A Radio Station recently called a concert with Jill Cohn "an evening of Folk Americana Bliss". Her Soul-Stirring Voice in combination with lush arrangements of toe tapping road stories had the Los Feliz Journal (Los Angeles, CA) naming her "Beautiful I Love You" album a top 10 indie pick of the year.
2016 finds Miss Cohn in the middle of a break out year as she continues touring in support of her new single, "Honey Dear" which has been charting for 31 weeks on Americana Radio. The single is from her new CD entitled "Heartstrings Touching Ground" which is receiving accolades from radio and press nation wide, with some stating that this album may be "Cohn's most important release to date".
"Heartstrings Touching Ground" was produced and recorded by Grammy Award Winning Producer Malcolm Burn who has credits with Bob Dylan, Daniel Lanois and is best known for his production on "Red Dirt Girl", by EmmyLou Harris.
After receiving a live version of Jill's song, "Yellow Rose" which is about the struggles of the common man against corporate America, Burns invited the Seattle Songstress to record with him in his studio in upstate New York late last year. This collaboration has resulted in a stunning new collection of deeply personal songs with a universal message of hope.
Burns created a one of a kind musical soundscape for these songs and while he is credited for backing vocals, guitars, piano, bass, the way his sonic layers embrace the masterful drumming of Manuel Quintana and Cohn's emotive vocals, can only be summed up as, "Art - Produced by Malcolm Burn".
While on tour in support of her 2012 Self-produced release,"Beautiful I Love You", the Song, "Yellow Rose" came to Cohn after a chance meeting with a family at a truck stop. "They were migrating to the West Coast in search of work", says Cohn, "and their story became one that I had to tell as there are so many people like them, who simply haven't 'recovered' their lives since the downturn in 2008". Deeply touched by the response from audiences who heard the "Yellow Rose" song live, and consequently shared their own stories with Cohn, the songstress realized that she herself should step out of her own economic insecurities and reach a little further by seeking the right setting for the song to be recorded. Through Cohn's earlier work with Engineer-Producer, Jim Watts (Window To the Wise 2000, Traveling Companion 2005, Mexico City 2008, Beautiful I Love you 2012), a connection was made with Burns and the song was sent out for the possibility of a collaboration.
The "Heartstrings Touching Ground" album is diverse in subject and music, and while it observes some social issues like economic inequality and immigration, there is a light hearted love story to the album with songs like "Honey Dear" and "Missouri" that have inspired many folks to get up and dance at Jill's live shows. Even with all of Heartstrings' layers and lyrics, Cohn's soothing voice leads the way through the song cycle that leaves the listener with a sense of hope that even in the worst of times there is music and light that penetrates all dark corners.
Cohn's songs pay homage to artists like Joni Mitchell, Sarah McLachlan and the Counting Crows, with tunes ranging from personal reflections to musical contemplations of social issues, love and spirituality. Raised in a small town in Eastern Washington, Cohn started singing before she started talking, and music has always been an integral part of her journey. A full-time musician since 1999, Cohn has released many critically-acclaimed independent releases, has gained notoriety with her songs placed in popular TV shows and continues making her live shows the centerpiece of her musical endeavors. In addition to being an endorsee of Taylor Guitars and Elixir Strings since 2001, she was a top five finalist in the Lilith Fair Talent Search, Jewel's Soul City Cafe and has shared the stage with many artists including: Jewel, Dave Matthews, Cheryl Wheeler, and most recently at two Sold out Concerts in California opening for the "Godfather of Americana Music"- David Bromberg. In 2016 Miss Cohn was a featured guest artist on Dakota Midday, Nebraska Public Radio and South Dakota Public Radio's live concert broadcast, "No Cover".