Fast forward to 2016: Hailing from Nashville, TN, she is working hard at her music career and has just released her new EP Free, which is a long ways from her grandfather’s lap and the bluegrass days of Pennsylvania. Produced by top session drummer (and member of Toto) Shannon Forrest, the title track starts out with a gentle guitar prelude and the lead vocal following shortly thereafter. Quality production and songwriting makes this song easy to listen to over and over again.
Jillian has a unique sound and I enjoy her voice, but I wish she would belt it every once in a while or show a little more range in this song. Mixed a bit low for my taste, her initial delivery of the vocal is satisfying as it fits in perfectly with the music. In my humble opinion the song would benefit greatly with a little more variety in the melody. The harmonies sound great behind the lead, but I would love to hear some more upper register here and there. I do love how she sings the word “Free-ee-ee”, similar to Alanis Morrisette or Dolores O’Riordan, and ready for pop radio and road trips!
Jillian Kohr is a talent that is not stopping anytime soon, and if I were you I would keep your eye out for her in the near future. Request her music on any Billboard-reporting Pop and Adult Contemporary stations in your area and SUPPORT INDIE MUSIC!