From: NJ, United States
Genre: Alternative/Alt. Rock, Singer/Songwriter, Rock
Jill Cagney does not bend the truth to be nice, get along with people or fit into society. In her music she writes about the things most of us would not say out loud; then she sings them in public. With songs about friends who always ask but never take advice, Facebook addiction, wanting to curse someone out, forgiveness, the sweetness of falling in love and the pain of losing a cell phone, Jill’s music speaks to our everyday struggles, draws us in and makes us say “me too!”
Jill is based in New Jersey and credits growing up in the New York/New Jersey area with giving her what she calls her“lovingly sarcastic” view of the world. She began writing songs as a little girl; performing them for any audience she could find. She taught herself to play guitar as a young teen, sang in choirs all though her school years, and plays many different instruments including fife, French horn and piano. Jill majored in acting in undergraduate school and went on to get a masters degree in social work from NYU. Her live performances showcase her background. Jill tells the stories behind her songs as she goes; and ropes us in. The combination of her musicianship, stage presence and fascination with human nature set her apart. She is not afraid to poke fun at anything, including herself. Jill credits her influences as Tori Amos, The Pretenders, Liz Phair, U2 and Joni Mitchell.
Jill released her first CD “Sometimes I Tell The Truth” produced by Jason Rubal (Dresden Dolls) in 2009. “Jill Cagney’s music has a feeling of edgy authenticity that could not and should not be overlooked”(Aldon Hynes, Orient Lodge Music Review 5/2010). Jill played throughout the NY/NJ/PA area, in support of her CD, as well as touring in Toronto and Tennessee. She returned to Seventh Wave Studio with Jason Rubal in the summer of 2010, and came out with her new CD “It’s All In How You See Things”to be released on 4/30/2011. Jill is currently planning her northeast tour for the CD. She never stops songwriting, as is working on her next collection of songs.
Jill performed as a part of the WFMU Seven Second Delay during their record breaking 60 artists in 60 minutes show, opened for Pat Dinizio of The Smithereens and has showcased at multiple music conferences and festivals.