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Interview:
Banks cashes in on her music after a decade of preparation
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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Jillian Rose Banks -- who performs under her surname only -- started writing songs when she was 15 years old but chose not to release any of them publicly for a decade.

"It was my choice," says the 26-year-old California native, who released her debut album "Goddess" in September following two EPs from 2013. "There was something that was holding me back from releasing it. I just didn't feel ready, and I was patient with myself.

"I do remember having moments of feeling of feeling almost like you want to talk, but you're mute. I wanted people to know about this huge part of me nobody really knew. I felt like this Juicy Fruit in a box that no one had tasted or something."

It was worth the wait for Banks. After those early EPs she was one of MTV's Brand New Nominees, was nominated for the BBC's Sound of 2014 award, named an Artist of the Week by Vogue and appeared on more "ones to watch" lists than she can count. She opened for The Weeknd, appeared at the Coachella and Bonnaroo festivals, and her song "Waiting Game" was featured in Victoria's Secret's 2013 holiday commercial.

"Goddess" debuted at No. 12 on the Billboard 200 last month, and Banks says that after a decade of incubating she's gradually becoming accustomed ot her new notoriety.

"I hid behind my music for so long, it's like a huge new thing for me to just put my face out there with it," Banks explains. "The first song I released, I didn't even have a photo with it. So I still can't find the words to express what it feels like to have people singing my songs at my shows and just screaming the lyrics and seeing them feel so hard what I wrote.

"It's the best. I keep thinking of how to express what that feels like, but I can't, at lest not yet. I would have to write a song about it, I guess."

Banks, Movement and Lil Silva

Saturday, Oct. 4. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit

Tickets are $29

Call 313-961-8137 or visit www.livenations.com

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