“What instantly apparent is they don’t rely on any single style. Folk, rock, pop & blues all play their part, and Graham’s rich alto voice provides a continuous tread throughout the album’s 14 tracks. She’s certainly unafraid to wear her heart on her sleeve, and it’s this vulnerability and openness, combined with a lyrical lightness of touch that provides much of their appeal. That and some fine chops – the band all provide superb support, propelling the songs along in a most agreeable fashion.
Highlights are plenteous: “Some Days” comes out of the traps slow and purposeful, and when the band kicks in it’s big grins all round, and the more demonstrative may feel the need for an air punch. “You Mean the World to Me” is just a delight, and when Graham’s singing songs for her parents, “Find Me” and “I Wish for You”, she hits emotional highs while cleverly avoiding the mush. They’ve yet to make it to the UK, but on the evidence of their debut recording, I”
"Thanks for sending your song (The Fence) to us! This voice is stunning - very warm and rich in tone with expressive phrasing and delivery - nice vocal performance!"
TAXI The World's Leading Independent A&R Company
“Medication Club - May 29, 2011
We were delighted to have collaborated with Medication Club, an electronica/dance / ambient / trip hop / experimental group from Kristiansund, Norway. The track is titled Imaginary Movie and features Jim on bass with added sonic textures, and Jillian supply haunting vocals.
Medication Club: http://medicationclubmusic.net/
“Your sound is fantastic!”
Wendy Manning, Third Place Books, Events Manager/Buyer
“Just been listening to your music - you have a lovely heartfelt voice with some great guitar melodies. Your music has a timeless feel to it :-) nice work!”
“Laughing Ladies Music Festival
Mercy and Cuteness took their friend Consistency to the Laughing Lady Women's Music Festival.
Mercy and Cuteness's new favorite group is the Jillian Graham band. Jillian has a strong, melodious voice. The energy between her and the bass player, her husband Jim Graham, is fun to watch. Steve Torgerson played the drums well. Jillian's tunes are delicious, and her lyrics are moving. "Out of the Blue" reminds Mercy of Cuteness and Cuteness of Mercy. ("You came out of the blue/into my heart/brought me out of the dark/saw me true/I let go of all my resistance/when I fell into you.")
Cuteness also likes "The Moon" ("Where do dreams go, when all the world is telling you you're crazy."). Also fun is the breakup song "Moving On." Consistency said, "Even though I am hard of hearing, this music comes through."
Mercy Moosemuzzle Seattle Gay News
“We really enjoyed your music and fell in love with your voice. For sure, you have a beautiful voice. Even beneath the words and music, we felt your special message”
“Jillian discusses her music roots and sings on a Pod Cast with Chris Klimecky of Songwriters in Seattle”
“You are exceptional musicians and I think the material is fresh, melodically interesting, and the instrumentation shows a new approach to proven methods. You are delightful!”
“Wow! These are great songs! I have to admit, usually when I listen to a CD or MP3s from a friend (sometimes even a full-time pro musician friend), I'm seriously underwhelmed. Usually, it's at least because of the production and so on, but often it's the tunes too. But I found myself really enjoying these songs - my favorite, for some reason, is "Melt." I love everything about that song, including the guitar sound”
“You are such a gifted songwriter, both instrumentally and linguistically. It was our pleasure to sit and listen to you. I think you really have something to share with the world.”
“We all enjoyed your music very much. Your husband's warm smiles keep us cheerful too. What a powerful voice! And you are so charming. We all like to your new music too. One of my friends, who lives in Osaka, Japan, likes to listen too, so I will send your CD to her”
“Jill, you've probably been told this a bunch of times now, but you have a real lyrical gift and an uncommonly expressive voice! Your singing style "grabs" the listener and you have many different vocal inflections and ways of phrasing that always seem to fit the lyrics so that it sounds like you're really telling a story. I like the way you don't sing every song the same, or every part of a song. And you have a very soulful voice that you go into some times, like at the end of the first song - that really wowed me.”
“You were FABULOUS last night, Jillian!!! Wow! What a powerful voice; such talent both singing and playing guitar(s)!! You are an INSPIRATION. Keep it up!”
“What beautiful music!!! I am playing them a lot. My neighbor is a guitar player, he wants to listen to it also. Hey, maybe we will have our own Jillian Graham Band party!”
“Thank you for a great show last night. You have a great set of pipes! I think the country song (Before You Go) was my favorite”
“Jillian: You are a wonderful singer and arranger!...Your voice is so beautiful and haunting and I am so impressed and grateful that you've taken the time to help with my poem.”
Judith Aplin- author of poem; "I Missed His Call"
“It was so great to meet you, and you have such a powerful and lovely voice. Nice presentation, tight band and great melodies. I am looking forward to playing more with you.”
“You guys sounded great - I heard a bit of Natalie Merchant in some of your songs”
“I am impressed with your musical talents. Your voice reminds me of Chrissie Hynde and your music is very emotional and sensitive! I cant wait to hear you and your group in person. Always so much more impactive. Everyone enjoyed your set..you raised the bar. The energy in the room went up many notches and was very well received. You guys ROCK!! We just love you both.”
“Hey,lady..!! You made me cry this morning...I listened to your CD on my way to work, I don't know why...I just couldn't stop crying during my driving...maybe that's because of your songs, especially your beautiful voice and the wonderful sound of guitar? They touched my heart so deeply ..thanks for your CD- you're so sweet...!! Good luck to you & your day”
Myunghee Park Seoul, Korea
“I got the opportunity to hear Jillian play at Laughing Ladies. Wow can she sell a song. She's both musical and convincing as an artist while singing her songs. Jillian is very professional. I'm looking forward to hearing her perform again.”
Jill Kremer http://jillkremer.com/discography.php
“Jillian, I gotta tell you, your voice is superb, velvety and rich.”