The stunning self-titled debut CD from Pacific Northwest native JILL
JENSON features the work of an artist with far from your usual
Jill's various career stints include disc-jockeying at a high-profile
jazz station, work as a professional jingle singer and voiceover artist,
and senior executive/consultancy positions at AT&T Wireless and Microsoft.
Certainly not your typical artist background, but this jazz/pop CD
is anything but ordinary. Produced by singer/songwriter/producer Tim
(Bob Seger, Robert Palmer, Grand Funk Railroad), and executive produced
by veteran producer Matt Pierson (Bob James, Joshua Redman, Michael
Franks, Willie Nelson, Brad Mehldau), JILL JENSON is a beautiful,
highly sophisticated and personal collection of songs that address
which all of us face in contemporary life including love, loss, hope,
longing and transformation. JILL JENSON is set for release by BaiMai
Records in the beginning of 2006.
Joining Jill on the CD are noted musicians/guitarists Chuck Loeb (Stan
Getz, Gary Burton, Michael Franks, Bob James) and Brian Monroney (Gloria
Luis Enrique, Tom Jones), bassist James Genus ( Anita Baker, Lee
Ritenour, Vanessa Williams, Saturday Night Live), percussionists Bashiri
(Whitney Houston, Luther Vandross, Madonna, Miles Davis, Natalie
Cole ) and Jose Rossy (Weather Report, Talking Heads, Chic, Patti Labelle,
Robert Palmer) and guitarist Bruce Kulick (Kiss, Michael Bolton,
Meat Loaf, Todd Rundgren).
The record also features : Marc Henderson on saxophone and flute,
Dave Quackenbush on trumpet and flugelhorn, guitarists Dustin Hofsess,
and Joe Lindsay, cellist Evan Richey, bassist Tim Smith and pianist
Tillotson. Tim Cashion is featured on background vocals, percussion,
mandolin, piano and drums.
Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, Jill began singing along with
Manhattan Transfer records at the age of ten. She quickly progressed
Ella Fitzgerald, learning to scat, and moved on to absorb the styles
jazz greats such
as Sarah Vaughan, Carmen McRae, Mark Murphy, and Mel Torme,
as well as the contemporary pop/R&B music of Earth, Wind & Fire, Steely Dan,
Stevie Wonder and Tower of Power. After singing professionally in the
Portland area, she attended the University of Miami as a Jazz Vocal
Following college, Jill returned to Portland and, while still singing,
worked as a jazz disc jockey at KMHD radio. This afforded her the luxury
of meeting many of her idols and influences while staying up-to-date
with current musical trends. Eventually, she settled in Seattle, taking
a job outside of music and embarking on a twelve-year career as
a very successful executive in the telecommunications industry. A chance
meeting with college buddy Tim Cashion in 2002 presented an epiphany
for Jill, and she attributes her decision to forego the corporate life
in pursuit of her musical dream in part to their newly-rekindled friendship.
Changing the entire direction of her lifeís path, Jill left her job to pursue
making music as a full-time endeavor. She also dedicated herself to
getting her personal life on a brand-new, revitalized, and healthy track
(losing more than 130 pounds in the process!).
From the moment Jill and Tim first entered the studio, it was obvious
that their collaboration would yield incredible results – a musical
direction combining their strong jazz and pop influences with a lyrical
point of view that
connects directly with the adult listener. Wanting to bridge
the gap between jazz and pop music, their vision was to create a "jazz-inspired"
adult contemporary CD, fusing Jill's musical influences with Tim's
songwriting background. A two-year project in the making, Jill
recorded the CD at
Cashion's Cottage Lake Studio in North Carolina, with some additional
sessions in New York City. When Jill arrived at the sessions,
most of the songs (all but two were written by Cashion) were
new to Jill, which
allowed her to approach the recording with a very fresh and
"Jill has the ability to pull the listener into the song with her
unique tone and vocal range," says Cashion, "For me, as a writer, her
extensive background in Jazz Vocals gave me the freedom to explore
all types of harmonic and melodic
structures that cover a wide range of musical styles – from Smooth
Jazz to AC to R & B to Fusion. Her emotion in terms of interpretation
is truly amazing."
In addition to writing most of the material and producing the entire
recording, Cashion's talents as multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and
considerably to JILL JENSON.
After recording about seventy-five percent of the record, Jill sent
some rough mixes to veteran music producer Matt Pierson, and the rest,
as they say, is history. "I remember hearing Jill back when we both attended the University of Miami. She
was a standout jazz vocalist. I had thought of her often, and assumed that she
must have settled into a successful career as a singer somewhere. It was a terrific
surprise to hear from her, and once I heard the strength and maturity of her
voice and Tim's excellent production and songwriting, I jumped at the chance
to get involved."
JILL JENSON is a person you know; your friend, your sister, your co-worker,
perhaps even yourself, addressing issues that you can genuinely connect
with. It is a
pleasure to introduce you to Jill Jenson. More than just a singer
with a rich and wonderfully compelling voice, Jill's musical message and inspiring life
story set her apart from the pack
was born into a musical family in Charlotte, North Carolina.
His father played guitar
and sang during live radio broadcasts and wrote and recorded
several 78rpm records. His mother
was a full time pianist for the church. Tim is the fourth child
of four, and it was his brother
closest in age, also a guitarist/singer, who really encouraged
him. At age five, he began
At nine he was introduced to the piano, which quickly became
his instrument for writing and
composing. He studied piano through high school and was offered
a scholarship to the University
of Miami School of Music where he graduated with a Bachelor
and Masters of Music degree in
Studio Music and Jazz with Vocal emphasis.
Upon graduating, Tim was offered a job by Emilio Estafan replacing
Jon Secada (then unknown)
as lead/background vocalist, percussionist with Japanese artist
TAKANAKA. Shortly thereafter,
he joined Robert Palmer's European/US Tour as background vocalist.
A year later, good friend
and college alumni, Jon Secada, asked Tim to join him on his
debut World Tour. In 1996 Tim
joined Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band for their US Tour,
and in 1999 he reunited with
Robert Palmer for a performance on the Letterman Show and a
US Tour. Tim appeared on the MTV ICON
show singing backup with Shakira and Steven Tyler.
Tim joined the revamped Grand Funk Railroad in 2000 and has
been touring with them since
then. When not touring, Tim writes for and produces regional
artists, and he has recently
released his first solo CD, "Wake On Up".