Jillian Matundan is an award-winning, multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter living in Northern Virginia. Her music and style are a blend of her favorite acoustic, rock, indie, and folk influences and inspirations. She's been winning audiences with her deft and percussive guitar style, soothing vocals, and her warm, unassuming, and self-deprecating stage presence.
Born and raised in New York State, she fell in love with classical music when she began taking violin lessons at the age of three. Jillian trained on piano, flute, and even sitar-but is self-taught on all the other instruments she plays (guitar, ukulele, banjo, mandolin, string bass, and a host of other random instruments). She took a fifteen-year hiatus from writing and performing music to pursue her career in the labor movement when she re-discovered her musical muse in August of 2018.
Encouraged by friends and fellow songwriters, Jillian began playing solo at local open mics in January 2019, sharing songs she had only started writing a few months before and has been on a tear ever since, winning six Mid-Atlantic Songwriting Awards (list and links to the right), Silver in the first-ever Songwriters of Washington COVIDeo contest in 2020, and becoming Vienna Idol Runner-up in 2019 (Virginia). She released her debut EP, "Hangin' On" in June 2020 and has collaborated and worked with other musicians as a session musician in recordings and live-shows. In August of 2021, she successfully fundraised her first full-length studio album with Plaid Dog Studios in Boston and began recording in the winter. The new album will be released in 2022.
The Songwriters' Association of Washington
MID-ATLANTIC SONG CONTEST AWARDS
"Jillian can really get a song across to an audience. She is comfortable and self-depreciating on stage, and an expressive singer and a really solid guitarist. I've discovered that she's also an award-winning songwriter with humor and heart. "
-Ben Hamblin, President Reston-Herndon Folk Club
"Is there an instrument Jilllian Matundan DOESN'T play - and play with great enthusiasm and skill? Probably, but I have yet to find it. Jillian is a bright young star from the North, and is gracing our music scene in vivid ways. Her musical spirit is expressive, energetic, melodic, and always a delight. Her writings evoke story lines and a depth that is hard to avoid, and always comes with a heaping spoonful of fun. One thing that helps in her many endeavors....she doesn't miss a single trick."
-Marco Delmar, Producer (Recording Arts) & Producer Emeritus (Wammie Awards)
"Listen to emerging performing and recording artist, Jillian Matundan - soon you'll realize her unique and fabulous imagination. Just try to keep up with her rapid-fire fusillade of notes, staccato syllables, and impossibly quick, precise strumming. Just try to keep up with her colorful visual images in her lyrics as they fly by with her own beautiful blur of creativity. She will grip your ears, which will be smiling when you hear her."
-Ron Goad, Drummer, 7-time Wammie Winner (Most Supportive of Washington Music)
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