan. She was featured in several showcases by groups such as The Long Island Music Coalition, as well as an art and music show put on by New York’s City Canyons Records. Everywhere she went, she charmed audiences with her winning personality and well-crafted pop/rock songs.

In the winter of 2005, Jillian set out on an acoustic tour, bringing her music to venues from MA to PA and everywhere in between. Once again, after each show, it was relatively impossible to find an audience member not humming one of Jillian’s infectious hooks.

What’s Jillian up to these days? Jillian is living in Boston, writing and recording new material, and preparing to rock your socks off.

Lyrics

This Misery

Written By: Jillian Santella

They call it falling for a reason
You and I won't make it through unscathed
Between a stumble and a smile
We're caught in a temper-mental rain

How far can we bend before we break
It's the chaos that I crave
The sweetest poison, and I can't get enough
This misery is the company I love

We could have a peaceful night
And not scream until we're hoarse
I could go buy a nice set of dishes and not sweep them off the floor
But I think I'd miss the war

How far can we bend before we break
It's the chaos that I crave
The sweetest poison, and I can't get enough
This misery is the company I love

I can't sit still and you go too far
You push too much and I love too hard
It keeps us on our toes
Yeah, here we go

How far can we bend before we break
It's the chaos that I crave
The sweetest poison, and I can't get enough
This misery is the company
Oh this misery is my company
This misery is the company I love

Why Am I

Written By: Jillian Santella

Everyday I walk along, any place I go alone
I see you there
I tumble back to daydreams, maybe you'll see me differently
And start to care
But I don't get a glance, or a second chance
I walk on by
Go home and cry

[CHORUS]
Why am I so hung up on you?
I would dry the seas if you asked me to
Why am I so caught up in this?
I could free my wings if I felt your kiss

Why am I?
Why am I?

Everything you do, every word you speak
I remember
Every time you smile, every part of me
Starts to tremble
If I say something quickly, say something clever
You could be mine
But I am so tongue-tied

[REPEAT CHORUS]

Why am I the one to fall
Over and over and over again
Why am I the one you call to cry
Why am I just your friend

[REPEAT CHORUS]

Go To The Devil

Written By: Jillian Santella

I'm tired, it's 3 A.M.
It's too late for "I'm sorry"s
So get your things and watch your step as you leave
Don't trip on the loose ends of your stories

[CHORUS]
Go to the devil, tell him what you did
Go to the devil, he'll always let you in
Go to the devil
He'll take you in, every little sin, yeah you'll fit right in
Go to the devil

Now you need to feel redeemed
It's about time you were on your knees
But all the churches, they've closed their doors
They've given more forgiveness than they can afford

[REPEAT CHORUS]

No one wants to hear your echoed lies
Don't wanna see you prayin' like you're reading lines
When you sell your soul, you're bound to pay a price

[REPEAT CHORUS]

I Am A Camera

Written By: Jillian Santella

He danced, he danced, he danced shirtless in the rain
He spoke, he spoke, and it echoed through my brain
His face, his eyes, he was driving me insane
Secretly

And when he grinned, his grin spread throughout the room
The crowd, the crowd, the crowd faded from my view
I fell apart, while he stood there so aloof
Never seeing me

Because I, I am a camera
Capturing the smiling scenes
I, I am a camera
With a smile that nobody sees
It's never seen

So cool, so calm, so collected he appeared
He'd play, spit game, but would he make it through the year
So tall, he'd fall, I was starting to see clear
As time went by

I tried to guide but he wanted to run free
Look strong, look brave, and deny the misery
He tripped, he slipped, and I had to let him be
Standing to the side

Because I, I am a camera
Capturing the smiling scenes
I, I am a camera
With a smile that nobody sees
It's never seen

He could never be pinned down
But I've got him on this page
And there he will remain
There he will remain for me to memorize
There he will remain forever, in my eyes
In my eyes

I, I am a camera
Capturing the smiling scenes
I, I am a camera
With a smile that nobody sees
It's never seen
I'm never seen
I am a camera
I am a camera

Discography

The July EP (2004) - Jillian's independently released acoustic debut.

Music75 Compilation One - International compilation released by www.Music75.com. Jillian's song "Why Am I" is featured.

Jillian's music has received airplay on numerous radio and internet radio shows. Featured songs include: "Why Am I", "Sleeping With Shadows", "This Misery", "I Am A Camera", and "Go To The Devil".

Set List

Though there is no "typical" Jillian Santella show, here is a recent set list (from a full band performance):

I Am A Camera
Me & Maggie
Simply
Amazing (written & performed by special guest Kyle Hurlbut)
To The Grave
Beggar
Undercover Lover (written & performed by special guest Matt Pryor)
Sleeping With Shadows
Why Am I
If This Were A Movie
Cosmic Collision (written & performed by special guest Matt Pryor)
I Can't Remember To Forget You
Anywhere (written & performed by special guest Kyle Hurlbut)
It's So Easy (Sheryl Crow cover)
Life's So Easy (written & performed by special guest Matt Pryor)
Summer Days
This Misery
Mean Streak (Kay Hanley cover)
You'd Be Surprised (written & performed by special guest Matt Pryor)
Underneath (Hanson cover, featuring special guest Carly Sperber)
Love Is Enough
Mandy (written & performed by special guest Kyle Hurlbut)
Go To The Devil
Come Together (Beatles Cover)
Lie Down Alone