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Interview - Jillian Lee Antinora
Based in Colorado, folk singer-songwriter Jillian Lee Antinora has an intriguing background in music. She studied at AMDA in NYC, is a member of Actor’s Equity Association, and has performed professionally in musical theatre, and on cruise ships. Outside music, she owns a real estate agency, is a mother of six, and is continuing to pursue her passion in music.
After she had her sixth child, Jillian Lee Antinora began exploring her love for music while learning how to play the guitar. Since then, she has written and performed her own music. She writes songs about her life - the good, the hard, and the messy. She has released two albums, Make My Day (2021), and Wash Over Me (2022), and a Christmas EP, Joys of Christmas (2021).
Jillian Lee Antinora returns with her brand-new folk track ‘Laid Down Your Love’. The well-crafted songwriting, alluring storytelling, along with her captivating vocals, will draw the listener in from the very first note.
We sat down with Jillian Lee Antinora to discuss her music and much more. Here is what she had to say:
Hey Jillian Lee Antinora welcome to FLEX! How are you?
Hi there! I am so happy to get to do this interview, thank you!
Congratulations on your brand-new single ‘Laid Down Your Love’ - what inspired this particular project?
This is a song I wrote about five years ago and finally recorded it this Fall. I wrote it when I was struggling with all the pressures of life, feeling like I couldn’t keep up. So…I guess it was inspired by a bit of sadness and frustration? That’s probably how a lot of songs are written actually.
And do you have to be in a certain mood to write?
I usually write when I have some kind of heightened emotion, either when I feel elated or in despair, either one makes for inspired writing . It flows much easier when you are in a heightened mood, then I just have to go back and edit. My heightened moods make for a lot of creativity and emotion, but I usually need to clarify and give more detail in my lyrics when I am in a steadier place. The words that come out when I am in a mood often only make sense to me. I am trying to get better at editing.
How was the recording and writing process?
It was great. I really love writing and recording. I often love rehearsals and the creative process more than the show. I was the same way in theatre. My favorite part is rehearsal. I actually rearranged this song quite a bit in the studio and I was happy with the result.
For viewers that don’t know Jillian Lee Antinora how would you describe your sound?
I would describe it as light, pretty, folksy, and soulful.
And what are some of those activities that you engage yourself in when you aren't writing or recording in the studio?
I have my own real estate brokerage, so that keeps me busy, and my six kids of course. I really love to dance, so I do that whenever I can, and I can’t wait for Summer so I can spend time gardening.