Saturday, October 29, 2016

Song Review- Jenny Gill - "Your Shadow" (Song of the Year Candidate)

Artist: Jenny Gill
Song: "Your Shadow"
Album: The House Sessions
Rating: Five out of Five Stars

When your father is Vince Gill, perhaps the most-awarded singer in country music history, there’s a double-edged sword when you’re carving out your own career as Jenny Gill is doing. Name recognition is a positive, but constant comparisons and unfair accusations of “carpetbagging” are bound to arise. On this powerful and autobiographical piece, Jenny provides an emotional and raw look at this head-on. She covers the power of the musical compass that her father has laid out for her and the risks of being burned by the spotlight and not living up to the high standards the Gill name has in Nashville and beyond. It’s phenomenally well-written, providing a glimpse into what it must be like making your own name in a field in which your (last) name has already been made. As someone who followed his own father both in name and in career, “His Shadow” tells a story that hits close to home. Incredibly, Jenny carves out a substantial piece of art under her own name out of a tribute to where she comes from. You'll see this track again on our top songs of 2016 list in the coming months.


  1. I cried through this song having first takien notice of Jenny singing with Vince on "It's a young mans town" I paid closer attention then when I would see her around town in Nashville with other songwriters. The heart of Jenny is so well expressed in the words , melody and artistic instrumental arrangement.This song is Heavenly anointed and the tears expressed by me where in celebration of Jenny coming into her own as an accomplished artist <3

  2. I remember Jenny singing with Vince a long time ago- can't remember if it was a Christmas Song but it was many many years ago ! You'll do good! Keep it up !

  3. I saw Jenny performing in August in Maryland this summer at her Dad's show and she blew us away. She definitely is her Dad's daughter - same wonderful talent and just as humble. Loved all her songs that night and love this song as well. I have been a fan of Vince Gill ever since he was with Pure Prairie League. I will be a fan of Jenny's for a long time to come as well.

  4. ConVinced in ConnecticutOctober 31, 2016 at 11:36 PM

    Moved, I am moved! Truly a talent! She took the terrific genetic gifts from her father and mother and has become herself.