Jill Saward - Just For You
CD release of the celebrated Shakatak singer’s 1999 album with 3 bonus tracks. Features Jason Rebello and George Anderson.
There was never any doubt Jill Saward was going to be an entertainer, always showing off and trying to steal the limelight at functions and celebrations. When Jill reached 16 she knew it was time to get serious and break into the business. In the seventies women played a small role in the British music scene, there were the pretty pop girls, American soul trio’s and aggressive rock chicks with little or no femininity. Jill was a big fan of progressive rock and decided this should be the first style of band she should look for.
The Melody Maker was the musician’s bible and all great acts were generally formed from this paper. Jill saw an advert looking for a great male vocalist ‘with balls’ and thought the job should be hers! Needless to say she got it through sheer cheek and determination. The band was called Fusion Orchestra and set out to dominate the British club scene from 1969 through to 1972. Fusion Orchestra gained a massive fan base and later secured a recording deal with EMI. Their first album ‘Skeleton in Armor’ received critical acclaim and is still now regarded a collectors piece and a highly sought after record.
Jill played a revolutionary role in Fusion Orchestra, she was young, blonde, powerful and above all sexy. The group were banned from many towns because of the explicit stage show, it was press grabbing material, tame stuff looking at it now, but at the time it really was scandalous! And to think Madonna was still only an twinkle in her mum’s eye! After Fusion Orchestra Jill took a completely different road and got involved with an all girl group called ‘Brandy’, a total change of music, almost bubble gum, but still great fun.
Brandy were snapped up by Polydor who tried to emulate the all girl group ‘The Runaways’. Brandy spent three years touring the UK and Europe but finally split in 1976. Jill had always written her own material and took a year out developing her songs, whilst in the studios she was singled out for session work by various artists and producers and made a good name for herself on the session scene. A band leader called Nicky North just happened to be recording a soul cover album and decided to offer her a job at the world famous ‘Cats Whiskers’. Jill jumped at the chance and once again was thrown into a totally new musical area. The experience she gained with the band was invaluable, every month she recorded a cover album and also backed some of the finest American soul and cabaret artists of the seventies.
During one of their shows a French producer from Orpheus Productions decided Jill was the ideal female vocalist to build a super group around. The french production team had a dream to create a female pop sensation that would be as big as ‘The Beatles’. There were five girls, Jill’s image was to be a wild gypsy, and the other characters were an American cheerleader, a space queen, a sporty type and a cute baby looking type, does that sound a little familiar? Well it was back in 1979, the Spice Girls was also still eggs in their mums tums! The band was called ‘Citizen Gang’.
Jill still kept her ties with Nicky North and the band and continued making cover albums. Nigel Wright and Roger Odell were also in the band, and it was through them Jill got to record some vocals on an experimental track called ‘Steppin’’ which of course went on to be Shakatak’s first white label single. Shakatak were born and Jill was asked to be part of the group and embark on a national tour.
Although Shakatak are busy year in year out, Jill still manages to find time to get involved in her new passion which is developing new artists for her production company FSP. Jill has several new and exciting acts lined up for future stardom, but she’s not moving out of the spotlight just yet!
1. Just For You
2. Jazz In The Night
3. Breathing Space
4. Your Love, My Love
6. When The Trust Is Gone
7. What Goes Around
8. Show Me The Way
9. Where Is The Love
10. Out Of The Dark Days
11. Indian Summer
12. Highly Sensitive
13. Polka Dots And Moonbeams