Network Under 40
Join Network Under 40 on June 21 at AJ’s Good Time Bar, country music star Alan Jackson’s restaurant and bar, located in the heart of downtown Nashville. With
Jillian Edwards is one of Nashville’s rising singer-songwriters and released her latest album earlier this year. Daydream features the song “Gotta Have You,” which was premiered by Ryan Seacrest on his radio show On Air with Ryan Seacrest. This November and December, she can be found as a special guest on Steven Curtis Chapman’s Joy: The Christmas Tour featuring Brandon Heath.
How did you end up in Nashville?
I am from Dallas, Texas. I fell in love with Nashville when I lived here for the summer of 2010 pursuing music. I went back to Texas to finish my last year of school, then moved right back a couple of weeks after graduation to pursue music full time. That was about three years ago.
If you had to choose a different career, what would it be?
I think I would design and own a coffee shop. I wouldn’t want to actually be the boss of the place; I would just want to be the idea person. I’d love to decorate and create a beautiful and comfortable place for people. Maybe host little intimate shows on a humble indoor stage and be a champion for songwriters I believed in.
Is there a quote that you have found that you lean on?
There is a quote I wrote on the back of a manila folder that I taped to my wall in my college bedroom. It’s by Jon Foreman: “If you approach the world with the apron of a servant, then you are allowed to go places that you can’t go if you approach it with the crown of a king.” I love that, because to me, it illustrates so perfectly that my purpose in pursuing music isn’t about being the great somebody, but it’s about giving to the world in the most natural way I know how.
What are your travel essentials while on tour?
My two travel essentials while on tour are dry shampoo (cannot tour without it) and lavender linen spray. This week my tour crew consists of myself, my tour manager, and my Mazda. It gets pretty stuffy in there, so a spritz of linen spray in the car every couple of days freshens things up.
What was the last great meal you had in Nashville?
[It] was at Barbara’s in Franklin. It’s simple home cookin’ and it’s amazing. Poppy-seed chicken, fresh rolls, mashed potatoes…all the good stuff.
Name another Nashville woman who you admire and tell us why.
Ellie Holcomb. I admire her for many reasons, but one of them is because everything she does (in her music career and in her life), she does because it mirrors who she is. Every choice has purpose. She works really hard, but she doesn’t spread herself too thin. I’ve never met anyone who wasn’t delighted to be around her. I’m reminded of this every time I have the pleasure of catching up and/or writing with her.
Tell us one thing that people might be surprised to learn about you.
Everyone seems to think it’s strange that I was a cheerleader in high school. I guess that makes sense because I don’t love sports. I liked it though. Being cheery was fun.
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