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A conversation with Michigan performer Jill Jack

Ara Howrani

Jill Jack has been making albums for more than two decades. This year she was named "Americana Songwriter of the Year" at the Detroit Music Awards.

She will be performing at the Ark in Ann Arbor as part of the venue's 50th anniversary Made in Michigan showcase happening on Saturday, July 25.  

Jack talks with Stateside's Mercedes Mejia about her first gig at The Ark, about her latest music and how giving up playing at bars actually helped her career.

Her newest song is Crooked Crown Jack says, “It’s like you truly leave the planet when you write a good song. When you write a bad song you’re still here (laughs) – you know.”

She wrote the song after failing to get funding for a project. “It’s hard to write when I’m happy, I need to be sad.” The song may or may not be biographical but Jack says it’s meant to celebrate the misfit in us all.

Jack began her career as background singer in the mid-90's. Since then she has released 10 albums. 

Her latest album is a compilation of lullabies titled Moon be Thine: Lullabies for the Child Within All of Us.

For more information about shows and to hear more music visit Jill Jack's website

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