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Jill Jack is feeling new career momentum

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She has nine albums and nearly three dozen Detroit Music Awards under her belt. But Jill Jack is feeling a new surge of momentum in her well-established career.

"Absolutely, something's happening," says the Ferndale-based singer-songwriter, who releases her latest album, "Sunflower Girl," this weekend. "I feel like there's a surge, definitely a momentum. I'm not sure where I took a turn, but all I know is I'm ready. I'm working hard.

"Can I predict what's going to happen? No, but I know if I keep persevering things just keep opening up for me. I'm definitely in a better place now than I ever have been.

Jack's recent triumphs have included two dates opening for Bob Seger and his Silver Bullet Band, writing and performing the theme song for the pro-Detroit I'm A Believer campaign, which won Best of Show at the Mercury Excellence Awards, and a Top 10 finish in the Susan Millsap Songwriting Contest in Utah. The latter also yielded three of the 11 songs that appear on "Sunflower Girl." "I realized, 'That's why I came on this trip -- not to win. To finish my album," Jack says.

"Sunflower Girl" was recorded at The Tempermill in Ferndale, with Jack producing herself for the first time.

"I've been going into the studio long enough...so instead of hiring a producer and telling him what I wanted, I just did it this time," says Jack who also works part-time at the UHY accounting firm. "As much as I say I fly by the seat of my pants or go by my gut, I really do think about things and knew what I wanted to do...And the first day we got seven or eight tracks done.

"So it wasn't intimidating to go in there. This record was very painless, and I'm really happy with it."

Jill Jack celebrates the release of "Sunflower Girl" with a concert on Saturday, May 12, at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St. The Potter's Field opens. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25. Call 248-399-2980 or visit www.royaloakmusictheatre.com

Web Site: www.royaloakmusictheatre.com

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