Jillette Johnson

Jillette Johnson releasing new album ‘Water in a Whale’

Jillette Johnson will be releasing her new album 'Water in a Whale' on June 25th. It's going to be perfect for the summertime!

WATER IN A WHALE OUT June 25, 2013;

POWERFUL SINGLE “CAMERON” EXPLORES THE STRUGGLE OF BEING TRANSGENDER

TEAMING UP WITH PLEDGEMUSIC TO DONATE TO HEY U.G.L.Y

 ON TOUR WITH KRIS ALLEN NOW

NEW YORK, NY (April 16, 2013) – 23 year-old New York City singer/songwriter Jillette Johnson will release her Wind-up Records debut album, Water In a Whale (track listing below), on June 25, 2013.  Written by Jillette Johnson and produced by Peter Zizzo (Celine Dion, Avril Lavigne, Vanessa Carlton) and Michael Mangini (David Byrne, Joss Stone), Water In A Whale is the follow up to her 2012 critically acclaimed EP, Whiskey & Frosting, which is available now.

Johnson garnered numerous accolades for  Whisky & Frosting with her depth and maturity in her songwriting, her soaring vocals and lyrics that prove to be everything from controversial to comforting to spiritually arousing.  CMJ called it, “…one of those rare debuts where you experience a young songwriter with a highly mature sense of artistic self…It’s an emotional five-song collection of stately pop from an unflinchingly honest artist” while Baeblemusic proclaimed, “…it really takes something special to get our attention in this over saturated scene. Jillette Johnson is one of those remarkable talents who rose above to create one of the most exciting piano-driven EPs in recent memory…Her genuine voice and expressiveness is only exceeded by her ability to craft magnificent songs.”

As a teen, Johnson left her small town of Pound Ridge, New York, population 4,000 to move to NYC’s vibrantly creative LES neighborhood. In the years that followed, Johnson auditioned for and ultimately turned down a slot on The Voice to focus on songwriting then sign with Wind-up Records.  All of Johnson’s songs tell a compelling story that draws the listener in.  From her first single, the bravely vulnerable “Cameron,” a song which ultimately got her signed to Wind-up, Johnson explores the struggle of being transgender and gives an inspiring voice about staying true to your authentic self to “Pauvre Coeur” (poor heart), a confessional song about love gone wrong that Paste Magazine calls “…melancholic sound from the piano and the true angst in Johnson’s voice make this a beautifully depressing song and video” and Nylon Magazine exclaims, “Her VOICE. Jillette can sing and she’s not afraid to let everyone know about it. She rips through this song like a rock opera. It’s a little La Boheme meets Carol King in her prime,” Johnson is an artist that will draw you in with each story she tells.

Wind-up Records and Jillette Johnson have teamed up with PledgeMusic to offer a unique pre-order campaign.  Fans can pledge for any of the exclusive items and experiences listed on Johnson’s PledgeMusic page including a private house show, a day in the studio with Johnson and even a personal song written just for them along with much more. Those who do so will also hear streams of new songs, see videos and pictures of Johnson on tour, receive a digital download of Water In a Whale and more.  Johnson will donate a portion of the pledged proceeds to Hey U.G.L.Y. - Unique Gifted Lovable You, a bullying prevention nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering youth to be their true selves and part of the solution to bullying.  Utilizing peer-to-peer learning, world class speakers and the Choose To Change radio show, Hey U.G.L.Y. helps schools and youth-serving organizations co-create an environment of respect, acceptance and inclusion.

Johnson will be on tour with Kris Allen through May.

Water In a Whale Track Listing (With B-Sides):

1. Torpedo

2. Cameron

3. Flood The Ocean

4. When The Ship Goes Down

5. Last Bus Out

6. Pauvre Coeur

7. Peter Pan

8. Basset Hound

9. Butterfly Catcher

10. Heathen

11. True North

12. Cameron (Stripped)

13. 17 (B-Side)

14. Box of Crayons (B-Side)

 

For tour dates check out www.jillettejohnson.com 

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Jillette Johnson on TakePart TV

Just when you thought you couldn't love Jillette Johnson any more than you already do, she gives you another reason to. Our girl performed her song 'Cameron' for TakePart TV and addressed the issue of bullying and how music can empower people to do the right thing.

Check out her performance here...

 

...and be sure to catch her interview here:

 

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FREE limited-edition SXSW Defunct Tees @ Wind-up’s 15th Anniversary Party

Tacos. Music. Food Trucks. Drinks. Bevo. What else could you want? Get a limited-edition event t-shirt from Defunct Tees  for FREE at our 15th Anniversary Party! But alas, they're first come first serve, so make sure to show up early to get yours!

Thursday March 14th from 1-6pm at Empire Control Room (606 East 7th St.)

1:15 - Jillette Johnson
2:00 - Aranda
2:45 - Crobot
3:30 - Young Guns
4:15 - The Virginmarys
5:00 - Civil Twilight

RSVP at http://www.winduprecords.com/sxsw

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Wind-up Records SXSW 2013 Showcase

It's our 15th Anniversary and we've decided to celebrate it with the best showcase SXSW has ever seen! Five of our bands will be joining us for one hell of a party and you can join for free with an RSVP!

Get a free Russian Standard Vodka drink when you 'login live' with the Decksi app or when you 'check in' with the Applauze app! Show your check-in to the bartender and enjoy! We also have free Defunct t-shirts and free DEOS headphones! First come, first serve, so get there early and stay late. Want even more free stuff? 'Login live' with the Decski app and get 350 bonus credits to unlock rare band footage from SXSW!

Can't make the party? Our artists are playing all week long!

Aranda

  • Thursday (3/14), 2:00 pm @ Empire Control Room (Wind-up Records Party)

Civil Twilight

  • Wednesday (3/13), 12 am @ The Hangar Lounge (Sony City Showcase)
  • Thursday (3/14), 5:00 pm @ Empire Control Room (Wind-up Records Party)
  • Friday (3/15), 6:05 pm @ Whole Foods (Quantum Collective Whole Foods Showcase)
  • Saturday (3/16), 3:30 pm @  Peckerheads (Baeble Music Presents: The Launch Pad)
  • Saturday (3/16), 6:00 pm @ Waterloo Records
  • Saturday (3/16), 1:00 am @ Antones (Flemming Artists Showcase)

Jillette Johnson

  • Wednesday (3/13), 2:00 pm @ The Hangar Lounge (Sony City Showcase)
  • Wednesday (3/13), 3:00 pm @ The Blackberry House / 82 Rainey Street
  • Thursday (3/14), 1:15 pm @ Empire Control Room (Wind-up Records Party)
  • Saturday (3/16), 7:00 pm @ Antones (Flemming Artists Showcase)

The Virginmarys 

  • Wednesday (3/13), 11:00 pm @ The Hangar Lounge (Sony City Showcase)
  • Wednesday (3/13), 2:00 pm @ The Blackberry House / 82 Rainey Street
  • Thursday (3/14), 4:15 pm @ Empire Control Room (Wind-up Records Party)
  • Thursday (3/14), 6:30 pm @ The Hangar Lounge (Sony City Showcase)
  • Friday (3/15), 12:30 pm @ HGTV and Paste Present the Stages on Sixth / 508 East 6th St
  • Friday (3/15), 8:00 pm @ The 512 (Official SXSW Showcase)

Young Guns

  • Thursday (3/14), 3:30 pm @ Empire Control Room (Wind-up Records Party)
  • Friday (3/15), 10:15 pm @ Dirty Dog Bar (Raw Power Management Showcase)
  • Saturday (3/16), 4:40 pm @ Red 7 (AP Presents "100 Bands You Need to Know" Showcase) 
  • Saturday (3/16), 9:00 pm @ Six Lounge (Sony City Showcase)