Gill takes it to the "House"
Friday, December 16, 2016
– Like father, like daughter.
And that means that Jenny Gill, who her father has collaborated with and written about ("Jenny Dreamed of Trains"), will release her debut EP in February.
"The House Sessions" will be out Feb. 17. The autobiographical collection of songs - Gill had a hand in writing five of the six - blends blues, Americana and country. "Every song on this project takes me to somewhere in my past," she said. "My favorite songs to write are those that reflect personal experiences instead of just telling a story."
Gill's mother is Sweethearts of the Rodeo's Janis Oliver. Her step-mother is Christian and pop superstar Amy Grant, with whom she has toured as a backup singer for the last six years.
"People have a preconceived perception of me because of my name, that I am country or that my talent should be at a certain place because of my parents' accomplishments," she said. "It's hard to get people to notice you on your own and not for being a plus-one. So that is what 'The House Sessions' is attempting to do. I am done waiting in the wings wondering what could happen. I'm ready to try and build something all on my own."
Sheryl Crow, Willie Weeks, Jack Pearson and Jon Randall help out on the disc.
Gill is now performing in "Christmas At The Ryman" with her father and Amy Grant. She will resume touring with Grant in 2017.
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