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July 25, 2013

Cardarelli country

Governor's Academy grad making a name for herself in Nashville

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Performing a combination of her original material (“Maybe Baby” and “Worth the Whiskey”) along with cover songs during her 30-minute set, Cardarelli quickly won over the crowd.

“She has this presence,” said her guitarist, Matthew Dolland, a Nashville-based performer and Berklee College of Music graduate. “It’s a voice and a personality. People seemed to be drawn to her. We played a gig a few weeks ago at Legends Corner (in Nashville), and as soon as she hits the microphone, everyone is drawn to her. Not everyone has that.”

On Thursday, Aug. 1, she will perform alongside the popular band The Lost Trailers and Boston native Ayla Brown at Bangor Waterfront Park in Bangor, Maine, as part of the Waterfront Concerts Series.

“When you’re out there, you just hope you don’t forget the words and just want to entertain the crowd,” she said. “It’s really been a fantastic experience, and I feel so fortunate to have done what I have done. I know I will give it my all to continue on.”

About Jillian Cardarelli

Occupation: Singer/songwriter

Genre: Country music

Hometown: Haverhill

Based in: Nashville, Tenn.

Website: Jilliancardarelli.com

Music channel: Youtube.com, “Jillian Cardarelli Official”

Career highlights: Opened for Willie Nelson and Alabama. Released albums “Just Me & You” and “Little Big Sky.”

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