BANKS (born 15 June 1988) aka Jillian Rose Banks is an up and coming R&B singer-songwriter hailing from California, US.
Music has often been used as a form of therapy and release, something Banks is more than an advocate for. At the age of 15 she was presented with keyboard as her parents were in the middle of divorce. Teaching herself to play she would find herself locked away in her room writing and recording tracks onto a Dictaphone inspired by artists like Tracey Chapman, Lauryn Hill and Fiona Apple. The result would be very raw and gritty personal lyrics which were very telling of her mind set and feelings.
Going to university, Banks embarked on a degree in Psychology instead of pursuing a career in music. With terrible stage fright she would occasionally perform at open mic nights with her back to the audience, encouraged by her friend Lily Collins (son of Phil). During her studies Lily sent some of Banks’ demos to Katy Perry’s tour DJ Yung Skeeter who was incredibly impressed by her talent that he offered to manage her which would lead to her signing with the label Good Years Recording in 2013.
Her first official single “Before I Ever Met You” streamed on Soundcloud racking up over 218,000 plays and it wasn’t long before it caught the attention of Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe and released in February 2013. The following month her debut EP “Fall Over” hit the interweb as a digital release and soon the buzz surrounded this exciting new talent. Banks became hotly tipped by many music publications as an act to watch out for in 2014 featuring in BBC, MTV and Spotify polls.
Joining The Weeknd on a support slot for his US and UK tour in the autumn of 2013 saw Banks garner unprecedented popularity as audiences fell in love with her intimate, revealing and vulnerable lyrics coupled with her incredibly soulful and distinctive vocals.
Banks’ debut album “Goddess” released on 5 September 2014 landed respectably in the top 20 album charts in seven countries as it received critical acclaim, filled with dark and gloomy synths and enchanting qualities.
Most artists revel social media, but Banks shies away from it and instead maintains a very intimate relationship with her fans by posting her personal mobile number giving her fans access to the person beneath the artist