Inspired by the Holy Spirit in the streets of London, the shores of the Nile, the Great Wall of China, the villages of India, and the Western Wall in Jerusalem, Jillienne Cherie has written intricately woven rhythms, melodies and harmonies expressing scripture passages to exalt her Creator and inspire listeners.
Jillienne’s varied musical background began with singing as a toddler, adding piano, violin, cello and viola. While other kids were practicing spelling words around the dinner table, Jillienne was spelling chords called out by her musician father. When he needed a drummer for a European tour, Jillienne hopped on a drum set for the first time with a few weeks notice. She discovered her love of jazz when she had one week to cram for a jazz music scholarship audition. Since receiving that scholarship, Jillienne continues to incorporate jazz into much of her music.
By the time Jillienne began her bachelor’s degree in music education at Palm Beach Atlantic University (PBAU), she was a popular musician/worship leader in South Florida. Some of her classmates formed Tenth Avenue North and she played violin on their first album “Don’t Look Back”. Jillienne graduated with honors, receiving the “Most Outstanding Senior” award from PBAU’s School of Music and Fine Arts. She continued to widen her musical endeavors, teaching music in public school, including string orchestra, steel drums and developing a new choral program.
After ministering in Jerusalem two consecutive summers, Jillienne felt called to be a full-time volunteer to Israel. While living in Jerusalem for the next six years, Jillienne served as a worship leader at Succat Hallel (a 24/7 house of prayer), led weekly teams in street ministry, worked with Palestinian refugees in Bethlehem, played in the Hebrew University orchestra, and performed with Liturgi Kal in the first ever Hebrew language presentations of Vivaldi’s Gloria as a soloist and Handel’s Messiah. Presently stateside, Jillienne is working on her fourth album, a second instrumental album titled “Ocean Depths.”
As an accomplished composer, arranger, and instructor, Jillienne’s passion for sacred music is perhaps best expressed through her vocal and multi-instrumental performances. Equally joyful in solo and group endeavors, she seeks to engage listeners and share her heart to inspire hope and worship.