Jill Desiree delivers memorable performances with her soulfully sweet and sultry voice. She grooves with her stylish Jazz and Rhythm & Blues chops in most of today’s popular contemporary genres. Born in Sydney Australia, raised in Jakarta Indonesia and educated in Boston Massachusetts, Jill’s vocal style benefits from a wealth of diverse musical influences from the traditional Javanese scale of the gamelan to the melancholic blues of the American South.
Jill’s main interests have always centered at the vanguard of contemporary Jazz and R&B music. Her early musical journey began with an enthusiastic love of singing and performing. Jill’s parents saw to it that their young daughter was exposed to and, subsequently, inspired by such giants of contemporary music as Ella Fitzgerald, Anita O’Day, Donny Hathaway, Stevie Wonder, Bobby McFerrin, Jill Scott, Diana Krall, Aretha Franklin, Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston. Jill maintains the value of such pivotal learning experiences to this day, as she still gleans musical insight from the genius of these early heroes.
At 19 Jill began her course of study at the Berklee College of Music. Her thirst for knowledge drove her to excel in a variety of musical endeavors including the Tower of Power Funk Ensemble, The Commercial Pop/Rock Recording Ensemble, The Berklee International Folk Festival and the Afro Pop Ensemble. The experience of such a stylistically eclectic education is evident in her approach to the musical standards of today. Jill was also a recipient of The Berklee Achievement-based Scholarship at the recommendation of her teachers in recognition of outstanding scholastic achievement in music. Since earning her B.M. from Berklee in 2004, Jill has performed and recorded with many artists and session musicians in Boston, Washington DC, Los Angeles, Sydney and Jakarta. In 2005 she also had the privilege of performing at the Las Vegas Convention Center to present the Privia line of Keyboards for Casio Corporation.
Jill also gained several years experience running her own private vocal studio when she moved back home to Sydney, Australia to work as a session singer in 2006. Jill is now based in Los Angeles CA, where she manages and performs with her band “Soul Seasonings” www.soulseasoningsband.com. She is also currently hard at work as she continues to explore the Jazz idiom and it’s history through her own original compositions.