My journey into music has been an unconventional one. I guess I am more familiar (if you remember me!) in Scotland as Jill Robertson, a presenter on STV news bulletins and a roving reporter on the social affairs, health and lifestyle series, ‘Scottish Action.’ However, I decided television news wasn’t for me and left to set up my own media/PR consultancy and pursue music.
I come from a very musical family and grew up surrounded by melodies, harmonies and all sorts of instruments. It was perhaps inevitable that one day I would try and carve out a musical career.
Music is in my DNA. I always dreamt of being a singer it but a traumatic turn of events that led to me having something to say. You can’t be singer/songwriter without a story!
I think my sound mixes genres but I would describe it broadly as ‘soul’ since that’s where it comes from. I am passionate about making live music accessible to those on the margins of society and have a history of playing venues no one else wants to play. I have done gigs in prison, for people who find themselves homeless and those struggling with addictions.
Every Contact Leaves a Trace is my first track in there years and I am so proud of it. I would like to say thanks to my very talented co-writer and producer, Lewis Gardiner. If you don’t have Spotify click here.
About Jill’s gigs in Barlinnie Prison, Glasgow, for which she rehearses with prisoners who join her band:
“Jill has been working with musicians in Barlinnie on a sessional basis to improve their musical skills, develop their performing skills and enhance other factors that will benefit them on release and help them desist from criminal activity. These other factors include self esteem, self awareness, empathy and social interaction. This has been a very positive partnership so far and has been making a real difference.”
Derek McGill, Governor, HM Prison, Barlinnie
About Jill’s gig for recovering drug addicts and alcoholics at Kirkintilloch Recovery Life Cafe:
“Not only was the music fantastic and uplifting, but Jill shared some of her story with the folks there with humour and candour, which struck a number of chords. We are very grateful and would love Jill to perform again in 2014.”
Liz Sneddon, Alcohol & Drug Partnership Coordinator, East Dunbartonshire Council
About Jill’s gig for the homeless at Glasgow City Mission:
“Our guys really enjoyed the evening. Paying to see quality live music is one of a long list of things in life they are excluded from through lack of money, or social stigma. Many commented that they had enjoyed it and Jill’s voice in particular. It was something special and different from the norm for many. We’re not a natural gig venue or have perhaps the correct facilities for musicians; there’s also noise and comings and goings, food being eaten and so on. But none of that matters. What did is that Jill gave up her time and shared her talent with the people we work with – that’s something that doesn’t happen very often.”
Graham Steven, Marketing & Fundraising Manager, Glasgow City Mission
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