New York City singer/songwriter Jillette Johnson released her gorgeous Wind-up Records debut album, Water in a Whale, on June 25, 2013. It debuted on several charts including: #12 on the iTunes Pop Chart, #13 on both the Billboard Heatseekers and New Artist Charts and #28 on the Pop Chart.
Written by Jillette Johnson and produced by Peter Zizzo (Celine Dion, Avril Lavigne, Vanessa Carlton) and Michael Mangini (David Byrne, Joss Stone), Water in a Whale is the follow up to her 2012 critically acclaimed EP, Whiskey & Frosting.
VEVO premiered the video for single “Cameron” on their homepage carousel on July 1st. The bravely vulnerable “Cameron” explores the struggle of a young transgender boy and gives an inspirational voice about staying true to your authentic self. Creative Allies is hosting a contest to design unique and original cover art for the vinyl inspired by the lyrics and music video for “Cameron.” One winner will receive $500 and their cover art featured on a limited edition 7 inch vinyl. The deadline for submissions is August 5th.
All of Johnson’s songs tell a compelling story that draws the listener in. Her depth and maturity in her songwriting, her soaring vocals and lyrics that prove to be everything from controversial to comforting to spiritually arousing has garnered praise from Cosmopolitan Magazine who said Jillette is their “…latest obsession…,” Baeble Music says “With a voice like Adele and a songwriting style akin to Fiona Apple, it’s easy to see why Jillette Johnson has so many people excited” and Hello Giggles, the website founded by actress/musician Zooey Deschanel, boasts “I guarantee most of your friends haven’t heard her music, so this will be your chance to be totally hipster and know her before she was ‘mainstream.’ And trust! She will be on every radio station soon.” The accolades continue with Nylon Magazine exclaiming, “Her VOICE. Jillette can sing and she’s not afraid to let everyone know about it” and The Daily Front Row gushing that “…she’s the best of what Fiona Apple, Tori Amos, and Adele have to offer. Melancholy and powerful, poetic and whimsical, her voice is a powerhouse.” ”
Jillette Johnson recently played Bonnaroo and Firefly. She will be touring throughout the United States for the rest of the year, making a stop to play Joe’s Pub in NYC on July 16th and then co-headlining a tour with the band Satellite. More dates will be added soon.
7/16/13 Joe’s Pub New York, NY
8/8/13 Pianos New York, NY
8/9/13 Mercury Lounge New York, NY
8/13/13 Great Scott Allston, MA Co-Headline w/Satellite
8/14/13 Tin Angel Philadelphia, PA Co-Headline w/Satellite
8/18/13 Jammin’ Java Vienna, VA Co-Headline w/Satellite
8/20/13 The Basement at Promowest Columbus, OH Co-Headline w/Satellite
8/21/13 Hard Rock Café Pittsburgh, PA Co-Headline w/Satellite
8/22/13 The Pike Room at Crofoot Pontiac, MI Co-Headline w/Satellite
8/23/13 Fountain Square Cincinnati, OH w/Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors
8/24/13 The Rathskellar Indianapolis, IN
8/26/13 Schubas Chicago, IL Co-Headline w/Satellite
8/27/13 Cedar Cultural Center Minneapolis, MN Co-Headline w/Satellite
8/28/13 Vaudeville Mews Des Moines, IA Co-Headline w/Satellite
8/29/13 Firebird St. Louis, MO Co-Headline w/Satellite
8/30/13 High Watt Nashville, TN Co-Headline w/Satellite