If Chelsea Cutler and Kacey Musgraves synthesized their music and had a baby, her name would be Jillian Dawn. Make no mistake, however, Jillian has her own unique sound that is both melodic and raw. Her newest album 20/20 is one of the best albums for up and coming artists this year, and here’s why you need to listen.
Jillian wrote and recorded this album while in college, and she invites listeners to join her as she signs about love and heartbreak. Her ability to tell stories in each song is why we love it so much. Each song is a separate piece to the puzzle that discusses emotions in a way we can all relate to.
She starts her album with her masterpiece titled “Zodiac.” Astrology fans gather round as this song delves into the feeling of loving someone despite people saying you shouldn’t. In this song she writes “Flaming water opposite attraction holds on and don’t look back. Don’t you worry about the Zodiac.” Clearly referencing the comparison of your Zodiac sign with that of who you like, Jillian urges listeners to understand that love transcends astrology.
The upbeat track “Liar” is the perfect happy song about a shitty breakup. This is perfect to listen to when you’re over the tears and ready to scream at the top of your lungs about the person who broke your heart.
Jillian discusses the beautiful timeline of childhood love flourishing into adulthood with her next track, “Matty.” Prepare to be hit with all the feels of nostalgia as Dawn proves her mastery over storytelling throughout this song.
Unafraid to shout out how much you love someone? Jillian’s track “Never Have I Ever” needs to be your new anthem. This beautifully written song is perfect for manifesting your love for someone into existence.
Not hooked yet? Jillian Dawn’s next song, “Sober Thoughts” is about a phenomenon we can all relate to: drunk calling the person you like. She writes that “drunk confessions are sober thoughts” clearly referring to the calls we make and regret instantly the morning after. You know you’ve been there.
Jillian’s album also features two songs for those looking to cry their eyes out over a broken heart. “Room You Used to Fill” and title track “20/20” will have you transported directly to your feels.
Our favorite song “Vices” talks about the parts of ourselves that come out when the person we like isn’t giving us enough attention. This song is an artistic masterpiece from start to finish.
The versatility of this album to provide you with the ultimate vibe for a road trip or the perfect soundtrack to your next heartbreak proves why we love it so much. Her voice is both soothing and powerful. At just 21 years old, Jillian demonstrates her authenticity as an artist through her beautiful lyricism and sheer musical genius. This album receives a perfect 10/10 score, and if you haven’t had the chance to listen yet, do it now.
Jillian Dawn proves through this album that she is a force to be reckoned with. She is just getting started and we can only hope there will be so much more to come from her. 20/20 is available on all streaming sites. make sure to follow Beyond The Stage on Twitter and Instagram to keep up with the latest music news.
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