Jillian Rae

Lauded as a “triple threat on vocals, fiddle and composition” (Star Tribune), Jillian Rae is a fiercely unique spirit who cares more about making authentic music than about conforming to expectations. The Minneapolis-based, classically trained violinist turned country fiddler has become a commanding international presence— writing powerful genre-bending songs, heading up her own critically acclaimed indie rock band, and backing up Grammy-winning acts like The Okee Dokee Brothers. Although she got her start playing with folk and country bands, Rae’s latest album, I Can’t Be the One You Want Me to Be (2019), took a decided turn into pop and rock with unflinching, hard-hitting songs. It also showcased her skills as a multi-instrumentalist and orchestrater with layered violin tracks saturated in heavy grooves and moody arrangements. The album’s final track, Wayward One, was featured prominently in the hit Chinese film The White Storm 2 and has catapulted her into near stardom in China. 

Slowly emerging from the pandemic shutdowns, Rae has hit the ground running, recording and releasing new music. Singles Doing My Best and Stuck (both released in 2022) showcase her diverse songwriting ability. “I always found it hard to find a genre that I completely fit into and identify with. I realize now that being told to ‘pick a lane’ had really held me back from fully expressing myself and what I’m capable of musically. So now, after years of overthinking it, I can happily say that I finally figured out how to give zero f***s about what ‘the collective they' think I should be writing and releasing, and just go with the flow. My goofy little eclectic flow. Now, I finally feel like I have permission to write and sing and play exactly what I want to put out into the world. And it’s really nice! Freeing.” In early 2023, on the heals of a health scare and major surgery, Rae embarked on a three month long sabbatical to Spain, spending her time healing and writing. Her latest single Barely Breathing (a drippy piano ballad with string orchestrations and throwbacks to radio hits of the 1960s) was released in April 2023, shortly after her return to the US. She plans to hit the studio in early 2024 to start work on her next full length album.

In addition to her work as an indie musical artist, Rae is an in-demand producer, session player, and music educator. As an educator, she is beloved for her passion and down-to-earth individualized instruction, in her decades-long-running roster of private students. In the studio, she is known for her soaring pop orchestrations, fiddle parts, and thoughtful arrangements. 

Past Shows


Jan
18
th
2024
Turf Club
Sep
1
st
2023
Turf Club
Sep
1
st
2023
Turf Club

A Tribute to
Shania Twain

featuring Faith BoblettMaria CoyneClare DoyleLaura HugoJaedyn JamesJillian RaeLeslie Vincent
Aug
24
th
2023
Turf Club
Aug
24
th
2023
Turf Club
Sep
16
th
2022
Turf Club
Sep
16
th
2022
Turf Club

A Tribute to
Shania Twain

featuring Faith BoblettJaedyn JamesJillian RaeLaura HugoLeslie VincentSavannah SmithSiri Undlin (of Humbird) • with a special DJ set & Line Dancing Lessons from Hold Your Lady Tight Night
May
19
th
2022
Turf Club
May
19
th
2022
Turf Club

Tiffany

with Jillian Rae
Apr
27
th
2022
Turf Club
Apr
27
th
2022
Turf Club

Tribute to
Emmylou Harris & Loretta Lynn

featuring Cathy 'N Abel, Doug Collins, Jennifer Eckes, Vicky Emerson, Annie Fitzgerald, Zachary Scot Johnson, Lakewood Cemetery, John Louis, Sarah Morris, Mother Banjo, Jillian Rae, Lara Shortridge, Savannah Smith, Katy Tessman, Katy Vernon, and Nicole Wilder
Jan
14
th
2022
Turf Club
Jan
14
th
2022
Turf Club
Cancelled

A Tribute to
Dolly Parton

with CECELIA ERHOLTZ (of TABAH), DIANE, FAITH BOBLETT, JAEDYN JAMES, JILLIAN RAE, LESLIE VINCENT, LYDIA LIZA, MADISON HALLMAN, MOLLY BRANDT, SIRI UNDLIN (of HUMBIRD), and THEYSELF
Aug
27
th
2021
Turf Club
Aug
27
th
2021
Turf Club

A Tribute to
Shania Twain

Backed by the All Star A LITTLE TOO SHORT TO BE STORMTROOPERS band featuring members of GENERAL B AND THE WIZ, RUBEN, THE OK FACTOR, THEYSELF, SLEEP STUDY, and THE PLOTT HOUNDS
with Jillian Rae, Faith Boblett, Savannah Smith and more!
May
24
th
2021
First Avenue
May
24
th
2021
First Avenue

Bob Dylan 80th Birthday Bash Tribute

Live from First Avenue + Livestream

featuring TURN TURN TURNTERRY WALSH (St. Dominic’s Trio) • DEMITRI RALLIS & JOE DUNN (Frogleg) • LYNVAL JACKSON (International Reggae All Stars) • CURTISS AERIK KOSKINENDAN ISRAELCOURTNEY YASMINEHMARY BUEGINI DODDSBECKY KAPELLJILLIAN RAEJOSH GRAVELINPAUL BERGEN
with music by The St. Louis Park Wrecking Crew
Apr
3
rd
2020
Turf Club
Apr
3
rd
2020
Turf Club
Cancelled

Bora York

Album Release Show
with Syvers and Jillian Rae
Mar
4
th
2020
7th St Entry
Mar
4
th
2020
7th St Entry

Maria and the Coins

with Jillian Rae and Emily Haavik
Nov
29
th
2019
Turf Club
Nov
29
th
2019
Turf Club

A Tribute to The Replacements and The Melismatics

with Annie and the Bang Bang, Mad Ripple Hoot for Slim, Al Church and more!
Aug
29
th
2019
Turf Club
Aug
29
th
2019
Turf Club

A Tribute to
Shania Twain

Backed by members of GENERAL B AND THE WIZ, RUBEN, THE FEDERALES, TABAH, SLEEP STUDY, and THE PLOTT HOUNDS
with Jillian Rae, Lydia Liza, Savannah Smith and more!
Feb
1
st
2019
Turf Club
Jan
24
th
2019
Turf Club
Jan
24
th
2019
Turf Club

Kari Arnett

with Ben Miller, Savannah Smith, The Home Fires and more!
May
2
nd
2018
Turf Club
Jul
19
th
2017
7th St Entry
Jul
19
th
2017
7th St Entry
May
18
th
2017
Turf Club
May
18
th
2017
Turf Club

The Suitcase Junket

with Del Barber and Jillian Rae
Jul
23
rd
2016
Surly Brewing Festival Field
Jul
23
rd
2016
Surly Brewing Festival Field

Dr. Dog

with Shakey Graves and Jillian Rae
May
10
th
2016
7th St Entry

More Shows

Dec
21
st
The Cedar Cultural Center

Michael Kosta

Aug
4
th
Turf Club

Magic Sword

Jul
8
th
7th St Entry

Fiddlehead

with Graham Hunt
Oct
12
th
The Fitzgerald Theater

Brad Williams