Jill Tracy will transport you into a seductive and magical realm far beyond the Everyday. The place where we wished we lived. A dark, elegant netherworld full of hidden passageways, wonder cabinets, and opium dens. Of monsters, marvels and mayhem. You know it’s not safe here; but with Jill Tracy as your guide, you’ll be in no hurry to leave.
The San Francisco-based singer/pianist/storyteller and “musical evocateur” has garnered multiple awards and a passionate following for her eerie and beautiful cinematic music, sophisticated lyrics, old-world glamour, and curious passion for strange tales.
Hailed a “femme fatale for the thinking man” by the San Francisco Chronicle, Jill Tracy was described by NPR’s All Things Considered as “utterly intriguing, transporting you into a magical world solely of her creation.” LA Weekly has deemed her “the cult darling of the Underworld.”
With six albums to her credit, her dark seductive music has appeared on CBS, NBC, PBS, and numerous independent and feature films.
Showtime Networks chose Jill Tracy’s “Evil Night Together” as the “Final Requiem” song to promote the wildly anticipated last season of DEXTER.
Named Best of The Bay, and two-time California Music award nominee, she has collaborated with music legends such as Steven Severin (Siouxsie and the Banshees,) David J (Bauhaus,) Jello Biafra, and famed author Lemony Snicket. Her work has garnered the attention of Clive Barker, director Guy Maddin, and Anne Rice (she has performed at the author’s famed New Orleans Vampire Halloween Ball numerous times.)
With her affinity for odd history tales and unexpected inspirations, Jill Tracy is known for traveling to unusual locales to research and compose music. She has conjured music in decrepit gardens, murderous mansions, abandoned asylums, and haunted castles.
Jill Tracy is the first musician in history to receive a grant from the renowned Mütter Museum of medical oddities in Philadelphia. She is planning a musical work and memoir based around the Mütter’s spellbinding collection, and her chilling tales of spending nights alone in the museum.
Visit Jill Tracy’s official website: http://jilltracy.com/
FROM THE PRESS:
“Jill Tracy is utterly intriguing. She transports you into a magical world solely of her creation.”
NPR, ALL THINGS CONSIDERED
“An elegant and mysterious siren.”
“There’s something otherworldly about Jill Tracy. She has a poise, finesse and enigmatic quality rarely seen these days—she effortlessly floats above the fray.”
SANTA CRUZ METRO
“Think of Jill Tracy’s music as the soundtrack for Union Station filmed in black and white during the eerie build-up to a startlingly romantic plot twist. Describing her sound as “the elegant side of the netherworld,” Tracy has a voice that prompts images of spirits haunting art deco hallways and a knack for writing songs that unfold like the story lines of F.W. Murnau movies that were never made.”
“Equal parts performance artist, filmmaker, musician, and bad-ass icon…Fear not, Jill Tracy is here to deliver us.”
“‘femme fatale for the thinking man’—Jill Tracy is a musical sorceress, evocateur, intrigante, woman of mystery, ‘dark Queen of Melancholia,’…she aspires to transport her listeners to another world — one she calls the “elegant netherworld.”
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
“When you hear Jill Tracy’s lush, sultry voice and experience the spooky melancholy of her lyrics, you’re hooked…you can’t escape the haunting and seductive powers of her macabre torch songs. As you listen, your will is no longer your own.”
“Rooted in film, Jill Tracy’s musical career keeps returning her, darkly, to the screen… Inspired musically by Hitchcock composer Bernard Hermann, and visually by the shadowy black and white imagery of film noir, Jean Cocteau, F.W. Murnau and Fritz Lang, Jill Tracy combines a dramatic piano style that moves from morose to ragtime with seductive, perfectly enunciated captivating vocals. Jill Tracy radiates intelligence with a sophisticated, eerie sensibility… Classical, timeless.”
“Jill Tracy creates an elegant netherworld both seductive and terrifying.”
“Jill Tracy finds a compelling sensuality in everything, from the promise of one wicked night to the fiery end of the world. Her breathy vocals entice the listener into a sonic dreamscape—a dark and magical realm, simultaneously cerebral, sexy and sinister. It’s not safe here, but you won’t be in any hurry to leave. Beneath the force and filigree of Tracy’s original piano lines lurks cold steel—the woman has guts to spare, creating something so distinctive amidst the corporate musical mediocrity that’s poisoning the culture.”
EDDIE MULLER, (Film Noir Foundation, TCM) in NOIR CITY Magazine
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FILM APPEARANCES AND PLACEMENT:
● In the Wake (2001) Jill Tracy narrates the film, the song “Extraordinary” is featured in the score. (director: Erica Jordan)
● The Fine Art of Poisoning (2003) short film collaboration/music video project with animator Bill Domonkos.
● Heavy Put Away (2003) appears as nightclub singer, performed piano score, “Evil Night Together” is the film’s end title song. (FOX Searchlight)
● Ice Cream Ants (2006) stars as the sinister Mona, performed/composed title song “Pulling Your Insides Out.” (director: Jeremy Carr)
● The Black Dahlia (2007) composed/performed the song “Pulling Your Insides Out.” (director: Ramzi Abed)
● NERVOUS96 (2011) Jill Tracy and violinist Paul Mercer scored this surreal short from filmmaker Bill Domonkos
● Other Madnesses (2015) Jill Tracy composed/performed the end title song “Dreamland,” a haunting, melancholy remake of the 1904 tune “All Aboard For Dreamland.” (director: Jeremy Carr)
● Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Ion Network) – features Jill Tracy’s song “Evil Night Together”.
● Navy NCIS (CBS-TV) Episode “Ravenous” – features “Evil Night Together”.
● The History Detectives (PBS)- features Jill Tracy’s song “The Fine Art of Poisoning.”
● Dexter (Showtime Networks) “Evil Night Together” as ad campaign to promote the show’s final season (8) , “The Final Symphony”.
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