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Jill King

How would you describe your music?

"My music fits in with several genres. I made a couple traditional country albums, but closest to my heart, what I write most consistently, and what I am recording these days, is a blend. Folk Rock/Americana/AAA.

My music revolves more around topics that are important to me, and in reaching out to others through music. Music has always made me feel less alone, more connected to the world. That is what I want my music to do for others."

What is your role in your band? In the studio? In business or marketing decisions?

"On stage I sing and do the acoustic guitar parts. In the studio I am producer or co-producer.

I make all the final decisions on business and marketing, but have a great team of people who are constantly giving their input and advice."

Describe your gear.

"Primary acoustic - Gretsch Historic Series G3700 - spruce top, mahogany sides and back, with pick-up

Taylor 512 - spruce top, mahogany back, rosewood neck, with pick-up

Hand-made acoustic, out of old Martin wood, made by an old Martin guitar-maker. Sounds like a cannon. Spruce, rosewood, with no pick-up


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Do you think being a woman and a musician is different from being a man and a musician? If so, how? Was there a moment that made a difference clear to you?

"I think there are some differences.

There are challenges for women musicians performing on stage that have to do with being seen as more than just a pretty face, as a great musician or a great vocalist more than just a ""chick who plays guitar"" or a ""chick singer.""

From my experiences, challenges for women musicians within the band have to do with perceptions - in proving yourself to be a team player, a legitimate contributor, and in gaining the respect of your band members. Do you contribute creatively, do you help solve problems, do you help the band set up and break down? "

Do you see differences between generations of women musicians?

"As women in general, it seems we face the same personal challenges. It seems more that what has changed is how society views women. More is accepted, and more is expected. I think earlier generations of women have made it easier on women today, by breaking down stereotypes and breaking through glass ceilings in our society in general.

As a woman musician, there are the same internal struggles and difficult decisions on how best to balance career and family. However, it is more accepted these days when a woman makes a choice to be away for career reasons, and it is more acceptable for women to take on the roles of living independently or of being bread-winners for their families. Now, more than ever before, women can wear many hats, and have it all. These days women are more respected for trying to balance marriage, home, children, artistry, adventure, career, and independence. This is thanks to the generations of women who came before and fought to change how women are viewed in society, to change our rights.

I do think, however, that the same complexities within each woman on how exactly to find her own balance - musician or not - still remain."

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Did anyone ever give you any valuable advice about making your way in the music industry? What advice would you give to a woman musician just starting out?

"1. For any musician male or female: You must have a higher reason and a lasting passion for doing music, one that goes above and beyond basic goal-setting, or you will not last.

2. Try to keep emotions in the music and out of the business and continually keep good lines of communication open with those you're working with. Don't assume people can read your mind, and listen carefully to what others have to say.

3. Good paper makes good business."

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Why did you choose to play the instrument you play?

"I didn't get into the piano lessons as a child, but loved guitar. I learned quickly how to play songs by ear, which made it more fun for me.

Portability is another big plus."

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