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Singer-Songwriter and Rising Pop Starlet

Four months after posting her first song onto Soundcloud, 25-year-old Jillian Banks is being touted as a magnetic writer with songs to obsess over. Her rhapsodic voice possesses a frail vulnerability and recalls singers like Feist and Erykah Badu.

Although her disregard for Twitter updates and lack of commonplace promotion have saddled her with the "mysterious chanteuse" descriptor, the blogosphere is starting to listen. "Before I Ever Met You" has garnered 218,000 plays on Soundcloud after being released at the top of 2013, and the video for her newest original track, "Warm Water," has scooped up 189,000 YouTube views in less than a month.

Jillian Banks began writing music at 15 years old, after a friend gave her a toy keyboard while she was "going through a tough time" with her family. When she was feeling helpless, songwriting tapped into something empowering.

Years past, and the singer kept the hobby close to the vest as a therapeutic outlet instead of a means to stardom. After posting "Before I Ever Met You" online and watching it quickly receive 50,000 plays; However, her outlook started to change. "Work," a collaboration with Lil Silva, was played on BBC Radio 1, and her new label, the London-based Good Years, released "Before I Ever Met You" as an official debut single in February (Banks is signed to Harvest Records in the U.S.).

Since then, new songs like "Fall Over" and "Warm Water" have showcased the stellar song craft that Banks had kept in the shadows for so long. The latter track was produced by Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, whom she met in Los Angeles at a meet-up arranged by their managers, and was given a stark, black-and-white music video shot by Dylan Knight.


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