Crafting sultry, moody R&B that drew comparisons to FKA Twigs and tourmate the Weeknd, Jillian Banks started writing as a teenager in her native Tarzana, California after a friend gave her a keyboard.
For years, she wrote and played as a personal release, but she uploaded "Before I Ever Met You" -- a sleek, low-key track that sounded like the work of someone who had grown up listening to Fiona Apple and Massive Attack -- in early 2013. Within a matter of months, the Los Angeles native was releasing singles for Good Years (in the U.K.) and the reactivated Harvest (in the U.S.), including "Warm Water" (produced by Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs) and "Fall Over." That September, she released a four-track EP, London, as she was opening for the Weeknd during a North American tour. Her full-length debut, Goddess, which featured collaborations with producers Justin Parker and Shlohmo, arrived in September 2014. ~ Andy Kellman, Rovi