Jillian Valentine
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Jillian Valentine

New York City, New York, United States | SELF

New York City, New York, United States | SELF
Band Pop Singer/Songwriter


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"New Artist Spotlight on Jillian Valentine"

Whether you are pondering what to get your Secret Santa at iwork or are just sick of the same Top 40's songs on the radio, we have the perfect solution for your holiday blues. Her name is Jillian Valentine and her debut album, "Rebelle," is available on iTunes. Not only is she beautiful and has a soulful voice of an angel, but this chick is talented beyond her years. Jillian writes her own music, which is not only ambitious, but it puts her ahead of a lot of young musicians you hear on the radio today. We caught up with recording artist, Jillian Valentine to talk about her album, her musical influences and what's up next for her.

How has your debut album, “Rebelle” been received by your fans?

I finished the album a year ago, but it's only been released for a couple months. It's been getting stellar feedback, as well as references to similarities to some really great musicians I admire. A lot of artists don't embrace comparisons to others, but I'm always grateful for listeners placing my music on a similar rank to well-known artists.

Are you working on any other projects right now?

I'm working on demoing/pitching some songs for other artists at the moment, as well as writing new songs for my next album. There are some really great things in store for 2011 that I can barely wait to share!

Did you work with any big names on your album?

I worked with some really exceptional musicians on this album, some of whom have played with other artists that I grew up listening to.... it was almost unreal to have them playing on my album. It features Shawn Pelton (Sheryl Crow, Michelle Branch), Rob Clores (Jesse Malin, Enrique Iglesias), and even Shannon Curfman (blues/rock singer) singing back-ups on 'Praying for Rain'. I used to cover her songs in college, so it was really awesome having her on my album.

You have been described as “Sassy yet soulful” and “Fresh yet unforgettable,” how does that make you feel and do you think they encompass you as an artist?

It's a phrase I really embrace. I think it's important to have an edge and something new to bring to the scene, as well as to present music substantial and meaningful enough to keep listeners hooked beyond the current trend. It's a hard balance to strike, but it's something I strive for.

You write your own material and play the piano for most of your songs, do you think that gives you an edge in the music world, compared to say, Ke$ha, who doesn’t seem to have much musical talent in our opinion.

I'd like to hope so. I studied songwriting for three years at Berklee, and have been writing, playing and singing for over a decade. If anything, I hope it shows substance and commitment to something I'm passionate about. Music isn't just a phase for me; it's something I've dedicated my life to.

If you could collaborate with any artist, who would it be?

Maroon 5, the Crash Kings, Ray LaMontagne, James Morrison, Marc Broussard.... Was I supposed to pick just one....?

Who to you look up to as musicians?

Ryan Adams, Sheryl Crow, Grace Potter. I really admire their originality, writing style, and musicality.

Do you ever get writer’s block while trying to write songs? If so, how do you get past that?

Far too often. Lyrically, I almost always write about things that I'm going through at any given moment. If whatever I'm writing about takes a turn, it's really difficult to continue writing while trying to remain in a past frame of mind. I end up either placing myself in memories to complete a song, or putting it aside to pick up again when I find myself able to say more. Musically, I write on either piano or guitar, so if I get stuck writing on one instrument, I'll move to the other. Hearing and playing a song in a different sound really opens up the possibilities.

What’s on your iPod right now?

The Black Keys, Crash Kings, Band of Skulls, Carney.

Is your last name really Valentine? If not, what’s the story behind that?

It's my middle name.... I was a February baby! 'Valentine' literally means "strength" and I thought that was a great name to have and present, especially in this industry.

Besides your album, what are your favorite gifts to give or receive this holiday season?

Concert tickets are always a great gift. If I know the recipient is a new fan of the artist, I like to throw in an album too so that they can learn the songs beforehand!

What is your favorite holiday song or album?

It's between "I'll be Home for Christmas" and "River." I think they capture the melancholy side of the holiday season so beautifully.

Would you ever consider recording a holiday album?

Of course! It's always risky taking traditional holiday songs and making them your own, but I'd love to figure out a way to do so. I'd also love to write some Christmas/winter-themed songs of my own... maybe for next season! - Starpulse.com

"Jillian Valentine: Everyone's Favorite Valentine"

Some girls play with dolls. Some girls play in the mud with the boys. And some girls, like Jillian Valentine, pick up a guitar and grow up to become a rocker who sings her heart out. After studying songwriting at Berklee College of Music, Valentine moved to NYC to pursue her bluesy, soulful, music full time. Recently, the multitalented guitarist/pianist released her new album Rebelle — Rebel + belle — and since then many have been catching onto the songstress’ raw tunes. Two of her songs have already taken off, winning first place in OurStage’s Pop category for April and first place for fan voting in “MTV’s VMA Best Breakout Artist NYC” awards. Currently, Valentine will be heading out on an east coast tour.

Jillian Valentine

Hometown: Warren, NJ

How do you describe your music to new listeners? Pop/rock/soul. Basically, pop tunes laced with rock and roll, new soul, and a bit of the blues... but it still has that singer/songwriter feel to it.

What is the most fulfilling thing about your career? Hearing other people sing my songs is one of the most amazing feelings in the world.

What are you immediate career goals? Now that my album is complete, I'd really love to open for someone well known on tour. I always thought of it as an “internship” for life on the road.

What is the best show you have ever played and why? The first show I ever had was at Berklee and CBS happened to be there that day to do a piece on the college. They taped my performance and aired a clip of it during the story. It was really exciting.

How would you describe your style? Rock & roll with a feminine twist.

What inspires it? Probably the musicians I listen to. I really love rock bands, and most of the musicians are guys... I love taking their rock/grunge look and adding a feminine twist converting it into something a girl can wear. I'm constantly finding myself seeing awesome apparel or accessories made for men and wishing they made a version for women.

Any favorite recent purchases? Miss Sixty aviators. I got two pairs (black and brown), and swapped out the screws with star-shaped ones from an old, broken pair of Diors. I don't leave the house without them.

If your life were a movie, what would it be titled? Escapades of an American Gypsy.

What would you name your alter ego? Captain Jill Sparrow.

If you could pick one place to be the rest of your life, where would you be? The road. I'm far too restless to answer this question with the name of a single city!

What superpower would you prefer to have? Teleportation, without a doubt. There are so many amazing people and places I don't get to see nearly enough because of the distance between.

If you could only listen to one CD the rest of your life, which one would you pick? Ryan Adams' "Rock N Roll.”

If you could only pick one, love or a successful career, which it be? A successful career. I'm so in love with what I get to wake up and do every day. I couldn't ever give that up. It's what makes my life worth living. - Zink Magazine

"The Talented Jillian Valentine"

It’s very rare that I endorse anything on this site (although I fully intend to someday devote an entire post to my undying love for Popchips and Frank’s Red Hot). In fact, it’s more likely that I’ll “counter-endorse” something. However, I recently stumbled across a musician who’s too good to selfishly keep to myself: Jillian Valentine.

A 20-something based in the New York City area, Jillian is a true musician (she studied at Berklee, plays guitar and piano, and writes her own songs) with a soulful voice and mature lyrics that imply that she’s beyond her 24 years. Seriously, the girl can SING. She’s a little bit funk, a little bit rock, a little bit country, a little bit soul, a little bit girl-and-guitar; think a Ben Harper-Bonnie Raitt-Sheryl Crow-Norah Jones hybrid. But hotter. I think she’s going to be huge — or she should be, anyway.

Check out her site. I was lucky enough to get an advance copy of her debut album, Rebelle (due out this summer), and my two favorite songs — “Praying for Rain” and “Fall” — aren’t on her webpage, so you’ll just need to buy her cd to hear them. It’s well-worth it. - Shut Up & Let Me Go Run


Debut Album was released September 28, 2010, including:

"It's Your Love" (Voted #1 on OurStage's Pop Channel in April 2009)

"After You" (Voted #1 on OurStage's MTV VMA Best NYC Breakout Artist August 2009)

"Once Again" (Voted #1 on OurStage's Singer-Songwriter channel October 2010)

"How to Believe" (Featured on Delta Airlines Indie Music Channel in 2011)



Sassy, yet soulful; Fresh, yet unforgettable - At just 24, singer-songwriter Jillian Valentine has already become a name familiar to many. Creating catchy pop hooks over a variety of rock, blues, & soul, topped with well-crafted, charmingly honest lyrics, her songs are a breath of fresh air in today’s music scene. As if her songwriting skills weren’t enough, it’s Valentine’s sultry, soulful voice that captivates her audience and keeps them hooked to her unique sound and style.

A graduate of Berklee College of Music (John Mayer, Melissa Etheridge) in Boston, Valentine studied voice, songwriting, guitar, and piano with some of the best musicians in the industry. Musically raised on multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriters like Sheryl Crow and Ryan Adams, she considered it crucial to learn both guitar and piano to aide in the songwriting process, as well as to become a better musician and performer.

Post Berklee and Boston, Valentine lived in New York City, and most recently made the move to Nashville. Her independent debut album, "Rebelle", was digitally released worldwide on September 28, 2010.