The name Jillian Banks may not mean much to a lot of people. Her debut album dropped last year, and she got a lot of praise for it. Critics loved it, but it wasn’t a mainstream sound. Now that MTV has called her out as the artist to watch, more people may recognize her.
As an artist with a debut album, Banks had a wonderful sound, but she didn’t really have a gimmick. Katy Perry dropped a bisexual anthem with “I Kissed a Girl.” Brittney Spears, in her early years, had the school girl costume that made her a rare teenage sex symbol. Fans failed to reach pop star domination because she just didn’t have any of this. What she did have, however, was great songwriting to showcase her talents.
She didn’t hit the pop circuit because she is not one of those artists that are designed to appeal to teenagers. Banks is young, but she has a grown up sound. She writes about love and love that is lost. In songs like “Beggin’ For Thread” she writes about how emotions and failed love can drive a person crazy. All of her wisdom shines through in her songwriting and this has kept her fan base growing. Her melodies on this album have also give her a unique sound. Many onlookers like Sam Tabar feel that the bass heavy tracks are bold and unique, and that is why her fans want more.