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Daily Inspiration: Meet Jill Govan

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jill Govan. Them and their team share their story with us below:

Born and raised in Motown Detroit, an epicenter for music innovation, singer-songwriter Jill Govan brings a fresh perspective to soul music. Jill’s eclectic sound blends sultry vocals, compelling stories, and acoustic-driven grooves reminiscent of great artists like Lauryn Hill, John Legend, and Norah Jones. 

Growing up in the church, Jill began singing in the youth choir and writing songs at age 11. She rounded out her talent when she picked up the guitar as a 19-year-old student at Wayne State University. Since then, Jill has honed her gifts performing at venues across Metro Detroit including opening for Kierra Sheard, Fatai, and Grammy award-winning artist Lecrae. 

She has also been featured at the acclaimed Ford Arts, Beats and Eats, Detroit River Days, Aretha’s Jazz Cafe, Winter at Valade Park, and Hamtramck Music Festival to name a few. Jill is passionate about creating real music with a message and seeks to share God’s love with the world through song. 

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
My biggest challenge, personally, has been staying consistent with releasing music while also balancing family and work. Also, it’s been difficult connecting with producers in the area who understand my sound. I’m believing as I keep creating, I will link with the right people and be able to make the style of music I want to make. I think it’s just a matter of time. 

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
For my day job, I work as a creative director at a church in Detroit called Faith Xperience Church. I get to lead the worship team there and work on a number of things behind the scenes to see the church’s vision come to life. 

I’m really proud of the things we’ve been able to accomplish as a church and with our music team in such a short time. I think I’ve grown and learned a lot about leadership and managing people in this role and I’m proud of that. I really enjoy my job and just grateful for the opportunities I’ve been given to work toward a goal I’m invested in. 

If we knew you growing up, how would we have described you?
I was a shy kid for the most part. Although I was outgoing, I used to be so nervous to do any public speaking or singing in front of people, which is ironic. I broke out of my shell in college. I got a guitar for my 19th birthday and picked it up pretty quickly. I started doing open mics and singing in talent shows on my college campus and that really gave me confidence to pursue a career in music. 

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