Jillian Aversa is an award-winning, classically trained vocalist and songwriter whose shimmering voice has appeared in a medley of musical projects - from hit dance singles, video games, and film, to her own widely-acclaimed original albums. She enjoys working with composers, producers, and musicians from every corner of the industry, and this enthusiasm has led to many rewarding ventures.
Jillian began singing in her family’s home studio at the ripe age of six. Her first "hit single" - a cheery song about saving the rainforest - went on to play in the Omni IMAX theater of Boston's Museum of Science, accompanying a nature film. Unconventional as it was, her love of music was sparked, and she soon committed her life to the field. Developing herself first as a vocalist and performer, Jillian graduated with honors from Peabody Conservatory of Music, winning the George Castelle Memorial Award in voice... But a wandering eye led her to the arena of computer music, and she soon began to supplement her vocal studies with compositional ones.
Jillian's original music is being broadcast to more than 8 million listeners worldwide, spanning over 70 stations including XM and Sirius satellite radio - a number that is rapidly growing. With her debut albums Origins and Through Sand and Snow, Jillian responds to the lack of lyric-centric works in contemporary New Age/World music. Allowing her powerful voice to soar through beds of exotic instrumentation, both albums rely upon her instrument and lyrics not only as the definitive lead, but also as an amalgam of other backing textures, enveloping the listener in her warm sound.
Origins debuted at #8 on the New Age radio charts for two consecutive months, and has since accumulated numerous awards including the #1 New Age Album of 2008 on NewAgeMusic.nu and 2nd Place for "Best New Age Album" in the 2008-2009 JPF Awards. On OurStage.com, Jillian's song "Hajime" triumphed over twenty thousand other submissions to win the $5,000 Grand Prize, and other tracks from Origins have earned her the New Age/World Prize thrice over. Additional honors include 3rd Place in the Indie International Songwriting Contest, Mystic Soundscapes Best of 2007 and 2008 awards, and an honorable mention in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest - while Jillian herself was named “Best Futuristic New Age Singer” on iNewAge.com, a reviewer dubbing her “better than Enya.”
A fan of video game music since the NES days, Jillian jump-started her collaborative recording career by creating and performing arrangements of over a dozen classic video game themes on OverClocked ReMix - where she met her now husband, Andrew Aversa aka zircon! This hobby paved the way for professional credits in games such as Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword (Take Two - PC), Test Drive Unlimited 2 (Atari - Playstation 3, Xbox 360, PC) and Pump It Up Pro 2 (Fun in Motion - Arcade), as well as popular arrange albums like Voices of the Lifestream (Final Fantasy VII).
Another avenue of Jillian's recording success has been writing and performing for commercial projects, ranging from ad demos to goth rock albums, and most notably electronic dance music. Her featured performances on the trance songs "Breathing You In" and "Antigravity", co-written with zircon, bolstered the tracks to #1 in their respective categories at JunoDownload, OurStage, and Garageband.com, while "Just Hold On" is currently being heard by over 500,000 users as the official demo song for FL Studio 9, a popular Digital Audio Workstation and sequencer.
As Jillian looks ahead in her career, she hopes to contribute to the emotional experience of as many unique projects as possible, while further exploring the evolution of her own original music. With endless imagination and a passionate voice, Jillian Aversa is steadily becoming both a critical and popular favorite – and redefining what we think of New Age/World music along the way.
(Origins and Through Sand and Snow are available through JillianAversa.com, as well as CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon, and other major distributors.)
I first heard "Hajime" and 2 other songs of Jillian's new album, "Origins", on the radio, and got "Origins" through Jillian's website (jilliangoldin.com). She's been compared to Enya and Loreena Mckennitt, but I'd say that musically, she picks up where they left off. Goldin's voice is hauntingly beautiful, and deserves comparison with these older, established artists. But musically, wow!! -- Her tunes and arrangements are far more original and unique. Enya and Mckennitt record songs that are clearly and directly influenced by the Celtic music tradition, but Jillian's music is coming from some other place: everywhere?--some sort of spiritual energy field? Listening to it takes me there, wherever it is. If you like her song "Hajime", get the CD, you won't be sorry!
review written by: Music Muse
Just wanted to tell ya what a great song you entered. Very well done the harmonies are killer
very good and clean job on the production .I think you have a good shot at winning the World genre. Best of luck Bill Wren
review written by: Bill Wren / Frank Ralls