Jill McCracken is an indie-soul singer and songwriter who just released a new album titled "Shake Me Up". McCracken is accompanied by Mandy Goldman, Kevin Ewer, Brendan Duran, Jim Horvath and Jon Petronzio. McCracken and her group of talented musicians brings a groovy and swinging tune that will surely get you moving!
"Shake Me Up" starts with a smooth intro that brings you into a time machine, sipping a milkshake at a small diner. It has the soul and funk influence from trendy 70s music. Despite having a warm and bright sound, do not mistake this for a bubblegum pop kind tune because the song has much more depth in it than just the catchy bright overtones. Jill isn’t shy of saying how she feels and lets the listener know exactly what it is she is thinking and feeling. The chorus is where Jill’s vocals shine and you can hear the bright tone of her voice with hints of grittiness. The song is about really pushing through the difficult circumstances that may hinder while pursuing happiness in life. “If you can’t find your peace of mind, I’m sorry, but don’t step on mine”, this verse is seen as one of the points that Jill is trying to get across. “Shake Me Up” is a feel good inspiring song for those who are looking for a little motivation and some good vibes. Listen to "Shake Me Up" here.
We had the chance to talk to Jill about her new song! Check it out below.
Care to introduce yourself?
My name is Jill McCracken and I'm an indie soul singer & songwriter.
We're completely in love with your new song. Can you tell us a bit about the song and the writing style behind it?
Aw, thanks! "Shake Me Up" is the title track off my newly released album. It's a song about figuring out how to manage some newfound anxiety in my life. As a person who's always been rather joyful, I've found myself feeling more and more wound up in my adult years; I find myself caring much harder and holding so much weight to things that I hadn't felt before. The song is an ask to people to think twice before they put their negative energy into my day-- because that energy feels twice as heavy for me.
But it's a little bit tongue in cheek-- it's like, "okay, I see people out here doing X, Y and Z thing to get rid of their anxiety, so this should work, right? I tried meditating, so I should be all centered now or whatever, right? I've entered in the formula. Is it working?" The song starts with a slow groove, trying to keep the calm, and eventually escalates into a full-blown shaken-up gospel outro.
Where did the inspiration behind the song come from?
The band and I drew inspiration from a few different artists when arranging this song-- specifically, Al Green in its bare-bones soul-centric instrumentation, Kat Wright's "The River" was top of mind in terms of feel for the first half of the song, and then total inspiration from 70s gospel music for the outro.
Let's get personal for a second! What are 3 things you would love your fans to know about you?
Let's see, just the important stuff: I refuse to live anywhere that isn't walking distance from a good coffee shop, Amy Poehler and Pamela Adlon are my heroes, and mustard yellow is my color.
Any upcoming shows in the near future? For a new fan who hasn’t seen you live yet, how would you describe your live performance?
I'm heading out on tour this week! We're hitting Upstate New York (Rochester, Buffalo, Ithaca), Toronto, Philadelphia, and NYC, before heading home to our home base, Boston. Follow me on social media and you can keep up with our tour adventures! And you can check our up-to-date tour gigs by going to the "events" tab on our Facebook page. My live shows have moments of high-impact yellin' and dancin' around, and other softer, more standstill moments of intimacy-- we pack a full range of feeling into each show.
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