Every week, Spotify updates their “New Music Friday” playlist, featuring 50 of the freshest new tracks hitting the service that week.
On the heels of Billboard’s partnership with the streaming giant, we’ll be tapping Spotify’s editors to sift through the soon-to-be-hits and highlight the best of the bunch. Amongst the list of pop stars and seasoned New Music Friday vets, Jillian Jacqueline’s name rises to the top.
Jillian Jacqueline – “Reasons”
While many are fondly referring to emerging country singer Jillian Jacqueline as a representative of the New Nashville, a pioneering title she is owning as her own with each new release, it’d be an injustice to not point out that she has been in it for the long haul. First exploring her interest in the arts at the age of 9, acting on Broadway as part of the Kenny Rogers’ “Christmas From the Heart,” Jacqueline later went on to score her first charting single in 2001, further securing her passion and destiny to pursue a career in music.
Since moving to Nashville in 2010 to pursue music full-time and begin establishing her career as solo artist, Jacqueline has been developing her artistry and perfecting her live show ever since. With the release of her first single of the new year, “Reasons,” picking up where she last left off with her 2016 self-titled EP, as we get to know Jacqueline more through her music, it’s undeniable she is not only a singer wise beyond her years, but also is only just getting started. As she consistently raises her own bar higher, with a dedication to only releasing songs of top-tier quality, her ability to balance her blatant honesty with unshakeable optimism — as well as her knack for tackling themes we all can relate to with an utter coolness — is helping separate her from the pack of the next class of country mainstays. Existing happily in lane all her own, drawing inspiration from her classic country roots and today’s pop music landscape alike, Jillian Jacqueline’s new single gives us plenty of reasons why we can’t wait for her to release her long-awaited full-length debut album. Watch this space!