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From country-rock to jazz, Jill Jack reflects on two decades of making music in Michigan

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Our conversation with Jill Jack.

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Fans of singer-songwriter Jill Jack know she's been a mainstay of Detroit’s music scene for over two decades.

Back in October, she released her 12th full length album These Days, a nod to the Jackson Browne tune.

At the 2017 Detroit Music Awards, Jack was recognized for Outstanding Americana Artist/Group, Outstanding Americana Vocalist and Outstanding Jazz Recording for "Pure Imagination."

Listen to the full interview above to hear Jack talk about a year of challenges, staying in Michigan and setting the record straight on rumors of retirement.  

“I've been out of the country, I've been in every state, and there is just something about Michigan that makes me grounded, feels safe, makes me feel, you know, just myself," she says.

Jack will be at The Ark in Ann Arbor this Saturday night, January 13th. 

Support for arts and culture coverage comes in part from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

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Mercedes Mejia produces interviews for All Things Considered, including the music segment Songs from Studio East. She also produces content for Stateside. Mercedes relocated to Michigan from New Mexico, where she earned her BA in Latin American Studies and Journalism. She began in public radio as a reporter atKUNMin Albuquerque. She brings extensive video production skills from her work at Univision and Edit House Production.