When your father is Vince Gill and your mother is Janis Oliver of the Sweethearts of the Rodeo, music is bound to run in your blood. Jenny Gill proves that she got the musical gene from her parents with the release of her new EP, The House Sessions.
“Every song on this project takes me to somewhere in my past,” Jenny says in a statement. “My favorite songs to write are those that reflect personal experiences, instead of just telling a story.”
Jenny—who has been honing her chops as a backup singer for her stepmom, Amy Grant, for the last six years—wrote or co-wrote five of the six songs on the autobiographical EP, which is slated for release on Feb. 17.
With Vince Gill producing the album, there was no doubt that it would contain some of Nashville’s top musicians, including Sheryl Crow, Jon Randall, Willie Weeks and Jack Pearson.
“People have a preconceived perception of me because of my name, that I am country or that my talent should be at a certain place because of my parents’ accomplishments,” she says. “It’s hard to get people to notice you on your own and not for being a plus-one. So that is what The House Sessions is attempting to do. I am done waiting in the wings wondering what could happen. I’m ready to try and build something all on my own.”
Check out Jenny’s video for “Lonely Lost Me.”