Crafting sultry, moody R&B that drew comparisons to FKA Twigs and tourmate the Weeknd, Jillian Banks started writing songs as a teenager in her native Tarzana, California after a friend gave her a keyboard. For years, she wrote and played as a personal outlet, 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, including "Warm Water" 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, arrived in 2014. ~ Andy Kellman
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