"Jillian Matundan Music has a husky voice that can be intimate, sensual or strong – with a percussive guitar sensibility that endangers folk audiences with imminent boogie."
— rob Hinkal, ilyAIMY
“Jillian is the whole package, her voice immediately soothes and captures your attention, then her multi-instrumental mastery weaves a new dimension into her music, and of course there are her songs - well crafted poetry that is highly original and yet feels comfortable in a way that only the finest of songs provide. Jillian Matundan is a remarkable artist whose music will stay with you.”
— Ron Olesko, Folk Music Notebook
“Jillian Matundan, [is] a multi-instrumentalist with a talent and intuitive grasp of songwriting, with catchy riffs, cool poignant melodies and a presence that’s at once genuine, earnest and charming. Her songs are personal, yet universal, clever yet sometimes disarming.”
- Rick Landers, Guitar International Magazine
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 continues to win audiences with her deft and percussive guitar style, soothing vocals, and her warm, unassuming, and self-deprecating stage presence.
Born and raised in Central New York, 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 ten Mid-Atlantic Songwriting Awards, Silver in the first-ever Songwriters of Washington COVIDeo contest, and becoming Vienna, VA Idol Runner-up in 2019. Since then, she has played numerous shows and venues such as Rockwood Music Hall, Club Passim, Jammin' Java, The Wharf DC, the Edwards Opera House, Farm Brew Live, Epicure Cafe, and Earp's Ordinary. She has opened for Michael Clem and Greg Howard (Rockwood Music Hall), Anne Hills (Focus Arlington), and Scott Cook and Pamela Mae (The Listening Booth).
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 late 2021 and through 2022. The new album will be released next year.
Jillian Matundan is an award-winning, multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter living in Northern Virginia who rediscovered her music after a 15 year hiatus. She ventured to local open mics in 2019 and has been on a tear, winning ten Mid-Atlantic Songwriting Awards since. Her music and style are a blend of her favorite acoustic, rock, indie, and folk influences and inspirations. She continues to win audiences with her deft and percussive guitar style, soothing vocals, and her warm, unassuming, and self-deprecating stage presence. She released her debut EP, "Hangin' On", in 2020 and will release her first full-length, fully crowd-funded album next year.
Jillian Matundan is an award-winning, multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter who returned to music in 2018 after a fifteen year break and has been winning awards and audiences with her unique guitar style and warm vocals. in 2020, she released her debut EP, "Hangin' On". She is releasing a full-length album next year.
The Songwriters' Association of Washington
MID-ATLANTIC SONG CONTEST AWARDS
MASC 39 (2022)
Adult Contemporary: Gold, "Frozen"
Folk Acoustic: Finalist, "Fall in New England" (co-written with Sue Horowitz)
Open: Honorable Mention, "Fall in New England"
Pop: Honorable Mention, "Frozen"
MASC 38 (2021)
Folk Acoustic: Finalist, "Safe"
MASC 37 (2020)
COVID-19 Songs: Finalist, "All I Can Give"
Open: Finalist, "Monkey Paw"
Vocal Jazz/Blues: Honorable Mention, "Only Water"
MASC 36 (2019)
Adult Contemporary: Finalist, "Hangin' On"
Open: Honorable Mention, "Monkey Paw"
EMERGENT SEED VIRTUAL GIG GRANTEE
2021, "All Mine"
The Songwriters' Association of Washington
STREAMCATCHER COVIDEO 19 PROJECT
Silver, "All I Can Give"