Jillian Rae at Anderson Center 25th Anniversary
Jillian Rae is performing with guitarist Eric Martin at 12:30 p.m. on the outdoor stage at the Anderson Center’s 25th Anniversary Party. A multi-talented singer-songwriter and vocalist, Jillian has cultivated a reputation as the go-to violin accompanist for dozens of roots, rock, and Americana bands (including The Okee Dokee Brothers, Corpse Reviver, Adam Levy, and Steve Kaul & the Brass Kings). An Iron Range native based out of Minneapolis, Rae assembled her own band in 2013 that performs a palatable mix of roots, Americana and pop. Expanding on her upbringing as a classical violinist, Rae has become one of the most powerful and unique voices in the Twin Cities music scene.
As engaging as her arrangements can be, the real show stopper of her records or live performances is always her effortlessly powerful voice. When Jillian Rae sings, you believe her. Such is the case on her 2017 EP, Wanderlust. More of a stripped-down country record, Wanderlust showcases Rae’s dynamic and earnest vocal chops. Music journalist Youa Vang called Rae a heavy hitter whose “voice will stay with you long after the show is over.”
Rae’s latest album, I can’t be the one you want me to be, is saturated in heavy grooves, moody arrangements, and unflinching honesty. “It’s the sound I’ve been searching for, for ages,” says Rae, who has stayed true to her genre-less sense of growing and evolving her own sound. And of course her voice – which has never sounded better, more dynamic, or more true than it does on this collection of songs – will continue to stay with you long after the last track is over.
Jillian Rae has spent the better part of the last decade recording and performing music all over the United States. Now that the live performance industry has drastically changed, Rae has been finding new ways to connect and engage with her listeners. Her weekly “Quaranstream” livestream performances were a staple for many, trying to get through the strangeness and isolation of COVID quarantine.
Click here for complete details on the Anderson Center’s 25th Anniversary Party.
This event is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. Special thanks as well to the Anderson Center Board of Directors for all their support.
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