Opening for country music icon Willie Nelson, Dierks Bentley, Lee Brice, Scotty McCreery, Danielle Bradbery and for legendary country band Alabama in New York and Connecticut, as well as headlining her sold-out show at The Blue Ocean Music Hall are some of the highlights of the past few months for Jillian Cardarelli.
The sweet sounds of country music are what twenty-one year old Massachusetts native, country music singer/songwriter Jillian Cardarelli grew up on. One may wonder how a girl from the suburbs of Boston would develop such a passion for country music. The answer is her grandfather. Cardarelli’s grandfather was stationed in Georgia during World War II where he fell in love with the heartfelt words and melodies of country music, and brought that love for country back home. At a young age Jillian fell in love with country music herself, from hearing George Strait, Elvis Presley, Merle Haggard and Patsy Cline playing from her grandfather’s living room stereo.
Jillian started singing in her church cherub choir at the age of four, and it didn’t take her long to know she wanted to be on stage for the rest of her life. “On stage is where I feel the most comfortable and most at home.” says Cardarelli.
Now based in Nashville, Jillian balances her studies at Belmont University with songwriting, performing and recording her new material, with a new EP scheduled for recording later this year. “Just Me and You”, her EP released in November of 2012, features five new original songs.
Jillian is a member of the New England Country Music Organization, and is the 2012/13 winner of Female Entertainer and Vocalist of the Year. Jillian's sound can be described as a breath of "fresh air country." She has performed at many different venues from county fairs to Fenway Park. Over the past few years Jillian has been regularly singing the National Anthem for the Boston Bruins, the Boston Celtics, Boston Blades, and the Baltimore Orioles. Her anthem list now includes the Nashville Predators and the Vanderbilt basketball team.
“My goal is to write and sing songs that touch people. Music is a universal language with which we can all connect, and that to me is a beautiful thing.”