2019 INDUCTEES >> JILL MILLER
Category: Women Who Rock
Jill Miller began singing with her sisters when she was in kindergarten. They were known as the Miller Sisters, and they sang at churches, nursing homes, pancake breakfasts, and were on the Jayce Copple Variety Show. Jill attended East High School where she was active in choir, swing choir, trio, and band. During high school, she taught herself how to play guitar and started writing songs.
She performed her first original song her junior year and was the lead in the school musical her senior year. Jill also joined her first band during high school, teaching herself how to play bass for a country group. They played at Grandpa’s, Bob’s Lighthouse, and the American Legion almost every weekend.
After high school, Jill continued to write songs and began working with another local musician and songwriter, Merle Pithan. Merle had a recording studio in his basement, and together they recorded some of her originals, some of his, and songs they had written as a team.
Jill also started playing in a band from her church called Celebrate, which she remained with for 25 years. They performed at their church and events all around the area, including church camps, fundraising events, statewide conventions, and numerous other church activities. Jill was also apart of a couple of rock bands including Jitterbug Jimmy and Mud Flap & the Baby Moons. Additionally, Jill has been singing at weddings and funerals since she graduated from high school, something that she still does.
In 2003, Jill went to Nashville and recorded her first album of 13 original songs at County Q. In 2005, Jill decided to pursue music full-time and began going to Nashville to attend songwriting and performance camps. Between 2007 and 2008, Jill formed the group Girlfriend with Colene Walters and Barb Johnson. Jill also toured with a trio called Lipstick and Laughs between 2009 and 2012. The group wrote songs together, recorded an EP, and performed shows in Boston, Iowa, Nebraska, and California. Additionally, Jill has played numerous solo gigs over the years.
Since making music her full-time career, Jill has recorded six albums in Nashville. She has collaborated with Denny Hemingson (the steel player for Tim McGraw), Jimmy Nichols, Jimmy and Robert White-Johnson, as well as the drummer for Rascal Flatts and the lead guitar player for Garth Brooks. Jill has also recorded at Starstruck Studios in Nashville.
Jill currently performs with her band for fundraiser Christmas shows for different organizations, including a benefit concert for Sunrise Retirement Community for the last 12 years. Her group has performed at the Sioux Falls Orpheum Theatre, the Johnny Carson Theatre in Norfolk, NE, Dordt College in Sioux Center, the Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge, Wild Rose Casino in Emmetsburg, and the legendary Bluebird Café in Nashville. Additionally, Jill and her band perform at churches all over the area, fundraising events, and Artsplash.
Jill currently speaks and sings all across the nation and averages 60 to 80 dates per year.