Join us for a writers round featuring these three amazing female singer/songwriters from Michigan…
Growing up Jilian Linklater had aspirations to become a pediatrician. After winning a trip her junior year in high school to Nashville for CMA Fest and finding out you could make a living writing songs, Jilian’s plans changed and she redirected her scholarly goals to a songwriting major at Belmont University. The idea of a life as a pediatrician had officially been permanently replaced by the life of an artist.
Jilian has had song placements in the Amazon series ‘Eat the World’ with Emeril Lagasse, A&E’s ‘Born This Way,’ and Degrassi. She has cuts with Christian recording artist Jason Gray, Mama Dear and country group South Haven. Her song “Walking Stories” currently has more than 5 million spins on Spotify.
Katie is a Nashville based singer and songwriter from Ann Arbor, MI. Surrounded by melodies played on her grandfather’s Steinway and harmonies sung by her mom, Katie found a love for song at a very young age. Inspired by artists such as Sara Bareilles, Ben Folds, and Elton John, she began writing music in high school, combining raw, vulnerable lyricism with catchy melodies and pop-piano sounds.
In collaboration with producer Dave Douglas of Danger House Studios and Relient K, Katie brought her first project, “Happimess,” to life in 2013. Proving to be just the beginning of her songwriting career, the debut EP was followed by the full length album, “Loose Ends.” With a full band and a full house, the album was released in the first show of it’s kind to be held at the Indianapolis Arts Garden. Her song, “Different Couches,” earned her the title of “Song of the Summer,” by Indy’s “Do-it Indy Radio Hour,” in 2016 and fueled the “Different Couches Tour,” that followed. Katie’s collection of heartfelt tunes have provided opportunities for shows across the country with artists such as Mason Jennings, Will Dailey, Andy Suzuki and the Method, and Matt Giraud and earned her songwriting showcases at reputable venues such as “The Ark,” in Ann Arbor, and festivals such as “Mile of Music,” in Appleton, WI. Katie released her anticipated followup EP, “The Landing,” in November of 2018. Produced by Jake Rye of Social Recording Company and Sanctus Real, the title track was recognized amongst 19,000 submissions as the first place winner in the Country Category of the International Songwriting Competition of 2018.
As part of the winnings for this accomplishment, Katie was awarded a recording package at The Tracking Room Studio in Nashville, TN. After a full day of recording with grammy winning, Matt Leigh, the assistance of producer and mixing engineer, Jake Rye, and the finishing touches of mastering engineer, Mike Cervantes, “The Tracking Room Sessions,” EP was born. This most recent project is available digitally on universal streaming platforms, highlighting “soaring melodies,” and “songs of heart break and hope,” as reviewed by the Stratton Setlist.
Grace Theisen is a 29 year-old Kalamazoo-based independent Blues/Americana artist. Grace’s love for music started in her childhood living room, harmonizing to folk and blues songs with her family. Inspired by a variety of artists from bluegrass/folk singers like Patty Griffin and Alison Krauss to 1950’s & 60’s Beatles and The Supremes to the King of Blues, B.B, King.
She graduated from Hope College with double major in Psychology and Women’s Studies. As her love for musical composition evolved throughout her college career, she realized singing and songwriting were having a far greater impact on her life than she anticipated.
From 2012-2018, Grace co-founded and ran a nonprofit called Songs Against Slavery. They worked to fight sex trafficking in the United States by raising money and awareness through benefit concerts and musician partnerships. They ran 28 benefit concerts in eight states and raised over $375,000 to aid in the fight against sex trafficking. SAS closed their doors in 2018 because Grace wanted to focus all of her energy on music.
Grace lived in Nashville, TN from 2015-2018 to run SAS full-time. In that time she opened for Emmylou Harris, played the infamous Bluebird Cafe, participated in songwriter rounds at The Listening Room and opened for Matthew Perryman Jones at The Nashville City Winery.
She is currently gearing up for her 2021 EP release which will include 6 tracks all produced and mixed by Jake Rye of The Social Recording Company. Grace wrote or co-wrote every song on the EP. This EP will be a mix of Blues, Pop, and Americana. She recently won Cari Cole’s Best New Artist of 2021.