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Jill Paquette
     

Jill Paquette

by Jill Paquette
 
Take the sweet vocal stylings of Alison Krauss, add the songwriting prowess of Sarah Groves, and one understands why Jill Paquette's hotly anticipated debut was the talk of the contemporary Christian scene for months before its release. Confirming the buzz is this collection of 11 insightful songs, wrapped in easy-to-wear

Overview

Take the sweet vocal stylings of Alison Krauss, add the songwriting prowess of Sarah Groves, and one understands why Jill Paquette's hotly anticipated debut was the talk of the contemporary Christian scene for months before its release. Confirming the buzz is this collection of 11 insightful songs, wrapped in easy-to-wear melodies and ornamented with sterling musicianship, all written and performed by Paquette (on guitar as well as vocals). Her greatest talent lies in conveying complex emotions with neat hooks, without sounding trite or over-earnest. Lyrically, these songs take the personal approach, addressing the various struggles and joys of the Christian walk. Eschewing pat phrases and glossy platitudes, Paquette prefers a mature, honest approach. "I can't pretend that life is fair everyday or faith comes easy," she sings on "Not the Only One," and it's indicative of the tone throughout. Musically, she's beautifully fluent in a broad range of acoustic styles. There's organic folk ("Katie Lynn" and the lovely instrumental "There to Here"), light rock ("Lift My Eyes," "Forget"), and adult contemporary ("So Close," "Broken"), making this a surprisingly rich collection. Alongside fellow Canadians like Bruce Cockburn and Relient K's Matt Thiessen, Paquette is a shining example of the great Christian songcraft coming from the Great White North.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steven Douglas Losey
This is one amazing debut. The command that Jill Paquette has over these songs is incredible. Her elegance in songwriting and vocal delivery is reminiscent of a mishmash of A-list influences. At times her vocal range is reminiscent of Carole King a la "Come To Me," while other times the songs reverberate with the vibes of Michelle Branch, Jewel, and Jennifer Knapp, as on "Not The Only One." Practically every song on the disc is rich with acoustic guitars. On the cut "One of These Days," acoustics, shakers, and the elegance of harmonics and slide from an electric guitar create a cut with an earthy, graceful flavor. "There To Here" is a musical interlude that is well placed on the disc. The cut features the acoustic guitar of Jill Paquette and lifts the audible senses. There are so many tunes on this release that are completely rich in musical texture. Tunes like "Broken" and "Sometime Yes, Sometimes No" utilize the down-to-earth feel of pianos, shakers, acoustics, and tambourines, to create the feel of an intimate coffee house. What Jill Paquette has created with her debut opus is a disc where she wears her emotions on her sleeve. Musically and vocally the offering is seasoned with a mix of the right ingredients to help this debut resound from one cut to the next.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/19/2003
Label:
Reunion
UPC:
0602341003124
catalogNumber:
10031

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Performance Credits

Jill Paquette   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Vocals
Phil Madeira   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Hammond Organ,chamberlain,fender rhodes,Lap Steel Guitar
David Angell   Violin
John Catchings   Cello
David Davidson   Violin
Steve Hindalong   Percussion
Dennis Holt   Drums
Gordon Kennedy   Electric Guitar
Kris Wilkinson   Viola
Steve Thompson   Keyboards
Matt Brouwer   Background Vocals
Eric Boseman   Percussion
Matthew Christopher Davidson   Keyboards
Mike Hiltz   wah wah guitar,Mando-Guitar
Johnny 5   Drums
Craig Learmont   Organ
Eldon Winter   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Electric Guitar
Matt Pierson   Bass,Fretless Bass Guitar

Technical Credits

Phil Madeira   Producer,Engineer
J.B.   Engineer
David Bach   Executive Producer
Wendy Wills   Composer
Dean Diehl   Executive Producer
Tim Parker   Cover Design
Jill Paquette   Composer
Steve Rendall   Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer
Matthew Christopher Davidson   Arranger,Programming
Craig Learmont   Computer Editing
Stephen J. Randall   Producer
Ron Roark   Graphic Design
Eldon Winter   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Eldon Winter   Engineer

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