Jillian Kerr was born and raised on the outskirts of Ottawa, in a small community called Kinburn.

Growing up, there was always music playing in Jillian's house. She could hear it from the speakers or watch her dad practicing a new tune to play at the family bonfires.

Cottage campfires were and still are a huge part of Jillian’s life - a time when everyone gathers on warm summer nights to play and sing together. From the moment she was born, Jillian has been heavily influenced by the sound of acoustic guitars and simple country melodies.

As Jillian grew older and began learning to play, she sought her own sound, becoming instantly attracted to the music of female folk singers such as Joni Mitchell, Sarah Harmer, and Amelia Curran. Jillian fell in love with their meaningful lyrics and gentle voices.

Jillian writes lyrics that listeners can relate to, but weaves in hints of mystery in each song. Her songs speak to a depth beyond her years as a songwriter. Her most intriguing quality stems from her unique and soothing voice that leaves audiences wanting more. She has been described as sounding “like a cross between Sarah McLachlan and Alanis Morissette” and yet still has a touch of something all her own.

Jillian is going into her final year at Carleton University to complete her Bachelor of Music Honours degree.

Her new EP, titled Dreams, was released this past summer as her very first CD. It was recorded in Barry’s Bay Ontario, a small town near her family cottage, at Mask Productions Studio. Another CD is already in the works.


New EP - Downtown (June 2017)

Debut Album - Dreams (August 2015)

Watch Jillian Live

2017 Ottawa Bluesfest
Date: Friday, July 7
Venue: Barney Danson Theatre
Time:6:00pm - 7:00pm

  • West End Well
  • WestFest 2015
  • Wakefield - Kaffe 1870
  • Musik Ottawa 2015
  • The Gladstone Theather
  • MEGAPHONO 2016
  • zaphods beeblebrox
  • The Daily Grind
  • Maison Baguettes
  • Ottawa Grassroots Festival
  • Ottawa Bluesfest 2016
  • Ottawa City Folk 2016
  • Open for Ian Tamblyn @ Irene's
  • Avante Garde


" From the boat song, which is about a childhood fishing trip memory, to a song about moving from the country to living in downtown Ottawa, Kerr’s lyrics and voice are captivating.”

      ~ Allison Larocque, Glue Magazine

" Kerr won us all over with her small town valley charm, wonderful voice and story telling lyrical content. Kerr’s song “Downtown” was one of my favourite songs of the day. "

      ~ Eric Scharf, Ottawa Showbox: MusikOttawa 2015 Review

" Jillian is blessed with significant natural talent, including a beautiful and distinctive voice"

      ~ Jill Zmud

" Jillian Kerr is a natural- an excellent songwriter, with an engaging voice and a wonderful ease on stage. You can't teach what Jillian has - she has the gift"

      ~ Ian Tamblyn

" If a river could write songs and sing, it would sound like Jillian Kerr"

      ~ James Keelaghan

" She has got it, that magical stage presence that so many seek - she wears it naturally. Her beautiful voice and lovely guitar work complement the songs and stories crafted by a musician to keep your eye on. This young star will soar........"

      ~ Paul Hempsey