There is a distinctive first impression upon meeting Singer/Songwriter Jillian Cardarelli. The All-American sweetheart is well aware that in order to find success in this town one must be willing to blaze their own path. A Massachusetts native turn Nashville resident, Jillian has forged down that path with her stunning vocals, captivating songwriting, and strong work ethic, all while maintaining her humble personality.
Rolling Stone ranked Jillian at the top of their list of 10 New Country Artists You Need to Know and Nashville Lifestyles Magazine highlighted Jillian in their annual Music in the City issue as one of the Top New Artists to Watch in 2018.
Jillian made tour appearances with Lonestar, Jake Owen, Jana Kramer and Easton Corbin on the heels of the release of her debut single, "Rerun” that was written by Grammy Award-winning artist Maren Morris, Tina Parol and Jordan Reynolds. The single was the first track released from her upcoming self-
titled EP. The music video of “Rerun” was showcased as part of CMT’s Artist Discovery initiative, spending two weeks at #1 and several weeks in the Top 10 videos on CMT due to fan voting. Her second single, “Souvenirs,” aired on Radio Disney Country while the music video spent eight weeks
in the Top 10 videos online on CMT. Fox News co-host of The Five, Jesse Watters, raved about the
single on his show upon its release. Jillian walked the Red Carpet for the CMT Awards in June 2018 and
performed at CMA Fest on the Radio Disney Country stage.
She is currently working on her debut album, which is certain to resonate with a wide variety of music
“Listeners can expect something for everyone with the upcoming release,” explains Cardarelli. “This
album will have songs to fall in love to, mend a broken heart, reminisce and dance to. My goal is to write
and perform songs that touch people. Music is a universal language with which we can all connect, and
that to me is a beautiful thing. Songwriting is all about being vulnerable and honest, which at times can
be scary, but I believe the best songs are ones that come from a real place or experience.”
In addition to performing, Jillian has found success with songwriting, landing her first major label cut
with Australian artist Jody Direen on ABC Music and co-wrote Cort Carpenter’s single “What Were We
Drinking,” with the music video surpassing 1.5 million views on YouTube.
She credits her grandfather, who was stationed in Georgia during World War II where he fell in love with
the heartfelt words and melodies of country music and brought that love of country back home. At a
young age, Jillian fell in love with country music herself, from hearing Merle Haggard and Patsy Cline
playing from her grandfather’s living room stereo.
Jillian’s first solo performance took place at her church and, at the young age of four, Jillian knew what
her life-long ambition would be. George Strait, LeAnn Rimes, Faith Hill and Shania Twain are some of
her inspirations, with her biggest inspiration being the King himself, Elvis Presley.
“I remember watching Elvis’ Aloha in Hawaii concert with my dad when I was a little girl and just being
captivated by his voice, charisma and stage presence,” says Cardarelli.
Jillian later went on to win the New England Country Music Organization’s Female Vocalist of the
Year in 2012.
In early 2017, Jillian’s talent captured the attention of William Morris Endeavor as they signed her to