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There's no shortage of firepower backing up twentysomething NYC-based singer/songwriter Jillette Johnson for her debut album, Water in a Whale. The piano-playing vocalist teamed with producers Peter Zizzo (Celine Dion, Vanessa Carlton) and Michael Mangini (David Byrne, Joss Stone) for a tight sound that gives both a gloss and a punch to her diary-like compositions. Case in point is the album's first single, "Cameron." Here it's presented in both a "stripped" piano-and-voices version and an all-hands-on-deck performance; it tells the story of a transgendered person seeking to better understand identity and could be applied to all who don't feel at peace with themselves. Many songs concern love and the challenges that come with its struggles. "Pauvre Coeur" (Poor Heart) has a stunning vocal performance. Despite its buttoned-up approach with piano and strings, "Basset Hound" reveals true desperation and obsession in its lyrics. "Peter Pan" suggests Johnson has a silly side lurking under her professional surface.

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Are you kidding me?!? I've been waiting for this day for years ever since I discovered Jillette Johnson playing on the grand piano at The Bitter End. She has a voice that gives me goosebumps every single time I hear it. Thank you Jillette for singing to my soul. BUY THIS CD

Awesome CD and person

I met Jillette Johnson several times when she opened for Kris Allen earlier in 2013. She and Kris were so funny together and they sang Loves Me Not, a duet from his album, Thank You Camellia. During the shows, Jillette sang a lot of songs from her new album and i purchased her EP "Whiskey and Frosting" at that time. I was so impressed with her live performances and her EP that I couldn't wait for this album to be released. I am excited to say that it was totally worth the wait. I am so glad that Kris introduced Jillette to us.

new singer songwriter

loving the debut album from Jillette Johnson!


Born: 1990 in California

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '10s

Pianist and singer/songwriter Jillette Johnson makes melodic, ruminative contemporary pop music largely centered around her resonant vocals and classically influenced piano parts. Born in California, Johnson grew up in Pound Ridge, New York. She began playing piano when she was a child and by age 12 was already performing her own songs in clubs around New York City. She released her debut...
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