Hometown: New York, NY
Jill Gioia: God bless Jill Gioia. Not only is she an extraordinarily gifted singer and songwriter, she also inspired a smashing pair of boots. No joke. Based on her total kick-ass-a-tude musical power, Jill was the winner of the first Steve Madden "Rock n' Sole Band Search Contest" resulting in the Jill Joy boot, named after, yes, her. How many people achieve that kind of honor?
But there are miles more to Jill than a pair of extra sexy boots. The gritty, pretty, super soulful rock singer from New York brings a biting edge to music that makes people sit up and take notice. Jill's credits include numerous radio and TV appearances, back up and opening work for illustrious artists ranging from B-52's to Dee Snider to 98 Degrees, and on major television shows like "The Late Show with David Letterman". She also performed some memorable belt outs of one of the hardest songs to sing-The National Anthem. And her formidable pipes continued to shine in performances at Manhattan Center with INXS and Gloria Gaynor as well as her song "Don't Make Me Wait," which went gold in Spain.
And though she's already appeared in Newsday, Glamour and Billboard, we guess she'll be appearing in a lot more media to come.