BANKS (Jillian Rose Banks)
Banks is a 26-year-old R&B singer and songwriter from California. Her interest in creating music sprouted when she was a teenager, as a means to express emotions. While she began constructing music at a young age, she kept her talents a secret, merely sharing work with her closest friend. After graduating University of Southern California with a bachelor's degree in psychology, her friend sent a tape containing her songs to a producer, who had immediate interest in signing Banks (and did). She still utilizes her music to portray emotions, which she achieves in an incredible manner. Her powerful, silky voice leaves you hanging on each word. Her lyrics are always poetic, leading me to listen to each song repeatedly to deepen comprehension. Although her music tends to be rather melancholy, they also possess empowering properties. Banks is an incredibly unique artist and I look forward to watch her future progression.
This link elaborates on the uprising and lifestyle of Banks.
This music video on Youtube is my absolute favorite Banks song, "Warm Water." Many of her other songs may also be found on her VEVO account on Youtube.
Here is a link to her personal webpage. It contains personal pictures, song posts and tour dates.