Jill Jack to Release 'Sunflower Girl' CD with Royal Oak Show
The Detroit Children’s Touring Choir will join local musician at the Royal Oak Music Theatre on Saturday.
New songs "Ghost," "Breathe" and "Sunflower Girl" have strong lyrics and soul reaching words that are sure to leave listeners with a true sense of who Jack is and where she is going.
The idea for the title track began when Jack's husband, Roger, walked in their Ferndale home one afternoon with a big, “Hey sunflower girl." Jack had an inspiration and began writing down a few lines. During the same conversation he commented, “Honey, you can’t fix crazy." Hours later she had the song ready to go.
Jack's family has been a grounding force in her life. “When it get’s crazy, they reel me back in.” She realized a long time ago that it doesn’t work focusing 100 percent on one thing. “You need love and good communication to keep you grounded,” Jack said. Family does that for her.
This is the first CD Jack has solo produced.
“From beginning to end, I’ve been hands on,” she said. She knew what she wanted and that was that.
Last year, Jack, who has played with music greats such as Bob Seger and Emmylou Harris, wrote and sang “I’m a Believer” for a campaign designed to bring positive awareness to the city of Detroit. The Detroit Children’s Touring Choir will be joining Jack's band for two songs.
Rocking in Royal Oak
Jack’s local fan base has got larger over the years, so she chose the Royal Oak Music Theatre for her CD release party to accommodate the growth.
“I never want to have to turn people away from a show. I’ve seen that happen too many times,” Jack said.
The show kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Saturday with two hours of what Jack calls, “a roller coaster ride of emotions, including a lot of laughter and a few tears.” When people leave the show, Jack wants them remember the experience and feeling behind each song for a long time to come.
Longtime fan Rochelle Clark of Ann Arbor said she can’t wait for the show. “Jill has been an inspiration to me for many years," she said. Clark and her band partner, John Natiw, will be warming up the stage for the show.
Sunflower Girl is Jack’s masterpiece, a culmination of words and music that took more than two years to complete. All pieces on the CD are original works with backup singing from her band, which includes Chris “Junche” Degnore on guitar and vocals, accordion player and vocalist Mark Iannace, piano and organist Bernie Palo, longtime drummer Ron Pangborn and bassist Nolan Mendenhall.
Local artist Liz Larin is assisting the band with lighting and graphics Saturday.